best ever blondies

Please stop reffering to blondies as “brownies without chocolate.” It makes them seem lacking.  When I think of them as “brownies without chocolate,” I wnoder where the gooey chocolate is after every bite, and fail to appreciate the chewy, buttery sensation that is unique to blondies.

I still remember the first time I had a blondie. It was a butterscotch blondie, and it was unreal. To me, it’s not a blondie unless it’s full of butterscotch chips. Of course, these would be delicious with pretzels, nuts, M&Ms… but if you’re anything like me, don’t forget the butterscotch!

Now that my school is going through the peak of our fall sports season, there are so many bake sales/team events that I can’t even keep them all straight. These blondies are the perfect thing to bring to bring to bake sales for the following reasons.

1) I can prepare the entire batch in one bowl, in less than 10 minutes.

2) They are easy to pick up and eat.

3) They fit easily in a ziploc box in my backpack, and still look like blondies after being toted around in my bag all day.

4) I can throw whatever odds and ends I have around the kitchen into the batter, and they will be equally delicious. Ex. awkward handfuls of candy corn and abandoned Twix bars regularly make the mix.

5. They are mindbogglingly delicious.

What do you like to bring to bake sales?
With love,

8 tablespoons (1 stick, 4 ounces or 113 grams) butter, melted
1 cup (218 grams or 7 3/4 ounces for light; 238 grams or 8 3/8 ounces for dark) brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla or 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Pinch salt
1 cup (4 3/8 ounces or 125 grams) all-purpose flour
1/3 cup butterscotch chips
1/3 cup chocolate chips

  1. Butter an 8×8 pan
  2. Mix melted butter with brown sugar – beat until smooth. Beat in egg and then vanilla.
  3. Add salt, stir in flour. Mix in any additions.
  4. Pour into prepared pan. Bake at 350°F 20-25 minutes, or until set in the middle. I always err on the side of caution with baking times — nobody ever complained about a gooey-middled cookie. Cool on rack before cutting them.

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

    8 thoughts on “best ever blondies

    1. Sophie Harriet

      Erica! Oh. My. God. These are just sensational! Made them this morning and by the time I'd even thought to take a photo that had been devoured by my family. I am a huge blondie fan and these are scrumptious – you are definitely going to get that Food Network show someday!

      1. Cannella Vita

        Thank you so much! I am so glad you liked them! 🙂 Next time you make them, send me a pic! I would love to see!

    2. Leanne Schreiber

      This looks divine! Would I be able to swap the butterscotch chips for white chocolate chips since butterscotch chips is very hard to find in South Africa. Love your blog!

      1. Cannella Vita

        Thank you! You can totally sub in white chocolate chips! You could also even substitute chocolate chips, toffee chips, or whatever other mix-ins you like… this recipe is extremely versatile!

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