Blondies: Brownies for People Who Don’t Love Chocolate

Blondies: brownies for people who don't love chocolateI have a non-chocolate lover in my house. He is finicky though. Sometimes he likes chocolate ice cream and he definitely likes Oreos. But he has declared that he really doesn’t like chocolate chip cookies. What? No chocolate chips? But he will do “some” M&Ms in there. See? Finicky. He knows what he likes.

What he likes, and now all my kiddos like, are Blondies. They are a chewy cookie-like brownie that is just like a chocolate chip cookie, but in brownie form. And just as easy to make, which is good for me!  I find that if I stick to my good old, Betty Crocker Cookbook (affiliate link), I can make a basic, if tried and true, recipe for Blondies that my kids love. Win. I adapt the recipe to omit nuts and I usually don’t mix the chocolate pieces in…hence the no-chocolate situation. But sometimes, I will do 1/2 a batch without, and the other side of the pan with M&Ms or chocolate chips. That way everyone is happy, and that is very important in the peace-keeping in my house!

Here’s what I do:


Blondies: Brownies for People Who Don’t Like Chocolate

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 24-36 bars depending how you cut them

Blondies: Brownies for People Who Don’t Like Chocolate

Sticking to a classic recipe, this is only slightly adapted from my favorite Betty Crocker recipe that makes everyone in my house happy!


  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 baking soda
  • *optional: up to 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips/M&Ms & nuts combined.


  1. Preheat oven to 350*. Spray a 13X9 pan. Set aside.
  2. In a small pan, melt the butter with the brown sugar over low heat, until butter melts and all the sugar is dissolved. Let cool 5 minutes.
  3. Add the eggs. Stir.
  4. Add the vanilla. Stir.
  5. In a separate bowl, Whisk the flour, baking powder and baking soda together. Add this to the egg mixture.
  6. Spread the batter in your pan. Add your nuts/chocolate if you are using, by sprinkling them on top.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until done. Remove & cool 5 minutes, then cut into bars while still warm. Serve.
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