Browned Butter Blondies with Chocolate Chunks

If you’re wondering why my blog is titled “Books & Blondies,” here you go.
This is my current favorite recipe and it’s perfect for any occasion. Feel free to swap out the chocolate chunks for any other mix-in—like other types of chocolate, candy (M&Ms?), or nuts. Or all of the above!


12 tbsp salted butter
1 ½ cups packed brown sugar (I like a mix of dark and light brown sugar—do all dark brown sugar if you want an extra rich taste)
2 eggs
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1 ½ cups chocolate chips or chunks (or any mix-in of your choice, like candies or other flavored chips)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan, stirring frequently until golden brown. Small brown flecks will appear at the bottom of the pan and the butter will smell nutty. Let cool.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or large mixing bowl if using a hand mixer), combine melted butter and brown sugar. Since the butter is melted, these ingredients won’t cream together and become light and fluffy, so just mix until combined.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla, beat to combine.
  5. Reduce mixer to low; add flour, baking powder, and salt.
  6. Add in chocolate chunks or desired mix-in and stir just until combined.
  7. Spread batter into lined baking dish.
  8. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown, rotating halfway.
  9. Take out of oven and let cool before cutting.

Recipe adapted from Elisabeth & Butter.

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