What exactly is a blondie? To us, a blondie is sort of like a non-chocolate brownie, a blonde brownie, if you will. It’s a rich, dense dessert bar that can take many different forms, but that, today, has taken the form of a delicious cinnamon bar that will make you forget all about brownies. If you’re an ardent brownie lover and don’t think anything could ever come close to replacing your one, chocolate love, we get that.
We’re complete chocoholics over here and wouldn’t dream of turning our backs on brownies, but that doesn’t mean we can’t also indulge in a decadent cinnamon blondie now and again. What we love about these is how unapologetically cinnamon-y they are. That’s the point, obviously, but it’s nice to let this workhorse ingredient finally have its time in the sun. Cinnamon plays a crucial role in so many recipes and think about it – how often is it the main flavor of a dish? Not very often, which is a shame.
Brown sugar, butter and vanilla extract complement the cinnamon here, and everything bakes together into a blondie that blows all others out of the water. It’s perfect for fall – or really anytime the craving strikes – and it’s about to be one of your new go-tos.
Serves 12-16; 45 minutes
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 3/4 cups brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, optional
- Preheat oven to 350º F and, optional, line a square baking dish with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and brown sugar together until combined, then remove from heat.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and nutmeg, and set aside.
- Once brown sugar butter mixture has cooled slightly, mix it into flour mixture, then beat in eggs one at a time and stir in vanilla extract.
- After everything’s been incorporated, pour mixture into (lined) baking sheet.
- Place baking dish in oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out mostly clean. Remove from oven and let cool 5-10 minutes.
- For the topping: combine sugar and cinnamon and nutmeg, if using, in a small bowl.
- Brush blondies with melted butter, then top with cinnamon sugar mixture.
- Remove from baking dish, slice, serve and enjoy!