If you have never had a blondie, you are missing out. They are soft and chewy, like a brownie, but have the same flavor as a classic chocolate chip cookie. I don’t know anyone who can turn down a good chocolate chip cookie. Best of all, these are super easy to make.

BlondiesSet your oven to 350 degrees…

350 degreesCheck.

Make sure your baby is napping…


Now for the fun. Carefully melt margarine and shortening. I used the microwave but you can also do this in a small pot on the stove.

margarine and shorteningall meltedMix up the melted margarine and shortening with one pound aka one box of brown sugar.

one poundI had a 2 pound bag of brown sugar so I pulled out my handy dandy kitchen scale to get the precise measurement.

Then mix in the eggs and corn syrup (I removed this from my recipe, I didn’t like how it reacted). Once that is mixed in, add in the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and salt. Vanilla extract and butter flavoring are the last to join the party.

sugar, eggs, corn syrupdry ingredientsMix well, you don’t want any lumps. For some reason when I was making these I decided not to use my stand mixer. I was too lazy to take it out and figured it wouldn’t be such a big deal to mix by hand. Huge mistake! This batter is pretty thick; I highly recommend using an electric mixer.


Next line a half sheet pan or jelly roll pan with parchment paper and spread the batter as evenly as you can.

spreading the batterOnce the batter is spread out, sprinkle on the whole bag of chocolate chips and gently press them in. Then the pan goes into the oven for about 15 minutes until lightly browned.

baked blondiesYummmmmm.

I used a round cutter to cut the blondies out into perfect circles.

perfect blondiesThis is originally my moms recipe but I tweaked it a bit. Here’s my version:

  • ½ cup shortening
  • ½ cup margarine
  • 1 pound (1 box) light brown sugar
  • 3 Tbs. hot water
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. butter flavor (optional)
  • 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a half sheet pan or jelly roll pan (13x18 inch) with parchment paper.
  3. In a small saucepan melt the shortening, margarine, and sugar.
  4. Add in the water and stir to combine. Allow to cool.
  5. Pour the cooled mixture into the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
  6. Add in the eggs and mix to combine.
  7. Then add in the dry ingredients and flavorings.
  8. Spread the batter evenly in the parchment lined pan.
  9. Sprinkle the chips on top and gently press them into the batter.
  10. Bake for 15-20 minutes until light brown. Do not bake too long or the blondies will be dry.
  11. Cool and cut into squares.