Brown Butter Candied Pecan Blondies

 These decadent Brown Butter Candied Pecan Blondies are super easy to put together (one pot, one spoon, no mixer!) and my family thinks these are one of the best things they’ve EVER eaten!!

“Oh my gosh!” That’s what my son Nick said when he took the first bite of these Brown Butter Candied Pecan Blondies. Lindsay, Nick’s wife took the next bite. “Wow! These are even better than your old-standby blondie recipe!”

Scott’s response made me smile. He said…

Brown Butter Candied Pecan Blondies - although these are super easy to put together (one pot, one spoon, no mixer!) my family thinks these are one of the best things they've EVER eaten!! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

 

“I think these might just be one of the very best things I’ve ever tasted.”

“Really?” I reached for one of the highly extolled bars and took a bite to check them out myself. Whoa…. pretty amazing, the magical transformation that had occurred from a combination of simple ingredients: butter, brown sugar, eggs and flour. And the candied pecans/chocolate chip topping? I decided that’s what took the moist, chewy blondies right over the top.

In addition to being crazy good, these little golden bars are super simple to throw together. Even with the fancy topping, there’s only one pot, a wooden (or sturdy) spoon and some measuring spoons/cups necessary, as far as equipment goes. Yup, the process starts on the stovetop with just a bit of butter and a drizzle of maple syrup (or honey). Throw in the pecans and stir for just a few minutes until they take on a golden hue. Set the pecans aside and start the blondies by melting butter (in the same pot), then cooking a few minutes longer, till the butter is bubbly and beginning to brown.

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Brown Butter Candied Pecan Blondies - although these are super easy to put together (one pot, one spoon, no mixer!) my family thinks these are one of the best things they've EVER eaten!! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

After that, it’s really easy peasy! Add the remaining blondie ingredients to the same pot and simply stir until combined. That’s it! Pour the golden batter into a pan, sprinkle with the candied pecans and a scatter of mini chocolate chips and into the oven they go. Thirty minutes later, amazing aromas will be wafting through the house, and  you’ll be pulling beautiful deliciousness out of your humble little oven.

Brown Butter Candied Pecan Blondies - although these are super easy to put together (one pot, one spoon, no mixer!) my family thinks these are one of the best things they've EVER eaten!! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

Honestly the only difficult thing about the whole process is waiting for them to cool before tearing into them. The reason I say that is because we didn’t couldn’t wait the first time I made them – they really are impossibly irresistible!

Brown Butter Candied Pecan Blondies - although these are super easy to put together (one pot, one spoon, no mixer!) my family thinks these are one of the best things they've EVER eaten!! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

I like to make these Brown Butter Candied Pecan Blondies in a 9 x 13-inch pan, as they freeze beautifully. It’s so nice to pull them out when unexpected guests arrive, or when I need a sweet treat for a friend or neighbor. I’ve also added instructions for a 8″ x 8″ or 9″ x 9″ pan in case you don’t need a large batch, (or don’t trust yourself with these in the house!).

Brown Butter Candied Pecan Blondies - although these are super easy to put together (one pot, one spoon, no mixer!) my family thinks these are one of the best things they've EVER eaten!! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

Stir up a batch of these fabulous Brown Butter Candied Pecan Blondies and listen to the comments when you serve them.

Brown Butter Candied Pecan Blondies - although these are super easy to put together (one pot, one spoon, no mixer!) my family thinks these are one of the best things they've EVER eaten!! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

You’ll be sure to be hear lots of responses like “Oh my gosh!”, “Wow!”, or maybe even my favorite response when something’s REALLY good; “Holy schmoly!”

Bon Appetit!

P.S. The two recipes are listed below. The first is for the larger batch in a 9×13-inch pan, the second is a smaller batch made in an 8×8-inch pan. I wanted to give you an option..

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What I used to make and serve these Brown Butter Candied Pecan Blondies

 

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Brown Butter Candied Pecan Blondies for a 9 x 13-inch pan

Brown Butter Candied Pecan Blondies - although these are super easy to put together (one pot, one spoon, no mixer!) my family thinks these are one of the best things they've EVER eaten!!

4.9 from 8 reviews

Although these blondies are super easy to put together (one pot, one spoon, no mixer!) my family thinks these are one of the best things they’ve EVER eaten!!

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  • Yield: 24 2-inch bars
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans (I actually just break the pecans up with my hands as I like the pieces fairly large)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ cups (3 sticks or 12 ounces or 340g) butter
  • 3 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup mini chocolate chips (regular size chocolate chips would work fine. I just really like the look of the mini chips)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 9×13-inch baking pan. Line the pan with parchment paper or foil with ends extending over long edge of pan (for easy removal). Set aside.
  2. In a medium pot over medium heat melt the one teaspoon of butter. Add the maple syrup (or honey) and pecans, and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly until pecans take on a medium golden brown color. Sprinkle with the salt and transfer to a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. In the same pot, over medium heat, melt the butter. Continue cooking for about 3-4 minutes till butter is foaming and turns a medium golden brown. Watch carefully as butter can quickly go from golden to burned.
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes, then add brown sugar and stir well.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time and stir till each is incorporated. Add vanilla and stir well.
  6. Add flour, salt and baking powder and stir until all flour has disappeared.
  7. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly . Sprinkle top with prepared pecans and chocolate chips.
  8. Bake 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with clean or with just a few moist crumbs. Cool completely before cutting.
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Brown Butter Candied Pecan Blondies for an 8 x 8-inch pan

Brown Butter Candied Pecan Blondies - although these are super easy to put together (one pot, one spoon, no mixer!) my family thinks these are one of the best things they've EVER eaten!!

4.9 from 8 reviews

Although these blondies are super easy to put together (one pot, one spoon, no mixer!) my family thinks these are one of the best things they’ve EVER eaten!!

  • Author:
  • Yield: 16 2-inch bars
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

  • For the topping:
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup (or honey)
  • ¾ cup coarsely chopped pecans (I actually just break the pecans up with my hands as I like the pieces fairly large)
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • For the brownies:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks or 8-ounces or 226g) butter
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips (regular size chocolate chips would work fine. I just really like the look of the mini chips)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8×8 or 9×9-inch baking pan. Line the pan with parchment paper or foil with ends extending over one edge of pan (for easy removal). Set aside.
  2. In the same pot, over medium heat melt the one teaspoon of butter. Add the maple syrup (or honey) and pecans, and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly until pecans take on a medium golden brown color. Sprinkle with the salt and transfer to a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. In the same pot, over medium heat, melt the remaining butter. Continue cooking for about 3-4 minutes till butter is foaming and turns a medium golden brown. Watch carefully as butter can quickly go from golden to burned.
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes, then add brown sugar and stir well.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time and stir till each is incorporated. Add vanilla and stir well.
  6. Add flour, salt and baking powder and stir until all flour has disappeared.
  7. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly . Sprinkle top with prepared pecans and chocolate chips.
  8. Bake 25-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with clean or with just a few moist crumbs. Cool completely before cutting.

 



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