Brown Sugar Blondies

Blondies – or blonde brownies – are for those who aren’t big chocolate fans. Or, for people like me – who have a sweet tooth no matter what the form of dessert is. These beauties are made with a soft, buttery brown sugar base and filled with white chocolate chips and walnuts for the perfect texture crunch!

blondies drizzled with caramel on a wooden board with white chocolate chips

What the heck – you may ask – are blondies? Blondies are brownies without cocoa. Instead of a chocolatey taste, they have a beautiful vanilla + brown sugar + buttery flavor. The brown sugar and melted butter adds a super moist texture, and they are just sweet enough without being over the top.

I had a craving for something not chocolatey, but also not a cookie. Am I weird like that? Luckily, these take minutes to stir up and prepare for the oven and they are ready to be eaten.


  • Unsalted Butter: Melted butter is the base of these blonde brownies to give it a beautiful, chewy texture and taste. It’s similar to how we make cookie bars.
  • Brown Sugar: The molasses in brown sugar gives the perfect amount of moisture to this dessert – as well as the golden-brown color of the blondies.
  • Egg + Egg Yolk: Adding an extra egg yolk provides a perfect amount of richness to this recipe! Save your egg whites for breakfast, or another dish.
  • Mix-Ins: Go crazy – we’re using white chocolate chips and walnuts in this recipe, but you can switch it up to whatever you fancy… sprinkles, pecans, espresso chips, etc.

How to Make Brown Sugar Blondies

These white chocolate blondies will disappear at a party or gathering faster than you would anticipate. Good thing that they are so easy to make!

  1. Start out by creaming together the melted/softened butter and brown sugar until fully smooth and combined.
  2. Stir in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract.
  3. Sift together your dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, a little at a time, until a thick batter forms.
  5. Fold in any mix-ins now.
  6. Add to a brownie pan lined with parchment paper and bake. That’s it!

In addition, I topped this batch off with my homemade caramel sauce – found in my cookbook Plate Night In. If you haven’t leveled up your kitchen game by purchasing, you can click on the link above to order!

My Brown Sugar Blondies have made their way to countless parties and potlucks, and they never last long! I’m sure you probably have all the ingredients in the pantry – so let’s get to baking!


What’s the difference between blondies and brownies?

Blondies use vanilla extract and brown sugar to get their signature flavor, while traditional brownies use cocoa/chocolate. They both have a really soft texture and bake easily!

How do you store blondies?

Store these blondies in an air-tight container for 3-4 days (if they last that long.)

How long do you bake blondies in the oven?

We’re only baking these for 16 minutes – my recipe does not create a thick blondie, so you don’t want to overbake. They should still be a little gooey in the middle as they leave the oven, and then they will finish cooking in the pan.

Other Tasty Desserts For Your Sweet Tooth!

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Peanut Butter + Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet

Mini Cheesecake Cups

hands holding a slice of brown sugar blondies with caramel drizzle

Brown Sugar Blondies

Shani W.
These Brown Sugar Blondies – brownies without cocoa – are filled with a buttery, vanilla, brown sugar taste and packed with chopped walnuts and white chocolate chips. You haven't lived until you've tried one (or three!)
Prep Time 8 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 9 blondies


  • ½ cup unsalted butter melted
  • ½ + ⅛ cup dark brown sugar tightly packed
  • 1 ct. egg
  • 1 ct. egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ⅛ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts optional
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Line a 9 x 9 brownie pan with parchment paper.
  • Pour melted butter and brown sugar into a large bowl and stir until combined.
  • Add in the egg + egg yolk and vanilla extract; stir again until completely combined.
  • In a separate smaller bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, a little at a time, stirring until fully combined.
  • Fold in the chopped walnuts and white chocolate chips.
  • Pour batter into the brownie pan (batter will be very thick.) Spread the batter around in the pan until even.
  • Bake for 16-18 minutes, until a knife in the center comes out clean.
  • Let cool for 5-10 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!
Keyword Blondies, Desserts, Sweet Tooth

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hands holding a slice of brown sugar blondies with caramel drizzle

The Coined Breakdown

  • Total Cost per serving: $0.42
  • Total Cost (9 slices): $3.81
  • Those Other Guys: $4.99 per blondie

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