Browned Butter Blondies

Browned Butter Blondies

Browning the butter gives these blondies a rich, nutty flavor.

20 min. prep time
36 bars
545 Ratings


1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted
1 cup white baking chips


Melt butter in heavy 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Continue cooking, watching closely, 5 minutes or until butter foams and turns deep golden brown. Immediately remove from heat; pour into bowl. Refrigerate 15 minutes.

Heat oven to 375ºF. Line 13x9-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, extending foil over edges. Spray bottom of foil-lined pan with no-stick cooking spray; set aside.

Add brown sugar, egg and vanilla to cooled browned butter; mix well. Add flour, baking powder and salt; stir just until combined. Stir in pecans and white baking chips. Spread into prepared pan.

Bake 19-23 minutes or until golden brown around edges and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.

Lift blondies from pan, using foil ends. Cut into squares.

Recipe Tip

- To toast pecans, heat oven to 350°F. Spread nuts evenly onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake, stirring occasionally, 5-10 minutes or until lightly browned.

- This recipe can be baked in 8-inch square baking pan. Cut ingredient amounts in half. Bake 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Nutrition Facts (1 bar)

Calories: 140

Fat: 8g

Cholesterol: 20mg

Sodium: 90mg

Carbohydrates: 16g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 1g

Recipe #15942©2013Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

Blondie recipe proportions are just right-definitely does not have too much flour. For a cheesecake swirl leave out the hydrogenated oil baking chips :( and cream together 8 ounces cream cheese with 1/2 c sugar, 1 egg, 1 t. vanilla. Dollop onto the blonde brownie base. Swirl w/ knife and bake until dark golden color for firm blonde brownie or pale golden for soft interiors. I prefer 350 degree oven for 20-25 min. Cool to room temp before cutting OR tasting!
These taste good, however they were VERY difficult to remove from the pan. (I sprayed tin foil and baked it, just like the recipe said) and the bars pretty much totally fell apart. For eating on my own, the are alright, but I wouldn't bring these bars to a potluck or party.
Test Kitchen Comment


Hi Meghan, sorry to hear you had some issues with this recipe. Many variables can affect how easy it is to remove the bars from the pan. Lining with aluminum foil does help because it makes it easier to lift out of the pan and cut into pieces. If your brownies were crumbly, there's a chance that there could have been a bit too much flour added to the recipe. We'll take a second look at the recipe and see if any changes need to be made. Thanks for writing, and happy baking!
Posted May 19, 2015
My husband and I love this recipe! Super easy, but decadant! I double the white chocolate, and the browned butter flavour really comes through.
So easy and so delicious! And it would be so easy to substitute different nuts and chocolate chips. Need to bake something yummy without a fuss? Here's your recipe!
This recipe is delicious!! It's like the best of both a brownie & cookie in one! I used walnuts & chocolate chips instead.

Comment On This Recipe

Please correct the item(s) in red below:
5 Please select a rating

Email address will not be published

Please note, all submissions are screened for content deemed appropriate by Land O'Lakes. Comments are published within 3 business days.
Thank you, your comment has been submitted for approval


Your friend thought you might be interested in Browned Butter Blondies

Latest Blog

What in the World Can You Dip in Chocolate?
January 6, 2016 by Land O'Lakes Test Kitchen

Chocolate’s complex flavor brings out the sweetness and tanginess of fruit, mellows the heat of peppers, and comes alive when introduced to a little bit of salt. The real question should be, “What can’t you dip in chocolate?” More ...

The Simple Rewards® Club is your personal online resource for exclusive offers and information. It’s also our way of saying “thank you” for trusting Land O’Lakes and inviting us into your home. Membership is free, so sign up today.

FREE Sign Up Includes:
  • Our Measuring Cup® Newsletter Preview »
  • Money-Saving and Exclusive Offers
  • Online Recipe Box

Already a Member? Sign In.


YES. Send me the Measuring Cup® Newsletter.
Cancel and Go Back

Forgot Your Password?

Please correct the items(s) in red below

    We'll email instructions to the address you used to register.

    Reset My Password Cancel and Go Back

    Confirmation Email Sent

    We've sent a confirmation email to the address associated with your account. Check your email and follow the link within 3 hours in order to complete the password reset process.


    Welcome Back!

    If you are already a member, please sign in.

    Not a Simple Rewards Member? Join Now. Forgot Your Password?

    Check Your Email

    Look for an email soon with instructions to reset your password.

    If you did not receive the email, please check your email junk folder (just in case) or contact us.

    Hi, I'm Becky. I'm eager to share my best ideas and favorite recipes from my 20+ years in the Land O'Lakes Test Kitchen. I'm also excited to help with any questions you have about cooking and baking with Land O Lakes® products. Some of the questions and answers will be published in our newsletter, The Measuring Cup®. Please use the short form below to ask your questions, or share your tip or memory.

    Please correct the item(s) in red below

    *These fields are required


    Your question has been submitted.

    Close Window