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The Best Dark Chocolate & Salted Caramel Blondie Recipe

Vespa's recipes have appeared in "Midwest Living" and "Taste of Home". She belongs to Cook's Recipe Testers for "Cook's Illustrated".

Chocolate Chip Blondies With Salted Caramel

Chocolate Chip Blondies With Salted Caramel

Chewy Blondies Recipe

Do you pefer blondies or brownies? Blondies, also called blonde brownies, sheet cookies or cookie bars, should be chewy, buttery and deliciously sweet. Built on brown sugar instead of cocoa, they can be varied with your selection of flavored chips, nuts and exotic ingredients such as coconut or dried fruit.

Blondies are quicker and easier than cookies and should be moist and chewy rather than dry and crumbly. They almost always contain flour, brown sugar, eggs, lots of butter and vanilla extract.

What's special about this recipe? We start with a rich, moist blondie and add bitter chocolate and buttery salted caramel for complexity and extra richness. Top one of these blondies with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and you'll have a dessert your friends won't soon forget!

Tips

  • The most important tip to remember when baking blondies is not to overcook them.
  • We prefer Ghirardelli 60% cacao chips but milk chocolate, white chocolate, butterscotch or peanut butter chips (or a combination) are also delicious.
  • Switch things up with walnuts, macadamia nuts or cashews instead of pecans.
  • We use pink sea salt in our caramel sauce but kosher or any sea salt works just as well. We don't recommend table salt as it can leave a metallic after-taste.
  • Watch the sugar carefully while it melts and stir, if necessary, to keep it from burning. Add butter and cream when melted sugar turns light brown. Don't allow carmelized sugar to become too dark.
  • If you are pressed for time, purchase caramel sauce at your local grocery store.
  • Bake 30-35 minutes for gooey, chewy blondies; 35-40 minutes if you like them firmer.
  • Blondies are done when they have a firm center, pull away from the pan and turn golden brown.
  • For a special treat, try blondie a la mode with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream.

Blondies With Chocolate Chips & Salted Caramel

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

30 min

45 min

12 bars

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup salted butter, melted & cooled
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, preferably Ghirardelli 60% cacao
  • 1 cup pecan halves, toasted*

*To toast pecans: Place on a baking sheet and slide into the 350 Fahrenheit oven. Toast for about 10 minutes, or until pecans turn golden brown. Cool.

Caramel Sauce:

  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, salted
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt

Instructions

  1. Butter a 7 x 11 inch or 9 x 9 inch baking dish. Drape with a strip of parchment paper cut to fit. Butter the paper.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit.
  3. Place a heavy-bottomed, medium-sized pot over medium heat. Add white sugar and watch carefully. When the sugar begins to melt, swirl the pan. Continue to swirl until the sugar has turned light golden brown. Be careful not to let it burn.
  4. Remove from heat and, using a whisk, incorporate the butter, cream and salt. Whisk until the caramel sauce becomes glossy and silky. Set aside to cool.
  5. Using a hand-held or stand mixer, cream together butter and sugars until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla extract. Mix well.
  6. Add the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Pour in the chocolate chips and stir by hand just until chips are incorporated.
  7. Spread about 2/3 of the dough in the bottom of baking dish.
  8. Pour caramel sauce over the top of the dough. Arrange toasted pecan halves across carameled surface.
  9. Dot the rest of the blondie dough over the caramel sauce and pecans.
  10. Place baking pan in preheated oven and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until blondies reach desired degree of doneness. (see tips)
  11. Remove blondies from oven and allow to cool for about 20 minutes or until cool enough to touch. Take blondies out of pan and peel off parchment. Cool 10 minutes more before slicing into squares.

How to Cut Blondies

  1. Wait until blondies are cool to touch.
  2. Use a sharp-edged metal spatula to cut around the outside edges, freeing the treats from the baking pan.
  3. If they are firm and cool enough, you should be able to slide them out of the pan. Grasp the waxed paper and gently slide them onto a cutting board or mat. Cut with a plastic or silicone knife (it won't stick).
  4. If you prefer gooey blondies, do not attempt to remove them from baking dish.
  5. The best way to cut them while still in the pan is with a metal spatula. Using the sharp edge, push the spatula into blondie and pull straight out again. Do this lengthwise and then crosswise, cutting the blondies into 12 small squares.
  6. Rinse or wipe the spatula frequently while you are cutting.
  7. Use a spatula to transfer them to a serving plate or tupperware for storage.

