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Chewy, Chunky Blondies

Chewy, Chunky Blondies

Ahh blondies. They may represent the one instance in life when blondes get overlooked for a brunette. Brownies are by far the more popular of the two bar cookies, but blondies have made quite a name for themselves recently, and with all sorts of varieties cropping up, they allow for infinite creative experiments. I recently made Snickerdoodle Blondies, which I couldn’t keep my hands off of (and now I’m craving snickerdoodle cookies, fall, hoodies, apple cider and football – cinnamon does it to me every time!). It was only the second time I had made blondies, with my maiden voyage being the Coconut Chocolate Chunk Blondies, and now with my third, I think I’m a certified member of the fan club. The brown sugar and butter create a velvety butterscotch flavor that is slightly sweet, rich, and a perfect canvas on which to lay your favorite combination of flavors and ingredients.

Chewy, Chunky Blondies

One of the things I love most about brownies is how simple they are to throw together and the minimal amount of equipment and time needed. Although most blondie recipes I have come across do require you to beat the butter and sugar with a mixer, it’s just as easy as regular cookie dough, and in fact, even easier because there’s no shaping or dropping needed – you just spread the dough right into the pan and pop it into the oven.

I love this combination of semisweet chocolate, butterscotch, walnuts and coconut, but you could substitute any of your favorite – white chocolate, peanut butter chips, toffee pieces, etc. I do love the addition of the nuts in this recipe – they add a bit of crunchy texture and break up the sweetness. Again, use your favorite – pecans, almonds, peanuts, etc. I can’t wait to see the blondie variations that you come up with!

Do you have a favorite blondie recipe?

Chewy, Chunky Blondies

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Chewy, Chunky Blondies

Yield: 36 bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1½ cups light brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips (or 6 ounces chocolate, chopped)
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut

Directions:

1. Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter a 9x13-inch baking pan; set aside.

2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

3. With a stand or hand mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add both sugars and beat for another 3 minutes, until well incorporated. Add the eggs one by one, beating for 1 minute after each addition, then beat in the vanilla. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the dry ingredients, mixing just until they disappear into the batter. Using a rubber spatula, stir in the chips, nuts and coconut. Scrape the batter into the buttered pan and use the spatula to even the top as best as you can.

4. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center of the blondies comes out clean. The blondies should pull away fromthe sides of the pan a little and the top should be a nice honey brown. Transfer the pan to a rack and cool completely. Cut into bars; store in an airtight container at room temperature.

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57 Responses to “Chewy, Chunky Blondies”

  1. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit on August 18, 2010 at 12:10 am

    I’m of the thought that blondies really need something extra in them, like chocolate chips or nuts. The “add-ins” in these look yummy!

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  2. Sara on August 18, 2010 at 1:25 am

    You know? I’ve never made blondies! I was looking for a recipe with that something more and I think now I found it! I will have to try this

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  3. Paula on August 18, 2010 at 3:18 am

    looks absolutely delicious!

    have a nice time!
    Paula

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  4. Katie on August 18, 2010 at 4:07 am

    Wow, they look great. I love blondies, especially Snickerdoodle blondies :)

    Katie xox

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  5. LimeCake on August 18, 2010 at 8:11 am

    i love blondies, possibly even more than brownies. ack! these look amazing!

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  6. foodlvr on August 18, 2010 at 9:05 am

    I adore blondies. My first taste was at an art movie theatre in Cambridge, MA in the 80′s. Afterfinding them there, I was fascinated but I couldn’t find them anywhere else. I have only tried to make them in the past. They were good but not as good as I remembered. I will try this one soon and see if they match my memories.

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  7. Ashley Annie on August 18, 2010 at 9:37 am

    These look so yummy! I never liked blondies much until I worked at Starbucks and they sold a piece of heaven called the “Cranberry Bliss Bar”… I’ve been meaning to try and dupe that recipe for a while. You’ve reminded me to get my butt in the kitchen and figure it out!

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  8. Jenny Flake on August 18, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Gorgeous and boy do these look incredible!!

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  9. RavieNomNoms on August 18, 2010 at 10:07 am

    These look great! Awesome pictures!

