Brown Butter Ginger Molasses Blondies-brown butter makes these Chewy, Spiced ginger molasses blondies extra special. They are the perfect easy Dessert for Christmas!
Best Blondie Recipe for the Holidays
I have been baking a lot of Christmas cookies: snickerdoodles, peanut butter blossoms, chocolate kiss cookies, and my favorite soft gingersnaps. While I was enjoying a soft gingersnap cookie, my mind began to wonder and I started dreaming about a ginger molasses blondie. I LOVE blondies and felt like I needed to bake up a festive blondie for the holidays.
I didn’t waste any time. I got out all of the ingredients to make my dream blondies. I didn’t want to wait for the butter to come to room temperature so I browned the butter and that was the best decision ever. These Brown Butter Ginger Molasses Blondies are my new favorite Christmas treat! If you are a ginger molasses fan, you are going to LOVE these blondies.
How to Make Brown Butter Ginger Molasses Blondies
Take a break from rolling and scooping cookie dough balls and make these amazing blondies! They are SO easy and SO good!
- First, grease a 9×9-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. I found the 9×9-inch pan works best for this recipe. The bars aren’t too think or too thick, they are just right! If you make them in an 8×8-inch pan they will be a little thicker and will require a little more baking time. If you make them in a 9×13-inch pan, the blondies will be thinner and might bake a few minutes faster. Again, I recommend a 9×9-pan for the perfect blondies!
- Next, brown the butter. Place the butter in a medium skillet and melt over medium heat, swirling it in the pan occasionally. The butter will foam and pop, so be careful. Continue to swirl the pan often. Remove pan from heat once the butter starts to brown and smells nutty. There will be small brown bits on the bottom. The butter should be an amber color. Pour butter into a small bowl and let it cool slightly.
- Whisk together the dry ingredients, including all of the spices. The ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves give the blondies tons of flavor!
- Brown sugar makes the blondies super chewy and moist. Mix together the brown butter and brown sugar.
- Add a egg and egg yolk. The egg yolk will also help make the blondies extra chewy.
- Add the vanilla extract and the molasses. Pro tip-spray your measuring cup before you measure the molasses so it will come out nice and easy!
- Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Don’t over mix. Press the blondie batter evenly into the greased pan. Sprinkle generously with sparkling sugar. The sugar will make the bars pretty and add a nice sugary crunch.
- Bake for 20 to 23 minutes or until the edges are light golden brown. DO NOT OVER BAKE! This is so important. If you over bake the bars will not be soft and chewy. The bars will finish baking in the pan as they cool so take them out when they are still a little underdone.
- Let the blondies cool before cutting into squares.
Easy Christmas Dessert
I love making blondies because they are an easy one pan dessert that everyone loves. These brown butter ginger molasses blondies are soft, chewy, perfectly spiced. The brown butter compliments the molasses and spices SO nicely. The combo is a winner! I love the sparkly sugar tops, but if you want to go all out, you could drizzle the bars with white chocolate or chocolate, I think that would be good too! Enjoy!
If you like this blondie recipe, you might also like:
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
- Our Favorite Brownies
- Marshmallow Toffee Blondies
- Salted Caramel Pretzel Brownies
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies
Brown Butter Ginger Molasses Blondies
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup molasses
- Sparkling Sugar for sprinkling on bars
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x9-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
- To brown the butter, place butter in a medium skillet. Melt the butter over medium heat, swirling it in the pan occasionally. The butter will foam and pop, so be careful. Continue to swirl the pan often. Remove pan from heat once the butter starts to brown and smells nutty. There will be small brown bits on the bottom. The butter should be an amber color. Pour butter into a small bowl and cool while you prepare the other ingredients.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the the flour, baking powder, salt, and spices. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the brown butter and brown sugar until well combined.
- Add in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined. Add in the molasses. Mix until the molasses is combined with the other ingredients.
- With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture and mix on low until just combined. Don’t over mix.
- Press the blondie batter evenly into the prepared pan. Sprinkle generously with sparkling sugar.
- Bake for 20 to 23 minutes or until the edges are light golden brown and the blondies are still soft. Do not over bake! The blondies will set up as they cool.
- Remove the pan from the oven and set the blondies on a cooling wrack. Let the blondies cool completely before cutting into squares.
- Store the blondies in an airtight container for up to 4 days. You can also freeze the blondies for up to one month.
Have you tried this recipe?
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Do you ever weigh your flour? Thanks!
I made these for my Christmas cookie trays and got rave reviews from the recipients asking for this specific recipe! And SO much easier to do a bar! (Although they also loved your Salted Caramel Pretzel Fudge too!)
Yay! Happy to hear!
Could this be made in a half sheet pan? If so, should I double the recipe?
I have made this 3 , yes 3 times in the last two weeks. These are the most delicious blondies I have ever had and they are perfect for the holiday season. My friends and family eat an entire pans worth each time. I didn’t have any unsalted butter on me so I used salted butter and they were PERFECT. Such happy accident! You get the tiniest hint of salt while you eat and it is HEAVENLY. MAKE THESE NOW!!
I think it would be better with chopped nuts for texture
These were delicious! Perfectly spiced, chewy, and flavorful. I didn’t have any sparkling sugar, but I’m sure they would be delicious with it!