If there was ever a recipe that screams make me, eat me, it’s these soft and gooey Coffee Chocolate Chip Blondies. Made with nutty browned butter, brown sugar, real maple syrup, and just a touch of coffee, plus sea salt to finish. There’s really nothing not to love about these chocolatey coffee-swirled blondies. The true secret? Brown butter mixed with vanilla and coffee. The trio together creates a blondie bar that’s incredibly flavorful – soft, gooey, and with a lightly crinkled flaky top. So delicious and almost zero effort to bake up!
Sometimes all you really need is a good cup of coffee…or let’s be real a salted cookie. These cold March days can be tiring. Though the added hour of daylight is welcomed with both arms, it makes me so happy!
But still, some days you really just crave a classic cookie or something similar. And for me, those days often come in March. This is such a weird transitional time. It’s not yet spring, but we’re all wishing it was. Our heads are thinking spring, but the weather still says winter.
With buckets and buckets of snow this past weekend, all I felt like doing in the kitchen was baking. So I baked up these yummy blondies.
I’ve had this idea for a while now, months actually. I was originally thinking of sharing these in the fall, but never got around to baking them up.
But here we are, and this feels like the most fitting recipe for today! They’re the easiest to make and so delicious. Perfect for any random weekday baking.
What I love about this blondie recipe is just how simple it is. You don’t even need a mixer!
Like many of my desserts, this recipe requires brown butter, so start there. Just allow the butter to bubble up and brown on the stove. It will smell nutty and super delicious. This is when you know it’s done.
To the butter, mix in brown sugar and maple. The butter keeps the bars rich and flavorful, but the maple adds sweetness while also adding moisture. Combined together they make the best blondie bar.
Once the mix has cooled, add in the eggs and the vanilla. I use a lot of vanilla, two whole tablespoons, which I think is the real secret. It gives a wonderful flavor, especially when combined with chocolate and coffee.
Finish with the flour, baking powder, coffee powder, and salt. Then lots of chocolate chips, I like semi-sweet chips best for this.
Bake and enjoy the sweet, sweet smells coming from the oven. I always add sea salt just after I pull the bars out of the oven. But of course, this is completely optional. Then, we like to cut the bars while hot and enjoy a few squares of extra melty pockets of chocolate.
Oh, they’re just perfect, and what we really appreciate is the ease!
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Coffee Chocolate Chip Blondies
Servings: 24 bars
Calories Per Serving: 164 kcal
Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
- 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) salted butter
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1-2 tablespoons vanilla extract (I always use 2)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1-2 tablespoons instant espresso or coffee powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- flaky sea salt (optional)
- 1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a 9×13 inch baking dish with parchment paper.2. Add the butter to a medium pot set over medium heat. Allow the butter to brown, until it smells toasted, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the brown sugar and maple syrup. Let cool 5 minutes. 3. Whisk in the eggs and vanilla. Add the flour, baking powder, espresso/coffee powder, and salt. Mix until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.4. Press/spread the dough out into the prepared dish. Bake for 18-22 minutes, until just set in the center. Sprinkle with sea salt. Cut into bars, and enjoy!
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Storing: these bars keep well for 3-4 days at room temperature or in the fridge.