Enjoy blondies with a cup of tea or coffee or a tall glass of cold milk.

Chocolate Chip Blondies With Salted Caramel

Chocolate Chip Blondies With Salted Caramel

Comments

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on October 20, 2014:

Maggie.L, I hooe you enjoy these sweet, gooey blondies!

Maggie.L from UK on October 20, 2014:

My mouth is absolutely watering after seeing this delicious recipe. I'll show this to my daughter who loves baking. Voted up and pinning.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 26, 2013:

Au fait, you will definitely love these. I make sure not to overbake as I like them gooey. I hope you can try them soon!

C E Clark from North Texas on November 26, 2013:

These look perfect for the holidays, either to serve guests or to give as a gift. I know they're perfect for my sweet/salty personality. ;)

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on October 06, 2013:

carter06, thanks so much for your feedback. I really appreciate the pin and comment. Enjoy!

Mary from Cronulla NSW on October 04, 2013:

I so regret the day I found this recipe!! :)No seriously came back to pin it.. Love them.. Cheers

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on October 03, 2013:

Moonlake, I hope you and your husband enjoy these as much as we do! I developed this recipe because I found too many blondies were dry and flavorless. Thanks for the pin and vote! Have a nice week.

moonlake from America on October 03, 2013:

You have great photos. This looks so good. I'm going to pin this recipe so I can keep track of it. My husband walks in the door wanting to know what I have baked he would like this. Voted up.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on August 04, 2013:

Deborah-Diane, these gooey, chocolatey, carmelized blondies are hard to resist! Thanks for your comment.

Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on August 04, 2013:

Mmmmm! Sounds like a wonderful recipe!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on February 06, 2013:

PegCole, these blondies are one of our favorite treats! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.Thanks for taking the time to come by.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on February 06, 2013:

So glad I happened upon this recipe today. Your pictures are amazing and the instructions are expertly written. I can't wait to try these out.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 08, 2013:

Moonlake, this is one of my favorite desserts. It's rich and decadent and often requested by my friends and family. I hope you and your husband enjoy it as much as we do! Thanks for the vote and pin.

moonlake from America on January 08, 2013:

This looks great. My husband was sitting by me while I was looking at this recipe, he says I need to keep it so we can make it sometime. Voted up and Pinned.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on December 31, 2012:

Peachpurple, this is a very popular recipe. It's hard to beat chocolate and caramel! Enjoy and thank you for taking the time to come by.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on December 30, 2012:

Awesome recipe. Tips are easy to understand, wonderful pictures and straight forward recipe. Sound good for this New Year celebration. Voted up

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on December 29, 2012:

Carolyn Rae, they really are decadent, gooey and everything you could ever want in a dessert. Than you for the pin and comment!

Carolyn from NY on December 29, 2012:

These look too delicious to be true! I am definitely pinning this to my Recipes board on Pinterest! Thanks!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on December 17, 2012:

Thanks, KoffeeKlatchGals, this recipe has received rave reviews. I hope you enjoy it!

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on December 17, 2012:

It looks so delicious. I definitely will be trying. Love the step by step pictures.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on December 11, 2012:

Carter06, I'm so glad you tried the blondies! They really are addictive and rich. Thanks so much for taking the time to come back and leave your review.

Mary from Cronulla NSW on December 11, 2012:

Oh & btw couldn't wait for Xmas - tried these wickedly delicious blondies last night...AMAZING...am now seriously hooked:) - cheers

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on December 11, 2012:

TToombs, LOL. It's hard to share something so yummy. : )

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on December 11, 2012:

OMG, these look sinfully delicious! Shared a little. ;)

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on December 05, 2012:

Carter, these will definitely bring you out of sugar starvation mode! Enjoy them and thank you for taking the time to read and share.

