Brown Butter Blondies

Brown Butter Butterscotch Blondies, say that five times fast! When it comes to baking ingredients, sometimes I feel like a squirrel.

Ya know scurrying around from market to market gathering ingredients to bury in my pantry in preparation for holiday baking. Problem is my pantry is bursting at the seams…I mean seriously, who needs five bags of butterscotch chips?

After Saturday’s butterscotch chip discovery, I strategically placed a bag on the counter so I would remember to use them at some point in something. Sunday evening rolled around and the sound of Faith Hill’s Monday Night Football tune was echoing in my living room, so I headed into the kitchen to escape the sound of colliding helmets and found the butterscotch chips staring me down.

I opted for a simple recipe for Brown Butter Butterscotch Blondies…again try saying that five times fast. If you have never baked with brown butter before, I urge you do so, it lends such a delightful, nutty dimension to sweets. The intoxicating scent of the butter browning is enough to make you immediately smitten with this ingredient. Imagine how adorable these would be if you took a set of autumn cookie cutters to them for some festive holiday flair. What are you waiting for? Get in the kitchen and bake up a batch of these Brown Butter Blondies; they’ll be the perfect end to your day.

Brown Butter Blondies

with butterscotch chips

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups {2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus more for pan
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 cups packed light-brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
2 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup butterscotch chips

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Line bottom of pan with parchment paper; butter and flour parchment paper or spray with non-stick cooking spray.

2. In a saucepan over medium heat, cook the butter until it turns golden brown; remove from heat, and let cool. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.

3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine browned butter and both sugars; stir with a wooden spoon until combined.

4. Attach bowl to mixer; add eggs. Using the paddle attachment, beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add vanilla, and beat to combine. Add flour mixture until thoroughly combined. Fold in butterscotch chips and pour into prepared pan.

5. Bake in preheated oven until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes (do not overbake).

6. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before turning out of pan onto a cutting board. Peel off parchment paper; cut blondies into 3-inch squares.

Notes:

Tempting Twists: Toss in some pecan or toffee chips for a delicious variation on this Brown Butter Blondies recipe.
Storage: Blondies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart


42 Responses to “Brown Butter Blondies”

  1. Alicia — November 3, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Well, I failed at trying to say that five times fast (I was never good at tongue twisters), but yum! I do love brown butter… bookmarking!

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  2. Michele @ Healthy Cultivations — November 3, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    These look exceptional. I love anything butterscotch.

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  3. Stephanie — November 3, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    I’ve seriously been craving some blondies for the past couple days! Thank you, thank you! LOL They look simple enough for even me to make!

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  4. Maria — November 3, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Blondies are one of my favorite treats. Love this recipe!

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  5. These look delish! I’ve never made brown butter before, I will have to try this!

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  6. Joanne — November 3, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    You see, if I put butterscotch chips on my counter…it just means that I would eat a whole lot of butterscotch chips out of hte bag before I did anything with them. These seem like a much better plan.

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  7. Liz @ Blog is the New Black — November 3, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Gorgeous pic- these look outrageous!

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  8. Amy from She Wears Many Hats — November 3, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Golly gee whiz these look yummy!

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  9. Wenderly — November 3, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Yumm-o! I’ve always been partial to blonds myself… :)

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  10. Eliana — November 3, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    You always feature the most amazing treats and this one is no different. These blondies look amazing Jaime.

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  11. Jan — November 3, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Brown butter in blondies! Love it!

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  12. My Kitchen in the Rockies — November 3, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Anything with browned butter is irresistible!! I will have to take this recipe to try. Thanks, Jamie.

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  13. the blissful baker — November 3, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    oh my goodness, these look absolutely amazing! i love a good blondie, and the browned butter used in this recipe sounds heavenly!

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  14. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit — November 4, 2010 at 1:00 am

    I’ve been tempted with your lovely Blondies. I don’t have five bags of butterscotch, but I’m sure I have at least two. For now, anyway. :)

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  15. Tickled Red — November 4, 2010 at 6:47 am

    I would like a dozen for breakfast please :)

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  16. Katrina — November 4, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Even just looking at these makes me happy!! Yum!

