This sweet Blondie Recipe is made without chocolate! These are a great spin-off of classic blondies and take only minutes to mix together! I have heard these called Knock You Naked Blondies, but haven’t tested it. 😉 If you are looking for a great chocolate brownie, try my Brownie Recipe!
Blondies, also known as blonde brownies, are rich dessert bars that are made with brown sugar to give them that extra sweetness. There is no chocolate to be found in a blondie bar, but other ingredients like the butterscotch chips I added in this recipe are commonly added. In fact, blondies may have come before chocolate brownies since Fanny Farmer made ‘brownies’ without any chocolate back in 1896!
This dessert bar is easy to make and a great alternative to the classic chocolate brownie.
Ingredients (full recipe below)
- Unsalted butter
- Light brown sugar
- Egg yolk
- Vanilla extract
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Butterscotch chips
How to Make Blondies
This batter is made up of melted butter, a fair amount of brown sugar, and much less flour than normal which is great for a soft and chewy blondie. But the addition of the butterscotch chips really puts them over-the-top. You can, of course, use milk chocolate chips or white chocolate chips if you prefer, or even do a half and half combination of your favorite chips.
First, combine the melted butter and brown sugar in a large bowl. Stir well before adding the eggs and egg yolk, one at a time, mixing it all together. Next, add the vanilla.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch (the ingredient that helps the bars from getting too dry), baking powder, and salt. Stir the dry mixture into the butter and egg mixture until completely combined.
If the batter is getting too thick, you can always use a hand mixer. Finally, gently fold in the butterscotch chips. Spread the batter into the 9×9-inch pan and bake for 35-40 minutes. If you are using a 9×13-inch pan, you will bake the bars for 25-30 minutes. Let them cool before cutting them.
Why add Butterscotch to Blondies?
Butterscotch is a flavor made from melted butter and brown sugar. As you see in the recipe, those are the two primary ingredients in these blondies. No granulated sugar is used, giving these bars a great rich flavor. So, the added butterscotch chips simply step up the sweetness of the bars a notch.
Since these bars are a lot sweeter than a chocolate brownie, I recommend cutting your pieces a bit smaller than you might usually want to (or don’t…it’s entirely up to you)! If you want to make these blondies without the butterscotch chips you will then have a more “traditional” or “standard” blondie recipe.
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This sweet Blondie Recipe is a rich dessert bar with added butterscotch chips.
- 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, melted
- 1 3/4 cups (350g) light brown sugar, tightly packed
- 2 large eggs + 1 egg yolk, room temperature
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups (285g) all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups (250g) butterscotch chips
Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C) and prepare a 9x9-inch pan by lining it with parchment paper (or lightly grease and flour). (You could use a 9x13-inch pan for more servings, but the bars will be thinner.)
Combine melted butter and brown sugar in a large bowl. Stir well.
Add the eggs and the egg yolk, one at a time, stirring well after each addition.
Stir in the vanilla extract.
In a separate, medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt.
Gradually stir the flour mixture into the butter and egg mixture until completely combined. Stir in butterscotch chips.
Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan. Bake at 350°F (177°C) until edges just begin to turn golden brown (35-40 minutes). If you are using a 9x13-inch pan, bake for 25-30 minutes.
Allow to cool before cutting and serving.
Samantha Merritt is the baker and blogger behind SugarSpunRun.com!