Best Ultimate Homemade Butterscotch Blondies with Chocolate Chips

Does anyone remember Nancy Drew? She always gave away Blondies to get information from witnesses. Here is our chef's favorite recipe for them. It's not top secret, but it is the best.

Adding a kiss of brandy extract gives the bars a delightful flavor and compliments the toasted walnuts. We use creamy milk chocolate chips but feel free to switch them out with dark chocolate chips or chunks. Don’t substitute margarine for the butter; the flavor won’t be the same. We hope they get you tons of secret files and mystery information, though you may find people’s mouths are so full of bars that they can’t answer any questions right up front.

 Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Blondies

 1/2 cup melted butter

 2 cups dark brown sugar

 2 eggs

1 tsp double-strength vanilla

 1 tsp brandy extract

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 cup flour

 2 tsp baking powder

 1 cup chopped toasted walnuts (opti0nal)

 1 cup milk chocolate chip


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Butter a 9 x 13-inch cake pan.
  • In a large bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, and brandy extract.
  • In a separate bowl, combine salt, flour, and baking powder.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and combine well. Add nuts and chocolate chips. Spread the dough evenly in the pan.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes until they look dry and almost firm to the touch.
  • Let cool for 10-15 minutes and cut into small squares. Yield 36 blondies.