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These sweet and tender Blondies with a subtle butterscotch flavor will become a new favorite
     Chocolate brownies are one of my most favorite things. Not only to make, but to eat. I am sure that there are a lot of people who could say the same thing.
     Because of these reasons, I experiment with a LOT of brownie recipes. There is so much flexibility with brownie recipes too, which make them a fun baking option. You can use cocoa powder or melted chocolate (or both), with or without chocolate chips, frosted or unfrosted, etc.. 
     Never, when thinking of a brownie, do I think of one without any kind of chocolate. It seems almost like a waste of time.
     But apparently, a lot of people DO like brownie recipes that contain no chocolate. These are called Blondies (or Blonde Brownies). They are bar cookie with a brownie texture, but without any cocoa or chocolate. It’s a base usually made with a majority brown sugar and other basic ingredients. A lot of times, they include add-ins like butterscotch chips or nuts. 
     I have long been familiar with Blondies, but I have never really been impressed when I have tried them in the past. But it had been long enough since I’d sampled any that I thought I might as well give it a try in the kitchen.  
     I knew these are still supposed to get that dense brownie texture without actually being a brownie. I decided to use all brown sugar, without any white sugar, just to get a richer flavor. I also added a couple tablespoons of sour cream, because I wanted to make sure they were moist enough. That’s also why I added an extra yolk in addition to the whole egg. 
     I didn’t want to include any add-ins, as to not mute the flavor of the actual Blondie itself.
     I was very happy with the final results: these were the perfect ‘brownie’ texture: dense and moist enough with a rich and sweet butterscotch flavor. These are actually just as delicious as brownies! Even if you think that it’s blasphemy that there is no chocolate to be found, I think you should try it. These are one of the yummiest treats I have tasted. 


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Ingredients Section:

  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 TBS sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla 


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray a 9×9 inch square pan with nonstick spray
  3. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside
  4. In a large bowl, mix together melted butter and brown sugar until combined.
  5. Add the sour cream, egg, egg yolk and vanilla, mixing thoroughly, then stir in flour mixture.
  6. Spread batter into the pan.
  7. Bake for about 20-23 minutes

Notes about this recipe:

  • Use full-fat sour cream for this recipe

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