This easy butter pecan blondie recipe is perfect for when the kids are at home and everyone wants something sweet. And let's face it, EVERYONE is at home! Don't worry, blondies are the perfect no-fail recipe!
Back in the day, dessert was a thing every night of the week. It didn't have to be elaborate back then, and it doesn't have to be now. This is a great recipe to get the kids in the kitchen for a little math!
Easy Butter Pecan Blondie Recipe
If you've been a reader for a really long time (9 years?!) you know I homeschooled my girls for much of their education. My girls started in a small school when we lived in Maryland, and decided to homeschool when our oldest was going into fourth grade and our youngest was going into first.
We were a very hands-on kind of schooling family. When we studied about The Underground Railroad, we drove to where Harriett Tubman grew up. When we were learning about animals, we spent the day at the zoo or local nature center.
It's easy to see how we would end up in the kitchen when it came to math. "I can't find the ¼ cup measuring cup? How many tablespoons should I use?" And off they'd go to figure it out.
Especially when the kids are little, hands-on activities help them learn to think on their own and use up that energy. Check out Baketivity for ready-made kits to get kids baking and having fun without all the work on your part. We moms need a break now and then!
Make this easy Butter Pecan Blondie Recipe today and the kids can put it on the table for dessert tonight. Wondering what to make for dinner? Try this delicious Immune Boosting Soup or this recipe for Beer Braised Short Ribs. They are both easy recipes.
Ingredients for Easy Butter Pecan Blondie Recipe
You probably have everything you need for this recipe except the maple baking chips and pecans. Staying home because of the virus has most of us stocked up on flour, baking powder, pure vanilla extract, salt, baking spray, and sugars - both regular granulated and brown sugar.
Did you know that you can replace brown sugar by substituting white sugar and adding two teaspoons of maple syrup or molasses per cup? Ah, the things we learn when we can't just run to the grocery store.
From the fridge, you'll need unsalted butter, eggs, and milk.
How to Make Easy Butter Pecan Blondies
Scroll all the way down to see the exact measurements for ingredients as well as detailed instructions! This recipe makes 12 bars.
What Other Flavoring Could I Use?
The butter pecan blondie flavor is absolutely delicious, but maybe someone in your house doesn't like butter pecan. Switch out the pecans for pistachios! They are delicious in baked goods.
You can also leave the nuts out altogether, or perhaps add an extract like almond for the nut flavor without the nuts.
For a chocolate bar, more like a brownie, eliminate the maple chips and replace them with chocolate chips. Make a chocolate mint bar by adding mint chocolate chips. If you try something new, let me know!
Questions About Making Butter Pecan Blondies
Can I reduce the calories of these bars?
You can easily reduce the calories by using light butter or margarine and replacing the whole milk with 1%. I would not use skim milk as you need a little bit of fat to have a soft, moist texture.
If you happen to realize you're out of whole, 2%, or 1% milk, check this chart from Cook's Illustrated for replacement measurements.
How Long Do Butter Pecan Blondies Keep?
You can keep these wrapped in plastic wrap, a sealed baggie, or in a plastic container for three to four days. Trust me, they won't last that long!
If you do want to double the batch so you have some for later, you can easily freeze them in an airtight container for about four months.
If you're watching your weight (I'm trying!) you might want to check out some of the recipes for lower calorie desserts, like these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies that are just under 80 calories and 2 Weight Watchers points.
I have quite a few Weight Watchers recipes on this site because it really helps me watch my weight, and you can see them all by just clicking Food & Drink and then Weight Watchers on the drop-down.
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- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup un-salted butter, softened
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- ¾ cup milk
- ½ cup maple baking chips
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- baking spray
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 369Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 286mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 1gSugar: 24gProtein: 4g