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The BEST Blondie Recipe (the only one you need)

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This is the ONLY Blondie Recipe you need! These easy blondies are cookie bars full of your favorite candy or chocolate chips.

I’ve been making this recipe in different ways for YEARS and it’s the best.


stack of blondies

When Jordan was in Kindergarten we went to our first elementary school carnival. Held in October each year it was a community event, kind of a back-to-school fun evening for kids and parents. Each grade was in charge of a different booth: Kindergarten always ran the snow cone machine, fourth grade did the cake walk, etc. Fifth grade was the year I was always going to look forward to: the bake sale for UNICEF.

Anyway, during that first carnival I (of course) checked out the bake sale table. Our neighbor at the time had a fifth grader, so she was working the table and pointed me to her donation: a gooey chewy toffee blondie. It was a super soft and chewy blondie bar filled to the brim with Heath bars. I inhaled it in about two seconds and immediately begged for the recipe.

In the 8 years since that first bite I’ve been making that blondie recipe in different forms: with caramel and Crunch bars, with Milky Way candy bars, cinnamon roll blondies and so many more recipes. I finally decided, since I’m focusing on BASIC recipes this year, that I should post the basic blondie recipe. It’s great with ANY flavor addition!

What is a blondie? Besides being one of my favorite desserts, a blondie is a fudgy baked bar reminiscent of a brownie without the chocolate. (You’ll often hear them called “blonde brownies” for this reason.) They’re crunchy on the outside and gooey on the inside and are better than any cookie, and easier to make too.

This basic recipe is the BEST blondie recipe you’ll ever make. It’s chewy and soft, stays soft for days, and is great with any candy or even plain!

chocolate chip blondies

One of the things I love about this blondie recipe is how chewy AND soft they are. How do you make chewy blondies?

I think the main reason the texture of these blondies is so great is because of all the brown sugar in them. There is 2 cups of brown sugar in this recipe! 2 cups sugar to 1/2 cup butter, which seems like a lot, but creates the best ever texture and flavor.

Brown sugar gives so much flavor and texture to baked goods. You’ll notice most of my cookie recipes have mostly brown sugar in them; that’s because brown sugar gives a depth of flavor and keeps baked goods soft.

I love a cookie or bar that is soft AND chewy AND gooey, and these blondies fit all three!

There are three magical reasons why these blondies fit all three of those categories:

  • Real butter, not oil. The flavor of butter is a must!
  • BROWN SUGAR, as before mentioned. 2 full cups, packed!
  • 2 eggs in the batter make it a looser dough, allowing the end product to be gooey. But the egg yolks lend to a chewy texture.

This basic blondie recipe will be your go-to and is the perfect blank canvas for any flavor combination!

blondie recipe

Whether you want peanut butter blondies, butterscotch blondies, or just plain chocolate chip, this is the recipe for you. Use your creativity: choose up to 2 cups of any combinations of mix-ins to make your favorite cookie bar.

The BEST Blondie mix-ins are:

  • M&Ms
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Nuts
  • Butterscotch chips
  • Peanut Butter chips
  • Chopped candy bars like Snickers, Milky Way, or peanut butter cups
  • Anything YOU like!

If you love blondies, try all my favorites:

chocolate chip blondies
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Servings: 24 bars

Best Blondies

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
This is the ONLY Blondie Recipe you need! These easy blondies are cookie bars full of your favorite candy or chocolate chips.


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar — packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups mix-ins: toffee, chopped candy bars, M&Ms, chocolate chips, nuts, etc


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x13” pan with foil and spray well with cooking spray.
  2. Mix butter and brown sugar with a stand or a hand mixer until crumbly. Mix in eggs and vanilla until smooth. Mix in salt, baking powder, then flour. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of the mix-ins.
  3. Spread in prepared pan. The mixture is wet so it’s best to spray your hands with cooking spray and then smooth the dough with your hands to get an even layer. Top with remaining mix-ins
  4. Bake for about 22-25 minutes until they start to turn golden. Err on the side of under baked with these - they’ll finish baking as the cool and you don’t want them over baked.

Recipe Video

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bars

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 serving) — Calories: 224, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 27mg, Sodium: 70mg, Potassium: 58mg, Carbohydrates: 36g, Sugar: 27g, Protein: 2g, Vitamin A: 175%, Vitamin C: 0.1%, Calcium: 45%, Iron: 0.9%

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  1. Thank you for a great basic recipe! I made two batches of salted caramel chocolate chip Blondies yesterday, and my church family and in-laws loved them! The recipe is so easy and the addition of choosing whatever mix ins you feel like is so adaptable! I will be going back to this often!

  2. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  3. You are not kidding about the name! These ARE the BEST Blondies!!! This was my first time ever having them and also making them and I may never make chocolate chip cookies again (and I have a chocolate chip cookie that I call “the best ever”) because these were so much easier to make and fabulous! Thank for sharing this recipe with us. They will be made again and again! 

  4. My daughter and i made our first Blondies ever tonight with this recipe and I can’t imagine how there could be a better one. You’re right that it is the only one we need. We sprinkled in a few mini-chocolate chips and I can see how it would be perfect with lots of different add ins.

    Thanks for a great recipe for a new favorite.

  5. My rating is based on the cooking time.  The ingredients were spot on, but I needed to bake this 45 minutes.  After removing from the oven after 25 minutes, they were complete goo.  Placed back in for another 20, & they were still gooey.  Let them cool, cover & sit overnight and they were delicious with coffee the next morning.

  6. These look amazing… making it tonight yum!

  7. These are the best! I make them often with different mix-ins and take them to work. They are gone by lunch!.

  8. Really do recommend extending bake time.  Excellent recipe, however in a 9X9 using convection oven 38 minutes needed.

  9. So delicious but like other review said, needed MUCH longer to bake! Around 45 minutes or even longer. Great recipe though! 🙂

  10. Made these with PB chips and all dark brown sugar. My husband is euphoric. He gives them A Plus. They were perfect and only needed an additional 10 minutes to make a them perfect blonde. Major YUM!

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