For these soft and chewy Easy One Bowl Blondies, I decided to challenge myself to see if I could gather my ingredients, mix up the batter, spread it into the pan, and have them all ready to go before my oven finished preheating. Maybe I pride myself on being an efficient baker, and wanted to prove it to myself?
While it may seem a little dangerous to the waistline to be able to whip up a pan of sweet, glossy topped Easy One Bowl Blondies in just a matter of minutes, I assure you, this is a skill you want under your belt. For emergencies. You know.
A word on kitchen organization…
I like organizing my kitchen and baking supplies set up in such a way that prevents unnecessary steps. Baking pans and sheets by the oven, KitchenAid mixer already on the counter, large jars of sugar and flour standing guard nearby.
Measuring spoons and cups in the drawer just below, and miscellaneous baking ingredients such as baking powder, salt, and vanilla in the slide out cabinet right above. No walking back and forth to the pantry.
Before I dirty a bowl or spoon, I imagine myself washing it later and try to think of a way to avoid it. I always try to measure out dry ingredients with my measuring cups and spoons before wet ingredients because then we can reuse them! See the games I’m playing here?
So, was I able to meet my personal challenge? I’m happy to humbly report that these Easy One Bowl Blondies were ready to pop into the oven in 8 minutes flat. No one offered me a medal or anything, but rest assured, I received my reward. Yum.
These are way easier than traditional chocolate chip cookies (although those are also necessary at times) because you don’t have to scoop little dough balls and pull baking sheets in and out of the oven.
So, what is a blondie?
A proper blondie should be a sweet, dense, chewy bar like a brownie but without the cocoa. They should have a flavor reminiscent of butterscotch. In these, this flavor comes from the caramelization of brown sugar and butter. I’m not a fan of butterscotch flavored baking chips. In my experience, they don’t melt well, have a chalky texture, and are overly sweet.
And can we have a moment for the thin, crackly, glossy top layer? It really is what makes these blondies more than just chocolate chip cookies baked in a pan. This is why we take a minute to whisk the eggs before adding the other ingredients. It creates an almost meringue like layer on top, just like we all love about our favorite brownie recipe.
The center is soft and chewy, anything but dry, studded with chocolate chips and tiny bits of sliced almonds. If you like, that is. Feel free to leave those out or substitute your favorite nut.
I had multiple family members asking me, “Where did those blondies go?” when the pan had been depleted, washed and put away. I know a recipe is a winner when people ask for more when it’s long gone!
See how fast you can whip up these Easy One Bowl Blondies this weekend, and then see how fast they disappear.
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- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup salted butter, melted
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup crushed sliced almonds (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9 by 9 inch baking pan by spraying with nonstick spray and lining with parchment paper (optional).
- In a large bowl, whisk eggs with an electric hand mixer for 1 minute on medium speed.
- Add brown sugar, butter, and vanilla extract and mix well.
- To the bowl add flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix on low speed until flour is just incorporated. Then add chocolate chips and almonds and finish mixing gently by hand. Do not over mix.
- Spread the batter into the prepared pan, and bake for 22-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean, with just a few crumbs attached. Allow the blondies to cool in the pan completely, and then cut into bars. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.
This recipe is adapted from Taste of Home’s Chocolate Chip Blondies.
- Serving Size: 1 Bar
- Calories: 241
- Sugar: 23g
- Sodium: 142mg
- Fat: 11g
- Saturated Fat: 5.9g
- Unsaturated Fat: 4.8g
- Trans Fat: 0.2g
- Carbohydrates: 34g
- Fiber: 1.4g
- Protein: 3.3g
- Cholesterol: 39mg