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  10. Just Food Snobs on August 18, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Chewy, gooey brownies how could you go wrong! Your brownie recipes are the best and give me lots of inspiration to start baking. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Maria on August 18, 2010 at 10:38 am

    These are my favorite!! Love them. I even made them for our wedding-for the cookie/candy dessert station!

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  12. SprinkledwithFlour on August 18, 2010 at 10:41 am

    These looks so good. I love how thick and chunky they look!

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  13. Dana on August 18, 2010 at 10:43 am

    I’m a member of the blondie fan club, too!! In fact, I’m a member of the brownie and blondie fan clubs… maybe I have a problem lol

    Reply

  14. The Weekend Gourmet on August 18, 2010 at 10:44 am

    I don’t bake that often, but I do think these are something I could make this weekend!

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  15. Kathia on August 18, 2010 at 10:48 am

    I totally love blondies, and your mini cake stand. I have the same one, even has the same ribbon.

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  16. Tina from PA on August 18, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Please sign me up for the Blondies Fan Club! I love blondies , I love a old recipe I found years ago for the good old traditional blondies with lots of butter,brown sugar,lot of coconut,and tons of pecans! Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

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  17. Tracy on August 18, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Yum! I think you are the queen of brownies and blondies. These are a must-try!

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  18. Belinda @zomppa on August 18, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    I think my favorite might be this one!

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  19. Joanne on August 18, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    I am one of those crazy people who likes blondies WAY better than brownies. My favorite are Bittman’s butterscotch blondies…but these are bound to rival those. I made your snickerdoodle blondies and thought they were FANTASTIC.

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  20. Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) on August 18, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Awesome looking blondies. Love all the add-ins!

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  21. Jillyann on August 18, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Oh Jeez…kill me why don’t ya?? How am I supposed to stay on a diet looking at this stuff?? These look awesome.

    Reply

  22. Lauren at KeepItSweet on August 18, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    I don’t like coconut in anything but you make these look good!

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  23. Ameya on August 18, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    These look heavenly! Chocolate, coconut, butterscotch and walnuts-so many of my favorite foods combined into one dessert, so you can be sure I’ll be trying this out very soon!

    Reply

  24. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on August 18, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Ooh… Love all of the “extras” in those brownies… chocolate, butterscotch, walnuts, and coconut? Yum!

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  25. alison on August 18, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Another home-run! My mouth is watering!

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  26. I like any kind of brownie as long as it doesn’t have any chocolate in it. I’m a brunette but in this case I’ll take a blonde any day. That does look amazing; very chewy and gooey. Yum.

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  27. Heidi's Recipes on August 18, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    I’ve yet to meet a blondie that I didn’t like, but I love ones with a combo of chocolate and butterscotch chips. Also, a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top never hurts either.

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  28. Maggy@ThreeManyCooks on August 18, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    These look delicious. LOVE Blondies. Must make these STAT!

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  29. Debbie on August 18, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    I think I could eat this whole pan! I don’t think I have ever baked with butterscotch before, looks like this will be the first!

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  30. madge @ vegetariancasserolequeen on August 19, 2010 at 12:45 am

    Ha ha! Cinnamon, I agree. I won’t bake with it unless its autumn! The blondies look amazing!

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  31. marla {family fresh cooking} on August 19, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Do I have a favorite blondie recipe?? I think that would be all of them. Give me a pan straight out of the oven and trouble would start! Yours look amazing. xo

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  32. Cookin' Canuck on August 19, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    I never think to make blondies, but the combination of coconut, butterscotch, and walnuts is so tempting.

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  33. Jen @ How To: Simplify on August 20, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    This is a great blondies recipe! I love blondies…yum!

    Reply

  34. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef on August 23, 2010 at 9:58 am

    These blondies look great! I have a good recipe but it makes them realllly thin so I might try this. :)

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  35. whatsfordinneracrossstatelines on October 6, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    I’ve never had a blondie before! I thought I’d try your recipe since the look so good, thanks for sharing this recipe. I kind of have a thing for sweets.
    -Gina-

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  36. Meredith on November 22, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    I made couples dozens of this Blondies bars. Handed them out at work. This blondies bar was gone in less a hour! WORTH MY TIME! I had one and wish I could saved some for myself however I’ll make some for the holidays! Looking forward to make some more! I changed nothing in that ingredients.

