These easy baked blondies are a baker’s dream, no matter what your level of baking experience may be!
Why do I love these easy blondies?
The recipe calls for basic, pantry ingredients.
You can mix these up by hand in 1 bowl.
And who doesn’t love a recipe with the deliciousness of melted butter and brown sugar? I see you nodding your head. I’m with you!
A Basic Baked Blondie Recipe
What I also love about this recipe is that it is the perfect foundation for your favorite add-ins, so when a certain craving or creative whim hits, you know where to start.
Related: German Chocolate Caramel Cake
My favorite extras for this easy baked blondie recipe are white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts. But sometimes, it’s just pecans. Or chocolate chips. Or dried cranberries. How about chopped-up candy bars? You get the idea.
Is A Blondie A Brownie?
Well, yes. And, no.
My easy baked blondie (or any blondie for that matter) and brownies are both considered bar cookies. So in that way, they’re the same.
What makes a blondie a blonde instead of a brownie brunette is the absence of cocoa powder. Most of the other ingredients are the same in blondies and brownies.
I’ll leave the debate over whether blondes have more fun to you.
A Few Tips For Baking Easy Blondies
I’ve found that using parchment paper in my baking pan makes these bar cookies so much easier to cut and promotes really even browning.
Be sure to leave some “overhang” on each side so that you can easily lift your blondie right out of the pan when cool. Then place on a cutting board and cut into squares.
These easy baked blondies are rather decadent and rich.
Remember the butter and brown sugar conversation from earlier? So while you may be tempted to cut these into a dozen beautiful blondies, once you do that, cut those 12 pieces in half, giving you 24 pieces.
I did a lot of taste testing around the sizes for you (I’m such a giver) and this method seemed to be just right.
Buttery and delicious, these easy baked blondies mix up quickly and are a tasty treat!
- 1 cup butter
- 2 cups packed brown sugar (light or dark, either work)
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 c. all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- **Extras....see notes
- Preheat over to 350 degrees. Line a 9x9 baking pan with parchment paper, leaving overhang on the sides so you can easily lift out the blondie once baked.
- Melt butter.
- In a large bowl, mix together melted butter and brown sugar. Add eggs and vanilla to this mixture and with a whisk (or electric mixer) mix together until mixture is smooth.
- Add 1 cup of the flour and mix together. Add remaining flour, salt and baking powder. Mix together until incorporated.
- If adding extras, like chips or nuts, fold in.
- Spread mixture into baking pan.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown and pick inserted into center comes out clean.
- If using chocolate or white chips, sprinkle a few across the top, lightly pressing in. Don't worry, if you leave these alone, they'll keep their "chip" shape as the blondies cool. This is purerly a decorative step, It isn't necessary.
- Let Blondies completely cool (about 2 hours) before cutting.
If you decide you want to add some extras in to this blondie recipe, use 1 cup total.
So if you do all chips, then 1 cup of chips. But if you do chips and nuts, then 1/2 cup of nuts and 1/2 cup chips.
Have You Ever Tried Apple Blondies?
If you’re loving the idea of these buttery easy baked blondies, then I have another recipe you may want to check out.
Click HERE for my Apple Blondies. They’re one of my most popular recipes and definitely a fun twist on the traditional blondie bar.
I’m excited to hear what you think when you try my easy baked blondies! Be sure to let me know if you try them straight up, or add some yummy combination of extras.
And remember, if you bake up a batch, be sure to post them to social media using #justjillrecipes and #justjillbauer. I’d love to see what you’re cooking up in your kitchen.
From my kitchen to yours,