Chunky Blond Brownies

Tomorrow, January 22, is National Blond Brownie Day!

Isn’t that a good reason to celebrate something delicious right in the middle of winter?  Who doesn’t need a tasty pick-me-up when the weather is dreary and the temperatures are frigid?

Chunky Blond Brownies

Regular chocolate brownies are classic, but several years ago these chunky blond brownies won second place in a Taste of Home brownie contest.  Which means they’re ranked right up there in the brownie-delishiousness category.

If you’ve never had a blond brownie I’ll give you a little introduction to them.  They resemble the traditional chocolate brownie, but are based on brown sugar instead of cocoa and are baked in a pan just like chocolate brownies.  They’re sometimes confused with white chocolate brownies, although they are highly different, because they don’t have any chocolate except for chocolate chips.  Blond brownies usually aren’t frosted because the brown sugar gives them a sweet, rich flavor and they may include chocolate chips, coconut, nuts, toffee, or any other chunky candy for added texture.  And just like chocolate brownies, they’re often served topped with ice cream and chocolate or caramel sauce.

A regular chocolate brownie is hard to beat so I don’t make blondies very often but when I do this is the recipe I pull out.  Every time I make them I think why don’t I make these more often?  They’re chewy and packed with lots of yummy goodness without being chocolaty.  Those that don’t like chocolate {like my husband} like these much better than chocolate brownies.

So treat your family to these Chunky Blond Brownies and have a celebration in honor of these little beauties. 

Chunky Blond Brownies


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup vanilla chips {or less}
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips {or less}
  • 3/4 cup chopped almonds or macadamia nuts {I use almonds}


  1. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars.
  2. Add the eggs and vanilla; mix well.
  3. Add the baking powder and salt; stir to combine.
  4. Add the flour and mix well.
  5. Stir in the vanilla chips, chocolate chips, and nuts.
  6. Spread the dough into a greased 9x13 baking dish.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

Recipe source: an old Taste of Home recipe


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5 Responses to Chunky Blond Brownies

  1. Jennie January 22, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

    That looks so good! Thanks for sharing your recipe! I am giving away a Starbucks Verismo Brewer on my blog and would love if you would come by and check it out!

    • Lori January 24, 2014 at 10:45 am #

      Thanks, Jennie. I popped on over ~ you have some great things going on.

  2. Winnie January 27, 2014 at 2:40 am #

    I love blondies and I loooooooove brownies – and this recipe is just perfect 🙂
    Looks scrumptious and delicious 🙂

  3. Alecia January 27, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

    These look so good! I am craving something sweet and these probably will hit the spot. Thank you for linking up to Tasty Tuesdays last week. As one of the co-host, I will be featuring your recipe on my site, Detours in Life, for Tasty Tuesdays tomorrow. Stop by and grab a feature button when you get a chance.

    • Lori January 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm #

      You just made my day, Alecia! Thanks for the feature. You’ll have to let me know how you like them. I’ll stop by and see my feature and grab a button.

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