It’s said that blondes have more fun, but what about blondies? On January 22—National Blonde Brownie Day—the answer is a resounding, “YES!” Blonde brownies, also known as blondies, are baked bars that replace the cocoa in a brownie with brown sugar for a warm, rich butterscotch-flavored treat. Bars are more filling and substantial than a cookie, and are delicious warmed up with ice cream for an impressive dessert dessert or at room-temperature for a quick snack. For those times when chocolate is just too heavy, lighten up and enjoy a blondie. On National Blonde Brownie Day, we celebrate these beautiful bars by baking, eating, sharing, and buying them!
Why We Love National Blonde Brownie Day
A. Rumor has it that blondies actually pre-date brownies
Widespread availability of chocolate and cocoa powder is a recent phenomenon, but brown sugar has been around for a long time. In fact, one of the first widely-published brownie recipes came out in 1896—and contained no chocolate. Could it be that blondies are the original brownies? This changes everything.
B. They show you that you don't need chocolate to have a good time
As difficult as this is to believe, there are some people out there who don't like chocolate (or worse, are allergic to it). What happens when you want a non-chocolate mid-day treat that is more substantial than a cookie, but not as fussy as a cupcake? The blondie has got you covered, and deliciously to boot.
C. They make the chocolate chips taste better
Let's admit it, sometimes you lose the taste of the chocolate chip if it is in a brownie. In a blondie, however, if you mix-in chocolate chips, those chips really pop. The smooth butterscotch flavor of the blondie allows the chocolate chip to do its thing (just like a great dance partner).
How to Celebrate National Blonde Brownie Day
1. Stuff your face
Use National Blonde Brownie Day to indulge in every kind of blondie you can get your hans on. Take a tour of local bakeries and coffee shops and sample their blondie offerings. Do you like toffee chip mix-ins? Walnuts, coconut pieces? Or do you prefer the classic? Find your favorites.
2. Share your blondies
Spread the word that today is National Blonde Brownie Day by sharing blondies with your friends and family! Bake some blondies to bring to work, or stop by the baker to bring a batch to school. Want to keep your blondies for yourself? We get it, but make sure to post your most scrumptious pictures on social media to inspire your friends to get out there and eat a few themselves.
3. Blondie bake-off
Have a pot-luck where everyone brings the same thing — their own versions of blondies! With chocolate chips or without? With nuts or without? With icing or without? Taste a variety of flavors, and see which of your friends is the best blondie baker of them all.