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This Classic Blondies recipe is one everyone should have in their collection! Sweet, chewy and melt in your mouth good. Nothing beats a fantastic blondie!
When I was growing up, my mom made blondies for everything. Church party? Make blondies. School fair? Make blondies. No reason at all? Make blondies. In fact, my mother NEVER made chocolate brownies. But don’t feel too bad for me, because her classic blondies were amazing.
Often, she would add walnuts, or even chocolate chips if she was feeling crazy. The recipe I’m sharing today is just pure blondie with no add-ins, but I won’t complain if you happen to drop a few handfuls of chocolate chips or nuts in the batter 🙂 But there is almost something magical about the smooth, pillowy texture of a blondie all by itself. (And maybe a glass of milk to wash it down.
The reason these blondies are so tender is that they only use brown sugar, which has a higher moisture content than granulated white sugar. The batter is pale brown and really thick.
You can use practically any kind of oil or fat in these brownies, but different varieties do affect the appearance of the brownies. I find that butter and coconut oil cause the brownies to be a little more “wrinkly” around the edges, while vegetable oil gives it that perfect crackly crust.
My mom’s original recipe says to bake these in a 9×11 pan. Since that is not a standard-sized pan, I have baked these blondies in both a 9×13 and 8×8 pan. If you use a 9×13 pan, you can expect rather thin blondies. I personally prefer to use an 8×8 pan so I can get nice, thick blondies. (If you use a 9×13 pan, you’ll need to reduce the baking time to about 22 minutes).
As you can see in the picture above, the blondies sink down in the middle during baking. Every pan of blondies I have ever made in my whole life has done this. I think it is just the nature of blondies. So don’t despair. All it means is that there are perfect blondies for everyone! People who like super soft blondies from the middle of the pan, and people who like the edge pieces with a little crunch. (Those are my favorite!)
These are SUPER fast to whip up, and I guarantee you already have all the ingredients right now. So the next time you need a treat in a hurry (without a trip to the store), these blondies are just the ticket!
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- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/3 cup light brown sugar packed
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and grease an 8x8 pan.
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, stir together the oil and sugar until no sugar lumps remain.
- Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well.
- Add the flour, baking powder, and salt, and mix until blended.
- Pour into your 8x8 pan and bake for 30 minutes. Allow to cool completely before cutting and removing from the pan.