I’m going to be honest… I didn’t really know what makes a blondie different from a brownie other than the fact that one contains cocoa powder and the other does not. So, I looked it up on Wikipedia (seriously… is this not the very definition of a baking nerd?).
A blondie (also known as a “blond[e] brownie” or “blondie bar”) is a rich, sweet dessert bar. They are made from flour, brown sugar, butter, eggs, baking powder, and vanilla. The dominant flavor of a blondie is brown, not chocolate. They may also contain walnuts or pecans. Even though butterscotch is sometimes considered the main flavor, they are based on brown sugar and often do not call for butterscotch.
So there you have it.
These bars got rave reviews from my friends and co-workers so I will definitely be making them again. The coconut and M&Ms really compliment each other nicely. Just don’t look at the amount of sugar and butter packed into these bad boys. Wait, what am I saying? This is a baking blog… we don’t talk about calories here. Go ahead and INDULGE!
- 1 1/4 cups unsalted butter
- 2 cups packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups unsweetened flaked coconut
1 (12 oz.) bag M&Ms (with a few reserved for the top)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Line a 9×13 pan with foil and spray lightly with nonstick spray.
- Heat butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until it browns and begins to smell nutty (watch it closely so it doesn’t burn).
- Allow the butter to cool slightly.
- In a large bowl, combine butter and sugars.
- Stir in the eggs, vanilla and salt.
- Add the flour and stir until just combined.
- Gently stir in the coconut and M&Ms.
- Pour batter into the prepared pan and press down with a rubber spatula.
- Sprinkle a few M&Ms on top.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until set.
- Cool completely before cutting into bars.
Source: Recipe adapted slightly from Samoa M&M Blondies by Eat at Allie’s