Brown Butter Blondies are the key to happiness, I am sure of it! This is my favorite recipe for blondies. The brown butter adds a deep, almost nutty flavor that is complemented by the rich chocolate chips!
If I am in need of a simple and quick recipe that I know will be a crowd pleaser I am going to be baking blondies. They aren’t too sweet and they are different from your everyday blondies.
I have made these chocolate chip blondies for friends several times and they always ask for the recipe. It is one of those recipes that everyone loves and makes them want more!
What is brown butter?
Brown butter is unsalted butter that has been cooked down so the water in the butter evaporates and the milk solids in the butter turn brown. It gives the butter a nutty taste and smell. Adding brown butter to dishes in place of regular butter will amp up the flavor.
Brown butter sounds fancy, but it is very simple to make. You will learn how to make brown butter below! If I want to change up a recipe, but don’t want to worry about testing out the recipe changes, I am going to brown the butter. It will totally change the taste of your baked good without changing the way it comes out of the oven.
How to make brown butter
Browning butter is very simple, but if you have never done it before it can be a bit daunting.
- First, you will melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. If you have the heat too low it will take a while for the butter to brown. If you have the heat too high the butter might burn.
- After the butter has melted it will start to get foamy and make crackly noises, this is normal. You can stir the butter occasionally, but you don’t need to do it constantly.
- Little brown bits will start to form at the bottom of the pan and the butter will take on a more orange color. It will start smelling nutty.
- Let the butter continue to brown for about a minute, then remove from the heat and allow to cool. This whole process should take about 5 minutes.
Ingredients for chocolate chip blondies
One of my favorite parts of this brown butter blondies recipe is that it is made with ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. Nothing fancy here, but a big impact!
- Unsalted butter. I always make sure to use unsalted butter when baking because there is no “standard” for the amount of salt they can add to butter. So if you add salt to a recipe and then use salted butter you could end up with a very salty end product.
- All-purpose flour. Measuring the flour correctly is very important. I suggest weighing your flour out (I use this scale). If you want to use a measuring cup, make sure you spoon the flour into the cup and level it off with a knife. Don’t use the cup to scoop directly from the flour.
- Salt. Salt is a must in baked goods. It will help to balance out the sweet and improve the overall flavor.
- Eggs. It will be easier to incorporate the eggs into the batter if they are room temperature. Place the eggs in a bowl of warm water while you prepare the brown butter and they’ll be good to go!
- Vanilla extract. Vanilla is a must in baked goods just like salt. Real vanilla adds a better flavor than imitation vanilla.
- Brown sugar. Brown sugar adds a chewy texture to the finished product
- Granulated sugar. This is just plain sugar.
- Chocolate chips. I use semi sweet chocolate chips. They aren’t too sweet or too bitter.
How to make blondies
Step 1: Brown the butter. Allow to cool in medium bowl.
Step 2: Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper.
Step 3: Combine the flour and salt. Whisk to remove lumps.
Step 4: Combine eggs and vanilla.
Step 5: Add both sugars to the brown butter and combine. Add the egg mixture.
Step 6: Fold in the flour until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
Step 7: Press the brown butter blondies dough into the prepared pan. Bake for 25- 30 minutes. The top should start to crack.
More brown butter recipes
- Brown Butter Baked Donuts– these are a favorite at my house! So easy to make and always delicious!
- Brown Butter Macarons– One of my favorite macarons recipes! The nuttiness of the brown butter buttercream plays so well with the sweet macaron shells.
- Brown Butter Brookies– These brookies from For The Love Of Cooking are on my baking list! The mix of cookie and brownie looks incredible!
- Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies– We thought chocolate chip cookies couldn’t get better and Ambitious Kitchen has proved us wrong!
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Brown Butter Blondies
- 2 sticks (226 grams) unsalted butter
- 2 cups (240 grams) all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup (213 grams) brown sugar
- 3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Melt the butter in a medium-sized saucepan (I used this one). The butter will start to foam and you will see orangy brown bits form at the bottom of the pan. This will take about 5 minutes.
- Pour the brown butter into a medium bowl and allow it to cool for about 10 minutes. If you don’t allow the butter to cool it will melt the chocolate chips.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees (F). Spray an 8×8 pan (I used this one) with non-stick spray and line with parchment paper or foil. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl combine the flour and salt. Whisk to remove any lumps.
- In a small bowl combine the eggs and vanilla. Whisk to combine.
- Add both of the sugars to the brown butter and mix until fully combined. Add the egg mixture and stir to combine.
- Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture until most of the flour is combined. Fold in the chocolate chips
- Spread the dough into the prepared pan and press into an even layer. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. The top should be crispy and starting to form little cracks, the center should no longer be jiggly.
- Remove from the oven and allow the blondies to cool completely before removing from pan.