Mary from Cronulla NSW on December 05, 2012:

Oh wow these sound so fantastic..am a bit sugar starved lately as on a diet but will give these a go over Xmas...thanks for sharing...UA& shared

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on December 05, 2012:

DeborahBrooks, thank you for sharing! These blondies are sooo delicious. I'll have to check out cooking time on Facebook. I've never heard of it!

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on December 05, 2012:

delicious.. I can't wait to make this.. what a great recipe..

sharing on cooking time on Facebook

Merry Christmas

Debbie

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on December 05, 2012:

Loveofnight, thank you for paying me a visit. These blondies are hard to resist, and I especially enjoy the gooey type that are baked just the right length of time. Enjoy!

loveofnight from Baltimore, Maryland on December 05, 2012:

My mouth is still watering, I have not tried these before but I definitely will........thanks much

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on December 03, 2012:

Dolores Monet, your comment made me laugh. : ) They really are wonderful blondies, and I'm especially partal to the gooey undercooked variety. I hope you have a chance to try them and thanks for coming by!

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on December 03, 2012:

Oh make it stop! Those blondies look fabulous and now I want one! I love blondies and this recipe looks great. Your pictures are awesome!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on December 03, 2012:

Dentistes, I hope you have a chance to make these blondies! I prefer them on the gooey side. The chocolate and caramel is so yummy! Thank you for coming by again. : )

Devjeet Singh from India on December 03, 2012:

One of the best recipe hub I ever read....Today I read it for the second time.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 30, 2012:

Algarveview, this is definitely a kid-friendly recipe! Enjoy and thanks so much for the vote, comment and share. I prefer the soft undercooked center pieces, whereas my husband enjoys crusty edge pieces.

Joana e Bruno from Algarve, Portugal on November 30, 2012:

OMG, it looks so delicious my mouth is watering... Great recipe, I will have to try it and it doesn't even look that hard... Besides I think it will be a hit with my kids... Voted up and interesting and sharing! Have a great day!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 29, 2012:

Om Paramapoonya, I'm happy to have awakened your sweet tooth. : ) Thanks for the comment, vote and pin!

Om Paramapoonya on November 29, 2012:

My sweet tooth has been awakened, and it's all your fault! LOL.....Well, I forgive you, though. Rated awesome and pinned!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 26, 2012:

PeggyW, I think blondies were popularized by coffee shops. I don't care for plain blondies, but the caramel sauce and chocolate makes them irresistible to me. Thanks for coming by!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 26, 2012:

As many have already stated, your wonderful photos are "drool" worthy! I had never heard of blondies, so thanks for the introduction and great sounding recipe. Happy to share.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 26, 2012:

Tammyswallow, the blondies make great gifts for friends or family. Enjoy! I'm glad you enjoyed the photos.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 26, 2012:

ElleBee, I also find salted caramel to be irresistible. Thank you for your comment.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 26, 2012:

Letitia, nice to see you around! Thanks a lot for the pin and share, too.

Tammy from North Carolina on November 26, 2012:

This is outstanding! The photos make it extra appealling. What a wonderful recipie for the holidays!

ElleBee on November 26, 2012:

Salted caramel is my major weakness at the moment. This looks delicious!

LetitiaFT from Paris via California on November 26, 2012:

Pinned. Shared. Drooled over.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 26, 2012:

Ishwaryaa, if you love brownies then I'm sure the blondies will be a hit, too. They're so rich and gooey. Thank you for the share, vote and pin!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on November 26, 2012:

Wow! The first and last photos look super-delicious! This is the first time I have heard about blondies thanks to you. Brownies is one of my favorites and I am sure that I enjoy these ones too. Will show your recipe to my cousin-sister so that we make these blondies quite soon. Rated your tasty recipe 5 stars! Way to go!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up, pinned & shared

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 25, 2012:

Unknown spy, I think many of us find chocolate irresistible! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 25, 2012:

Randomcreative, thank you for coming over!

Life Under Construction from Neverland on November 25, 2012:

i go crazy with everything with chocolates. your recipe is worth sharing :)

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 24, 2012:

My mouth is watering! Clearly I'm not the only one. Thanks for sharing this great recipe.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 24, 2012:

Alocsin, I hope the family cook puts this recipe to the test. Since you adore caramels, you'll love it!

