Brown butter vanilla bean blondies are rich, gooey, and completely decadent. If you’re looking for a vanilla blondie recipe that stands out from the rest, look no further! People request this recipe from me all the time!
This morning I was in the mood to make blondies. I pulled out my recipe for Chocolate Pretzel Peanut Butter Blondies and wondered how I might change it up.
I had no chocolate pretzels, peanut butter chips OR bittersweet chocolate in the house (sadness). But I wanted to work with what I had.
My pantry is overflowing; I shouldn’t be constantly running to the grocery store to jam it with additional baking ingredients.
I looked inside my overflowing pantry and immediately spied vanilla beans. Perfect.
I looked at the recipe and when I read “one stick of butter” my brain immediately went to brown butter. Done and done.
Did I want to add any other spices? Nope- keep it plain, simple and sweet. So there we have it: brown butter vanilla bean blondies.
They’re rich, gooey and decadent. I ate 2 straight out of the oven, savoring the rich, brown butter and sweet vanilla flavor and then immediately gave the rest away.
I could have eaten the entire batch without blinking an eye. That’s how good these are.
Brown Butter Vanilla Bean Blondies
- 4 ounces unsalted butter
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 vanilla bean
- 5 ounces all-purpose flour (approximately 1 cup)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8x8 pan.
- Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Once the butter is completely melted, turn the heat up to medium high and whisk constantly for several minutes until the butter has browned (watch carefully during this process to make sure it does not burn). Allow to cool for several minutes.
- Use a paring knife to split the vanilla bean and scrape out the seeds.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the browned butter, egg, vanilla extract and brown sugar until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk together the vanilla seeds, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
- Stir the dry ingredients into the wet until evenly combined. Pour into the greased pan, spreading the mixture evenly.
- Bake for 20-23 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool before serving.
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Serendipity! I had a baking day planned for tomorrow – I’ve just added these to the list and can’t wait. Brown butter is just delicious.
Laura Dembowski says
Blondies are one of my favorite treats. These sound so decadent and it’s great you kept them simple and let the flavors shine through.
Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says
vanilla bean, browned butter brownies? Sold. hook line and sinker.
Delicious. Made two nights ago and they are gone. Yum.
Jennifer Farley says
I’m so happy to hear you liked them! Thank you for letting me know, it makes my day. :)
These look fantastic! Adding to my “to try” list!
Christine P says
These sound fantastic and not too overboard as a dessert – a scoop of vanilla ice cream would pretty much make these a perfect combo for me!!
lena jones says
Omg! These sound so tasty and seem like they would be such a comforting treat!
I pinned these a few weeks ago and made them last night. OMG they were amazing! I ate 3 *bashful face*. I paired them with toffee ice cream and it was magical. (Also, just a side note, I didn’t have enough brown sugar so I used about half turbinado sugar and they were still great!)
I’ve made these 3 or 4 times so far and LOVE them, as do everyone who’s had them.
This is my official go to blondie recipe now. :-D
Hi, these look delicious! If I “needed” double the amount, should I make two batches or double the recipe? Thanks!!
Jennifer Farley says
You should make two batches.
Thanks for the lightning fast reply! I plan to make these today for my husband’s birthday.
These blondies are so rich and decadent. We just love them!!
OK, I am going to have to brown butter for every baked good now that we’ve had these. YUM!!!
I have always loved blondies and these are top notch!!!