• Active Time 25m
  • Total Time 1h
  • Rating ****

Yields sixteen 2-inch squares

Dark brown sugar will give you an especially flavorful blondie.


  • 4 ounces (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter; more for the pan
  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 ounces (1 cup plus 2 tablespoons) all-purpose flour
  • Scant 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ounces (3/4 cup) coarsely chopped toasted pecans


Position an oven rack in the middle of the oven. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat the butter and brown sugar, stirring frequently, until the sugar has dissolved. Cook, stirring, about 1 minute longer, the mixture will bubble but should not boil. Set the pan aside to cool for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, butter an 8-inch square pan, line the pan bottom with parchment (or waxed paper), and then butter the parchment.

Stir the egg, egg yolk and vanilla into the cooled sugar mixture. Add the flour, salt and nuts, stirring just until blended. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake until the center is springy when touched (the top may still look doughy) and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (it's fine if there are a few moist crumbs clinging to it), 25 to 35 minutes. Set the pan on a rack until it’s cool enough to handle.

Run a paring knife around the inside edge of the pan and then invert the pan onto a flat surface and peel off the parchment. Flip the baked brownie back onto the rack to cool completely. Cut into squares with a sharp knife.

NOTE: All recipes can be doubled easily; use a 13x9-inch pan and increase the baking time slightly. This recipe gives a range of baking times - use the shorter time for metal pans, the longer for Pyrex pans.

Recipe reprinted by permission of <I>Fine Cooking<. All rights reserved.

RecID 5632

nutrition information per serving

194 calories; 9g total fat; 42mg cholesterol; 50mg sodium; 28g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 2g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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