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on November 24, 2012:

I've never heard of blondies but they look delicious, especially since I adore caramels. Unfortunately, my cooking skills are dismal but I can forward this recipe to the family cook. Voting this Up and Useful.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 23, 2012:

GlimmerTwinFan, thank you for your kind words. Yes, living in Peru has forced me to learn to make food from scratch. It's more effort, but it also very delicious! Thank you for the vote and pin!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 23, 2012:

Enjoy! They really are a special treat, and soooo gooey. Thank you for coming by, Jenn-Anne.

Claudia Mitchell on November 23, 2012:

Beautiful recipe vespawoolf. I have voted and pinned. I really love that your recipes are made from scratch and are different from things we normally see.

Jenn-Anne on November 23, 2012:

Oh yum! These sound soooooo delicious! Can't wait to try them. Voted up.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 23, 2012:

Denise, thanks so much for all the ratings and the share. Yes, they're an especially decadent dessert! lol Enjoy!

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on November 23, 2012:

YUM! in a one word description of this tempting dessert. I hit "shared" before I even finished the article. What a delicious looking dessert for the holidays. The photos made me want to dive into my computer, lol I've never made blondies, only brownies, but will definitely try it. Thanks for sharing. Rated UP/U/A/I

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 23, 2012:

Yes, they really are a mouth-watering dessert. Thank you for coming by, dentistes.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 23, 2012:

Newusedcarssacram, enjoy! They really are fantastically yummy. : )

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 23, 2012:

Mary, I'm glad the photos revived your appetite. : ) Thanks s much for the votes, comment and share.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 23, 2012:

Flacoinohio, it's a combo that's hard to beat! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

Devjeet Singh from India on November 22, 2012:

*drool

newusedcarssacram from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A on November 22, 2012:

I am going to try this right now. It looks so fantastic and yummy...

thanks for sharing...voted up.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on November 22, 2012:

After eating a huge Thanksgiving dinner, I never thought I'd be hungry again, but after reading this Hub, I am hungry again!

Wish we had a vote for yummy! I voted everything else, and will share.

flacoinohio from Ohio on November 22, 2012:

Mmmmmm....chocolate and salted caramel.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 22, 2012:

Prasetio, I hope you and your mother enjoy this delicious dessert! The salted caramel is such a nice complement to the chocolate. Thank you for coming by.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on November 22, 2012:

Delicious and I can't wait to make it soon with my mom. My friend, just looking at the pictures makes me hungry. Thanks for share with us. Voted up!

Prasetio

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 22, 2012:

Jools99, they're extra delicious served with a glass of cold milk or scoop of ice cream. : ) Thank you for reading and commenting!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 22, 2012:

JustAskSusan, they're so buttery and delicious. The caramel and chocolate chips makes them to-die-for. Thank you for taking the time to comment!

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on November 22, 2012:

Oh my goodness, these look so delicious and 100% decadent - I am bookmarking and have already pinned, fab :o)

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on November 22, 2012:

Drooling :) I've never had Blondie's before but I have to try them. Look and sound so good!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 22, 2012:

Thundermama, I really like this salted caramel recipe because it's so easy to make. In a pinch, I've also substituted canned (evaporated) milk for the cream, although the cream of course gives the best flavor. Thank you for coming by!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 22, 2012:

Suzie, your zest for life always brings a smile to my face! I thought of you when I published this hub, because you're always so enthusiastic about my desserts. You definitely won't be sorry if you have a chance to try these! It's just hard to stop eating them. : )

Catherine Taylor from Canada on November 22, 2012:

Sweet mother these look amazing! I was just looking for a good salty caramel recipe and this appears. I will be trying this soon. Great recipe!

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on November 22, 2012:

OH Vespa!

Wow and double WOW!! The minute I saw the title in my notifications I said oh no, another yummy one and I haven't had dinner yet so will drool at the pics!!! Yep, this is a drooler and sounds heavenly, delicious and definitely worthy of the GORGEOUSLICIOUS factor!! Never heard of blondies before, believe it or not but now you have stamped them into my brain!!

