Bake Off: Blondies vs Brownies

It’s the ultimate showdown! There have been rumors flying that the blondie is making a comeback from sources like Bon Appetit, begging the question, is blonde the new brown? This rise of the blondie is creating stiff competition for the classic brownie and we here at Plated set out to settle the competition and see which sweet dessert reigns supreme.

Anatomy of a Blondie: A blondie is similar to a brownie in most aspects except for the fact that it’s based on brown sugar instead of cocoa. This results in a taste that’s reminiscent of butterscotch, rather than the common chocolate brownie flavor.

Blondies Recipe

Yield:  around 20 blondies
Total Time: 30 minutes
from Smitten Kitchen

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick, 4 ounces or 113 grams) butter, melted
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

Butter an 8×8 pan. Mix melted butter with light brown sugar – beat until smooth. Then beat in egg and then vanilla. Add salt, stir in flour. Mix in ½ cup of chocolate chips. Pour into prepared pan. Bake at 350°F 20-25 minutes, or until set in the middle.

Anatomy of a Brownie:  A brownie has a cocoa base with a cross between a cake and cookie texture, this results in a taste that’s sweet and chocolatey.

Fudge Brownies Recipe

Yield: around 30 brownies
Total Time: 40 minutes
Recipe adapted from Joy The Baker

  • 1 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup chocolate chips or coarsely chopped chocolate bar

Preheat oven to 350° F.  Grease and flour a 9×13-inch baking pan. Combine butter and cocoa powder in a small bowl, and place over a pot of simmering water.  Make sure that the simmering water down not touch the bottom of the bowl.  Add the water and stir to melt the ingredients.

In a medium sized bowl whisk together the eggs and the sugar.  Add the vanilla extract.  When the butter and chocolate have melted and come together, slowly stir the chocolate mixture into the sugar mixture. Add the flour, baking powder and salt.  Stir to combine. Fold in half of the chocolate chips or chocolate chunks.

Pour the batter in the pan, sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips or chocolate chunks.  Bake for 18-25 minutes, depending on how gooey you like your brownies!

Remove from the oven and cut into bars.

The decision: It’s a draw! With a split between the office and the two sweet treats being equally delicious it was impossible to pick a winner. Sometimes we are in the mood for a light sugary treat and other times we want some rich chocolatey deliciousness. Why choose when you can have both?

– Rachel Karten


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