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Brown Sugar Brownies on white parchment paper resting on a on a cutting board with a glass of milk..

Brown Sugar Brownies

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5 from 17 reviews

  • Author: Glenda Embree
  • Total Time: 42 minutes
  • Yield: 16 brownies 1x


Brown Sugar Brownies are stunningly delicious and easily the best Blonde Brownies recipe you will ever make!  Crunchy, crackly tops and bottoms.  Soft, chewy and rich, caramel-y centers filled with pecans.  This easy recipe is loved by young and old alike!


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  • 1 cup (137 grams) unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon homemade vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  • Prepare an 8×8 baking pan by lining the bottom with parchment paper and then spraying with pan spray (even the parchment).
  • Mix flour and baking soda in a medium-size mixing bowl.
  • Add brown sugar and pecans and stir until everything is evenly distributed.
  • Beat the eggs and add to the dry ingredients.  Stir until they are fully incorporated and a stiff dough forms. To have them fully mixed in takes a full 2 to 3 few minutes. The batter is stiff at this stage. Don’t skip mixing it fully before moving on. You shouldn’t be able to detect any dry ingredients left in the bowl.
  • Add the melted butter and vanilla.  Stir until they are incorporated and a smooth, thick batter has formed. The batter should be homogeneous, with no signs of melted butter left anywhere.
  • Spread the batter into the prepared 8×8 pan and bake at 350° for 35 – 38 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and cool on a wire cooling rack for about 5 minutes. At this point, I lay another cooling rack over the top of the pan and flip it, letting the brown sugar brownies slide out onto the second cooling rack.
  • Remove the parchment paper and then do the cooling rack flip one more time, so the brownie slab is right side up while it finishes cooling.
  • Don’t attempt to cut the brown sugar brownies until they have cooled to lukewarm or room temperature. They are continuing to set up as they cool.
  • Prep Time: 7 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Cookies, Bars, Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American