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  17. Robyn — November 4, 2010 at 9:08 am

    You had me at brown butter! Oh my word, these look delicious!

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  18. Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — November 4, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Mmmm….brown butter & butterscotch!! These sound incredible.

    Oh, and, 5 bags of butterscotch chips may seem like a lot now, but so many great things to use them for! You’ll go through them before you know it.

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  19. Maranda — November 4, 2010 at 10:34 am

    I fell in love with brown butter recently. It is so good. And…I happen to have a few bags of butterscotch chips in my overflowing pantry as well. I think I have found my solution! Thanks for sharing!

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  20. Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies — November 4, 2010 at 10:50 am

    That’s a LOT of butter, cowgirl! But for you, my hips will make the sacrifice. Yum.

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  21. naomi — November 4, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Um, brown butter makes everything better! These look so good.

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  22. ingrid — November 4, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Oh, I will be baking up these blond beauties in no time! :) Hopefully tonight!
    ~ingrid

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  23. leslie — November 4, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    I think all of us foodies has a hoarding problem when it comes to fun kitchen stuff!!!! lol
    Love the blondies!

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  24. bridget {bake at 350} — November 4, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Oh my goodness….these look delectable! I LOVE butterscotch!

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  25. Jenny — November 4, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Those look great!

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  26. Steph@stephsbitebybite — November 4, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    I always forget what ingredients I have stored away in my pantry. Good thing you put those butterscotch chips on the counter! These looks delish

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  27. Evan @swEEts — November 4, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    I think that if you’re a good baker then you’re a hoarder for all things baked goods as well :) I always have way too many bags of chips or flour or sugar.. you name it! These little guys look great!

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  28. Jessica — November 4, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    I just made these! Amazing. The texture is perfect. My thighs and I thank you!

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  29. Sharlene — November 4, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Love these. They look delicious and brown butter is one of my new favorite ingredients to use!

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  30. Marsha Baker — November 5, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Another recipe that grabs my attention! You’re so good at that! I’m like you…I stock up on my pantry supplies when they’re on sale, then am amazed at how much I have! I make a browned butter frosting for pumpkin cookies, and I can’t wait to try this delicious combo too.

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  31. shelly (cookies and cups) — November 5, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Well, these sound just about as good as it gets!!

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  32. Kristen — November 5, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Always so delicious, Jamie!

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  33. Nutmeg Nanny — November 8, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Brown butter is my all time favorite! So nutty and delicious!

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  34. Katya — November 10, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Just made these this week and they were great! It was my first time cooking with browned butter and they were so delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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  35. gracesmom — November 18, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    These were sensational and did not last very long in my house! I sprinkled toffee bits on top before baking and they were amazing! Thank you!

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  36. CaSaundra — November 19, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Can you believe I’ve never made a blondie?! These are on my list now!

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  37. James — March 21, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I’ve just got into baking cakes etc (not bad at bread though), I made cookies last week and following my easy recipe, they were a doddle. Going to try these next.

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  38. Sahar — April 6, 2011 at 8:33 am

    These look awesome! I never tried browned butter in anything before. A question, would semi sweet chocolate chips work in this?

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  39. Madison — May 15, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    I just made these and they’re absolutely delicious! Mine turned out a lot like a cake-y brownie. Just try not to eat all of the batter or you’ll be buzzing on a serious sugar high. Do you have any recommendations to keep the butterscotch chips from sinking to the bottom of the crust? I’ll definitely be making these again.

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  40. Lish Grigsby — October 9, 2012 at 7:45 am

    I made these last weekend and they were a big hit!! One of my son’s friends wanted something with butterscotch and I stumbled upon this recipe in my search. So good and yummy-great dunked in hot tea or coffee. This was my first “brown butter” recipe and I’m guessing that’s what made them so delicious. Thanks for sharing!!

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    • Jamie — October 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      Lish-
      I am so happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe – thanks so much for leaving your feedback! Have a great day!
      -Jamie

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