Brown Butter Sea Salt Blondies

Since discovering the blondies from Simply Recipes, by Vanilla Garlic’s Garrett McCord, I have made them several times and made various tweaks. This version is my favorite.

This recipe makes a moist and chewy blondie. The brown butter takes them from fabulous to sublime, and the salt rounds out the flavors. They are wonderful! It’s easy to keep the ingredients on hand, and the recipe is pretty fast and simple, so they are nice to make if a surprise guest comes over, if you’re going to a friend’s house and want to bring something, or just to have a little something sweet.

You want to use dark brown sugar with this recipe. It’s deep, rich, molasses flavor really stands up to the brown butter.

Brown Butter Sea Salt Blondies

1 stick of butter, melted, browned, and slightly cooled
1 cup of dark brown sugar, tightly packed
1 egg
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon of baking soda
1/8 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of all-purpose flour
Sprinkling of coarse sea salt (Kosher salt also has a pretty sparkle, if you have some.)

Preheat the oven to 350°F. You can grease an 8×8 pan, but I never do and they turn out fine.

Whisk together the egg, vanilla, and sugar in a bowl. Whisk in the melted butter.

Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl, then add to your liquid mixture. Mix until it is just combined. You will have smooth and glossy batter.

Spread evenly into your pan. Sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick cones out clean. Sprinkle with more sea salt immediately after removing the pan from the oven. Your first sprinkling will have dissolved into the batter, but this one will stay and look pretty.

Allow to cool, then cut into squares and try not to eat all of them. I usually do 12 or 16 squares. These are pretty rich!