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    • Michelle on November 22nd, 2010 at 9:46 pm

      So glad these were a hit! Definitely make them again and hoard some for yourself :)

      Reply

  37. Gretchen on April 12, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Question – I made these blondies in a glass 9X13, checked them at 40 minutes and they were not done, went an additional 7 minutes and they appeared done. The edges looked in danger of overcooking. After cooling, I cut into them and the middle was completely gooey. How should I deal with this next time?

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    • Michelle on April 12th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

      Hi Gretchen, First I would make sure that your oven temperature isn’t off (an oven thermometer is great). Secondly, sometimes I can have inconsistent results with glass baking pans. I use a light-colored aluminum pan (Magic Line) – they are fabulous!

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      • Gretchen on April 12th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

        Thanks, Michelle. I will get a new pan and try it again. The edge pieces that were cooked enough were delicious!

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  38. Lauren on May 21, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Do you need to put the coconut in the recipe?

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    • Michelle on May 21st, 2011 at 5:38 pm

      Hi Lauren, No, you can omit the coconut if you wish.

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  39. Becky on May 23, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    These were amazing!! Didn’t have nuts or coconut so just left them out but they were still great! had to cook for an extra 7 min to get the right consistency. These were simple and delicious! Thanks!

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  40. Carole on June 14, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Finally got these ones made after being in my recipe stash for far too long! My whole family loved them. Posted my results on my blog. Thanks for sharing!

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  41. Steph on August 14, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Made these for my parents, they loved them! If you are in the mood for a yummy treat, make this recipe (: !

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  42. NRS on June 22, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Just made these. They are incredibly yum!!!

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  43. Jocelyn Sweeney on August 25, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    These blondies are just so sinfully delicious. Every time I have made them I have got a ton of compliments. Thanks for posting this delicious recipe! Tonight I made a lighter version of blondies, maybe not as delicious as the originals, but still pretty tasty! http://thesweethealthylife.com/?p=77

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  44. Todd on September 21, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Did you double the recipe. I loved the blondies but mine turned out thinner than how your appear in the picture. I was hoping they might be more the size of a brownie.

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    • Michelle on September 26th, 2012 at 10:36 am

      Hi Todd, I did not double the recipe. I would check to make sure that your baking powder and baking soda aren’t expired. Also, be sure not to overmix.

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  45. pie on October 14, 2012 at 7:48 am

    how do you get 36 bars? may i ask how many inches did you cut per bar? thank you!

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  46. fadia on July 7, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I’m always looking forward to finding new recipes to make online, so i was very happy when i found your website. The only problem i have is with all these comments. They all write about how wonderful it looks and how it sounds good but none stating that they’ve actually tried the recipe. I have tried two so far, this recipe being one of them, and they were amazingly decadent and delicious. I would really appreciate comments from people who have actually tried the recipes. Thanks :O)

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  47. jessica on July 25, 2013 at 12:41 am

    My kids love these blondies. They always beg me to make them! They are now my go to treat to bring to parties.

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  48. Pearl on September 1, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Amazing recipe Michelle!! I made it yesterday and they turned out beautiful just like your pictures my hubby couldn’t stop eating them.. Thank you for posting it

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  49. Patti on November 14, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Found this when I was searching your site for a bar cookie recipe I could whip up quickly (always find reliably awesome recipes on your site)! These turned out great! Yummy, chewy, just the texture I like! Great mix of flavors – i didn’t have butterscotch chips so used a combo of semi, bittersweet & white chocolate chips along with the coconut & nuts. Brought them to a work meeting & received many compliments! Thank you!!

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  50. Amna on May 9, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Hi, recipe looks absolutely fab! Can we minus butterscotch chips?

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  51. Lia on May 18, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Had no coconut, walnuts so butterscotch so made with pecans, chocolate chips, and slivered almonds and filberts- hope they turn out!

    Reply

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