Retro Blondies

These butterscotch-flavored brownies have been a favorite with kids and adults alike for decades. Omit the nuts if you want to. Sprinkle the tops of the blondies with some confectioners’ sugar just before serving for a sweet touch.

Serves: 16Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 50 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 16


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease a 9-inch square pan. (Glass works best for this recipe.)
  • Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl; set aside. Melt butter and brown sugar together in a microwave, stirring until smooth. Let cool to room temperature.
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla.
  • Fold in flour mixture, chocolate chips, and walnuts until well blended and there are no streaks of flour in the dough.
  • Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few crumbs clinging to it. Cool and cut into squares.