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Classic Blondies

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Whoever dreamed up these buttery blondies back in the day was a person after my own heart, that’s for sure. Butter and brown sugar and are two of my favorite things on planet Earth and they are the star ingredients in these rich cookie bars
I have an intense love for this particular dessert and it’s pretty silly how mushy I get when I bake up a batch of them. Seriously, I start using all kinds of sappy, romantic-sounding words and phrases that weird my family out. But, (just humor me here for a second) in this recipe it is kinda like butter and brown sugar get married and have the perfect cookie bar baby… right?!

Well, anyhoo…I really do see this recipe as a complete and perfect union of two old, dear …delicious friends. I mean, just look at that pan of golden goodness..(!!) it’s just a ridiculously beautiful thing to me.
It’s true love, I tell ya!
Oh wait, it’s more like this: love at first sight every. single. batch.  Okay, I’ll stop now…
Aside from how scrumptious these blondie bars are, another thing I love about them is how truly simple they are to make! It’s a no-fuss recipe that requires just a handful of everyday ingredients to bake a big batch.
I use this Vollrath ice cream scooper to make even cupcakes too! I love it.
I’ve seen lots of adaptations to the basic blondie recipe over the years, both in print and online. Various versions of these cookie bars call for nuts, chocolate chunks, white chocolate chips, or even shredded coconut being to be added in to the batter, and I’m sure all of those flavor combinations are delicious.
Nevertheless, I’ll always stick with my gorgeous, butterscotch-y, classic blondies.

Every once in while, I’m actually told that my favorite, modest blondies are little boring or there’s speculation that the recipe might be a bit better with a little something else added in for texture, etc. Well, you can bet your buttons that I will always and forever disagree completely with those kinds of complaints when it comes to this dessert. But, I will just keep my objections to myself because I truly believe everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, after all.

However, when it’s all said and done, I can usually fix anyone’s opinionated, broken wagon with a warm blondie on a plate and one cute, little, foodie term:  a la mode! 

Classic Blondies                                                               printable recipe
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 25 min
Servings/Yield: Will vary based on how you slice them
  • 3/4 cup salted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Combine flour, salt and baking powder in a medium bowl and set it aside.
2. In a large bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs, one at a time and combine.
3. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Mix until just combined, careful not to over-mix the batter. Batter will be a thick, spreadable consistency.
4. Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Pour batter into greased pan and spread evenly. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
5. Cool pan on a wire rack for at least 20 minutes and serve warm with scoops of vanilla ice cream, if desired.


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  1. Hi Olga, I will go visit your page! Thank you for your comment!!

  2. Hi Laura, we love them. They are ready to dress up! Thank you 🙂

  3. They never last long, David but I would make a batch just for you! Thank you 🙂

  4. They are super versatile, Grace! Thank you!!

  5. This looks so delicious.
    My cooking blog is in spanish with google translator in many Languages so I hope you liked.


  6. I absolutely love blondies but have never made a batch this simple and classic. I bet it allows the flavors and texture of the blondie to really shine through.

  7. How gorgeous your blondies look, so pretty and decorated to perfection feady for eating, noone could resist this amazing dessert! just beautiful thank you for sharing 8)

  8. I'm more of a chocolate gal myself but love the way you topped these with ice cream and chocolate sauce 🙂

  9. I think it might have just autocorrected your name to Marcella – if it did, it was my laptop, not me!

  10. I haven't had a blonde in years… and I would come over to your house to get one, but I fear they are all gone by now. Am I right, Marcella?? 🙂

  11. what a perfect pan of bars! seriously, these look ideal for eating plain and for prettying up with sauces and ice cream. 🙂

  12. Buttery blondies? I'm in! These look terrific — loaded with flavor. Thanks!

  13. Hi Cheri, I was glad when the rest of the family finished them off because I have the same issue 🙂 Thank you!

  14. Hi Marcelle, oh I love these too, they are perfection. I will have to cut the recipe in half because I know myself, I wont' be able to stop eating them until they are all gone.

  15. That looks sinfully decadent and divine!

  16. I'm a huge fan of blondies and they're even better with a scoop of ice cream 🙂

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