Blonde Brownies With Chocolate Chips and Walnuts

Blonde brownies recipe

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Prep: 8 mins
Cook: 23 mins
Total: 31 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
283 Calories
17g Fat
30g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 283
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 263mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 5g
Calcium 63mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These blonde brownies—also known as blondies—are a traditional family favorite, made with brown sugar, chocolate chips, and chopped walnuts. Feel free to omit the walnuts and add some extra chocolate chips, if you like. You may use pecans in the brownies as well. White chocolate chips or butterscotch chips can be substituted for the chocolate chips.

Difference Between Blondies and Brownies

A blondie is a bar cookie that is based on brown sugar. They contain no chocolate or chocolate flavoring, other than optional chocolate chips among other optional add-ins including coconut and chopped nuts. Typically they are left unfrosted but sometimes feature a dusting of confectioners' sugar.

A brownie is a bar cookie made with cocoa powder or melted chocolate, and often includes chopped nuts and sometimes is topped with a chocolate frosting.  


  • 4 ounces butter (or margarine, softened)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 to 1 cup walnuts (chopped)
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Gather the ingredients
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  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease and flour a 7x11-inch baking pan.

  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar.

    Butter and sugar
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  4. Add the egg and beat in until well combined.

    Add egg to mixture
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  5. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

    Flour in bowl
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  6. Add to creamed mixture incorporating until well combined.

    Add wet mixture
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  7. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips.

    Stir in chocolate chips
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  8. Spread the batter in the prepared pan.

    Spread in pan
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  9. Bake 20 to 25 minutes. These brown very quickly, so be sure to start checking at the 20-minute mark. 

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  10. Serve and enjoy!