Simple to make, this scrumptious blondie recipe is sure to be a favorite. Gooey blondies melt in your mouth with buttery caramel flavor. Try them today!

Image of easy, rich blondies on a cooling rack with milk in the background.

I’m a blondie fan. No, I’m not talking about Blondie, the popular American rock band. Blondie brownies!

Have you ever tried a blondie? You may think a brownie without chocolate is missing something essential and would be kind of boring. Not true! These gooey treats are pretty much irresistible and not boring at all. Without the chocolate, the caramel flavors of butter, brown sugar, and vanilla shine through. 

Today’s blondie recipe is a classic. Plain, no frills, perfect just the way they are. 

If you take a look at my recipe files, you’ll see that I’m kind of crazy about blondies.  One of my most popular and requested recipes is for these chocolate chip blondies. You’ll also love raspberry white chocolate blondies, peanut butter cup blondies, and caramel Biscoff brownies. So good!

But today I’m bringing you the purist version, straight up blondies. I know you’re going to love them.  

PS: They’re the perfect blank slate for add-ins. We’ll talk about that soon!

A stack of plain blondie bars.

About this easy blondie recipe:

This blondie recipe is almost embarrassingly easy to make. I bet you have all the ingredients you need to make this recipe right now. It will take you about 5 minutes to whip them up, all in one bowl, and the blondies bake in less than a half hour. These bar cookies are so delicious! Why not give them a try? 

Simply blend together melted butter and brown sugar. Stir in an egg and two teaspoons of vanilla. Top this mixture with a cup of flour, baking powder and salt, and mix it all together until just combined. Pour the mixture into a pan, pop it in the oven, and just wait for the delicious smells to come wafting out. Wasn’t that easy?

Bet you can hardly wait to try them! Your house will smell like a bakery. 

What is the difference between a brownie and a blondie?

Blondies are blonde brownies, that is, brownies without the dark brown cocoa. Instead of chocolate, blondies get their rich caramel flavor simply from butter, brown sugar, and vanilla. 

Image of freshly baked blondies on a cooling rack, with a red and white towel. Milk is also pictured.

How to make these homemade blondies your own:

Blondies are pretty delicious just the way they are but if you’re looking for ways to make this recipe your own, here’s a few ideas.

  • Add butterscotch chips to enhance the caramel flavor of blondies. White chocolate chips would be good, too.  See some other options above. Or stir in colorful jimmies, M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces, or another candy you like. 
  • Replace half or all of the all purpose flour with whole wheat flour.
  • Blondies are considered a bar type of cookie but they can be a delicious, easy to make dessert too. Put a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of a blondie and drizzle a little caramel sauce over it all. Try this homemade caramel sauce or bourbon caramel sauce. 

Image of blondies on a cooling rack.

Storage Tips

After the blondies have completely cooled, cut into squares and store in an airtight container for up to 3 days on the counter, a week in the fridge, or 3 months in the freezer. 

Easy to make blondie recipe creates the caramely blondies pictured in this image. They are stacked up with parchment paper separating them, with milk in the background.

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Easiest Blondie Recipe

Easiest Blondie Recipe

Yield: 12 bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Simple to make, this scrumptious blondie recipe is sure to be a favorite. Gooey blondies melt in your mouth with buttery caramel flavor. Try them today!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (one stick), melted
  • 1 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper and spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together melted butter and brown sugar until smooth. Add egg and vanilla and stir until well combined. 
  3. Measure out flour, baking powder and salt. Put into bowl right on top of wet ingredients, then stir until just combined.
  4. Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake for 25 to 28 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with moist crumbs. The blondies will be slightly browned around the edges. Cool for at least 20 minutes in the pan before lifting the blondies out of the pan by grasping the edges of the parchment paper. Set on a wire rack to finish cooling.
  5. Cut into squares and store in an airtight container.

Notes

  • If desired, add 1 cup butterscotch or white chocolate chips, or ½ cup colored jimmies, or 1 cup chopped walnuts. Mix into batter after adding dry ingredients or sprinkle on top. 

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 square
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 172Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 76mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 0gSugar: 15gProtein: 2g
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Verdict: I love how full of caramel flavor these are. They’re rich and irresistible! 
Husband’s take: Ben loves these with chocolate chips, but he has no complaints about this version, either. And my kids ADORE them!
Changes I would make: None at all, but have fun with trying some mix-ins! Walnuts or pecans would be so good if your house isn’t nut-free like ours. 
Difficulty: SO easy!