Cannot wait to try this - 5 Stars, all the votes, sharing and pinning!!

For anyone that has not read your deserts I would strongly recommend checking those links out - you will not be disappointed!!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 22, 2012:

SmartandFun, that's totally understandable. Everyone has their preference, and caramel is so delicious. You could make one batch, sprinkling the chocolate chips over the dough on just one half of the pan. Then you'd have half a batch all to yourself. : )

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 22, 2012:

indieJoe, Ghirardelli chips are the best! I'm glad you like the new format. Tell me how they come out. : )

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 22, 2012:

Savingkathy, they really are delicious. Thanks for the comment and pin!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 22, 2012:

Jackie Lynnley, they are easy and yet taste so decadent. Enjoy and thanks for your comment.

SmartAndFun from Texas on November 22, 2012:

Yummmmmm, these look so delicious. People think I'm crazy but I actually prefer caramel over chocolate. I think I may make two batches of these - one without the chocolate chips (for me) and one with chocolate chips for everyone else in my family. Thanks for another mouth-watering recipe!

IndieJoe on November 22, 2012:

Oh wow, these look amazing. I spotted some Ghirardelli chips in our pantry and now they will be put to good use. The new format is awesome. 5 stars and thanks!!!

Kathy Sima from Ontario, Canada on November 22, 2012:

Oh wow. These look sinfully delicious. Pinning this one for sure!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on November 22, 2012:

Yummy....I will have to make this as soon as possible! And they sound so easy too! You got me. Thanks!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 22, 2012:

Btrbell, I'm glad you like the pictures. Thank you for the comment and pin!

Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on November 21, 2012:

Oh, my goodness! You had me with the first picture! This looks amazing! Thank you for sharing! up, awesome and pinning!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 21, 2012:

Kitkat, it really is decadent. Enjoy!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 21, 2012:

Sgbrown, your sister-in-law's blueberry banana pie sounds divine! I hope you post the recipe soon. And dressing...one of my favorites! Enjoy and thanks so much for the vote and comment.

kitkat1141 from Ontario, Canada on November 21, 2012:

This looks sinfully good. I will have to try this one.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on November 21, 2012:

Can you see me drooling? OMGosh, these look soooo good! I wish I had the energy to make these tonight, but too tired! I made by sister-in-laws favorite pie tonight, Blueberry Banana Ice Box pie. It is really easy, but I had to make 3 of them, after making 2 separate pans of dressing. I'm not used to cooking this much! Definitely saving this recipe and will try it very soon! Voting up and awesome and gave it 5 stars! :)

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 21, 2012:

RebeccaMealey, your comment made me smile. : ) Yes, it is an irresistible combination. I might just have to make a batch tonight! Thanks for the comment, share and pin.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on November 21, 2012:

Boy, these photos are disturbing. They have me literally drooling. I have always loved blondies and the caramel twist is too tempting. Shared, pinned for sure!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 21, 2012:

Thank you, Flashmakeit! Enjoy your weekend!

flashmakeit from usa on November 21, 2012:

A chewy treat just in time for Thanksgiving. Thanks so much! Vote up!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 21, 2012:

Ktrapp, I'm glad you plan to make these decadent blondies. They truly are an unforgettable treat! Thank you for taking the time to comment, too.

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on November 21, 2012:

Those look wonderful; of course anything with the words chocolate, caramel and salt in its name has to be incredibly delicious. I definitely am going to make these and probably with a scoop of vanilla ice cream as you suggested.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 21, 2012:

Lemonkerdz, glad you like my new format! I used thumbnail sized images in the past, but it seems all the food blogs are using full-size ones so I decided to switch my MO. : ) Thanks for noticing and for taking the time to comment and pin!

lemonkerdz from LIMA, PERU on November 21, 2012:

vespawoolf that looks a great recipe. Wish i had a batch and a coffee right now. I like your new style of putting easy to follow pictures on in the large fromat. It looks a nice squiggy mix. well done on the new hub it gives me great ideas now. pinned to try.