Photo: Whitney Ott; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Hands-on Time
11 Mins
Total Time
35 Mins
Serves 16 (serving size: 1 blondie)

Blondies are simply brownies without the chocolate. A light-colored metal pan is your best bet for even baking and cakey, moist blondies.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

Place butter, oil, and sugar in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Pour mixture into a large bowl; cool 8 minutes. Stir in vanilla and eggs.

Step 3

Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl; stir with a whisk. Add flour mixture and chopped pecans to butter mixture; stir until completely combined.

Step 4

Scrape mixture into an 8-inch square light-colored metal baking pan coated with baking spray. Smooth top. Arrange pecan halves in 4 x 4 rows. Bake at 350° for 24 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into 16 squares.

Step 5

Whole-Grain Butterscotch Blondies: Omit 1/3 cup chopped pecans and pecan halves. Follow instructions through step 3; stir 1/4 cup butterscotch morsels into flour and butter mixture. Proceed with step CALORIES 189; FAT 6g (sat 1g); SODIUM 78mg

Step 6

Whole-Grain Toffee Blondies: Omit 1/3 cup chopped pecans and pecan halves. Follow instructions through step 3; stir 3 tablespoons almond toffee bits (such as Heath) into flour and butter mixture. Proceed with step 4, sprinkling 2 tablespoons toffee bits evenly over batter before baking. CALORIES 197; FAT 2g (sat 4g); SODIUM 98mg

Ratings & Reviews

amateurcook's Review

March 06, 2015
Awesome! I agree that they weren't too sweet and nice and chewy. I also used a glass dish and didn't have a problem and I added 5 min as well. I liked them as I like chocolate but not crazy for it and this was a nice change. I will definitely make this again.

RobinE's Review

February 16, 2015
Fantastic! Not too sweet, nice and chewy. I baked them in a glass dish, no problem. I just needed to add about 5 minutes to the baking time. I omitted the pecans on top and cut them into smaller pieces, great with a cup of tea.

Not even too healthy tasting

April 14, 2015
These were very good. You can definately taste the grain but it,is nicely balanced and tastes good. The butterscotch ones are even better.

LanieNC's Review

February 22, 2015
Absolutely yummy. I don't usually like to change recipes the first time I make something, but I couldn't resist adding about 1/2 cup milk chocolate morsels. They are fabulous and I will definitely make these again.