Brown Sugar Blondies

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

Brown Sugar Blondies. That’s the tweet.

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.

A quick note: You can use light brown sugar instead of dark if that is all you have. The dark brown sugar gives a more depth of flavor and provides a bit more moistness (is that a word?? Grammarly says yes) to the blondies.

I added white chocolate chips and chopped walnuts for the photo, but you can really switch up the mix-ins to whatever you fancy – regular chocolate chips, pecans, sprinkles… I also have been known to eat these plain and straight out of the pan, but don’t judge me!

In addition, topped this 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! (Also – storebought caramel sauce will work fine.)

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!

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 mins
Cook Time 19 mins
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 20 minutes, until a knife in the center comes out clean.
  • Let cool for 5-10 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!
Keyword Blondies, Desserts, Sweet Tooth
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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