By/ Last Modified On November 14, 2023
Indulge in these delectable Gluten-Free Blondies, the epitome of chewy, gooey goodness, generously studded with sweet white chocolate chips. Prepare to fall head over heels for this easy-to-make dessert that has captured the hearts of dessert enthusiasts everywhere. With the simplicity of its ingredients, this gluten-free blondies recipe is your ticket to creating a scrumptious delight whenever the craving strikes.
What Is A Blondie? A blondie is a dessert bar or square similar to a brownie but does not contain cocoa or chocolate as the primary flavor. Instead, it has a rich and sweet butterscotch or caramel-like flavor. This post covers the ingredients needed to make easy gluten-free blondies, how to make gluten-free blondies, tips for making gluten-free blondies, and how to store gluten-free blondies.
We're also sharing what types of chocolate chips to use to make gluten-free blondies and what brands of white chocolate chips to buy.
And if you can't get enough, don't miss out on these equally irresistible recipes: Gluten-Free Macadamia Cookies for a nutty twist, Grain-Free Hazelnut Brownies for a decadent delight, Gluten-Free Chocolate Dessert Shots for a rich and elegant treat, and Banana Everything Bars for a delightful blend of flavors. With these recipes at your fingertips, your gluten-free dessert choices will be so tasty!
GLUTEN-FREE BLONDIES RECIPE
Gluten-free blondies are a close cousin of Gluten-Free Brownies. Blondies are like brownies, but we've swapped out the chocolate for a rich caramel flavor from baking with brown sugar and vanilla. As a huge chocolate lover, I'd always choose a blondie over a brownie.
They are just such a special treat for me, and while I've occasionally found these in gluten-free bakeries, making them at home is much easier and less expensive. This recipe makes blondies as they should be: rich, chewy, and sweet with the perfect firm yet soft texture.
Blondies come together with simple ingredients that you probably already have, and they bake up in less than a half hour. You'll love how easy this recipe is!
Why You’re Going to Love These Gluten-Free Blondies
Irresistible Chewiness - These gluten-free blondies boast a perfect balance of chewiness and tenderness, creating a delightful texture that will keep you coming back for more.
Gooey Goodness - Prepare to experience the sheer joy of biting into a blondie that oozes with gooey deliciousness, thanks to the generous inclusion of sweet white chocolate chips.
Easy and Accessible - With a straightforward recipe and simple ingredients, you can easily whip up these gluten-free blondies whenever you're craving a homemade treat, making them a convenient and accessible dessert option.
Versatile and Customizable - Whether you prefer the classic combination of white chocolate chips or want to explore different flavor variations, this recipe allows endless possibilities to personalize your blondies to suit your taste.
Ingredients in Gluten-Free Blondies
Butter - This forms the base of our dough and adds flavor, texture, and richness. I prefer unsalted butter for baking to control the salt in my finished product.
Brown Sugar - Brown sugar helps to create the chewy texture of the blondie and adds a caramel-like flavor.
Granulated Sugar - A mix of two types of sugar gives us the perfect chewiness and sweetness levels.
Eggs - Ensure your eggs are at room temperature when baking this recipe.
Vanilla Extract - Pure vanilla extract is a key ingredient. Use the best vanilla you can reasonably afford. It's worth it.
Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour - I use Bob's Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten-Free Baking Flour. This blend includes xanthan gum, so I don't need to add anything.
Baking Powder - This helps add air and rise to the blondies.
Salt - Salt in baked goods balances out the sweetness.
White Chocolate Chips - For an extra burst of creamy sweetness in every bite.
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Equipment Needed for These Gluten-Free Blondies
8x8 Baking Pan - You'll need a square 8x8 baking pan to create the perfect size and shape for your blondies.
Parchment Paper - Lining the baking pan with parchment paper ensures easy removal of the blondies and prevents sticking, making cleanup a breeze.
Mixing Bowls - Have a few bowls on hand for creaming the butter and sugars, whisking dry ingredients, and combining the wet and dry ingredients.
Spatula or Wooden Spoon - A spatula or wooden spoon is essential for folding in the white chocolate chips and transferring the blondie batter into the baking pan.
Cooling Rack - After baking, allow the blondies to set properly on a cooling rack before cutting them into squares.
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How to Make Gluten-Free Blondies
- In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until smooth and creamy.
- Add eggs and vanilla and mix until well combined.
- Whisk together the gluten-free flour blend, baking powder, and salt in a separate mixing bowl. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until combined.
- Stir in white chocolate chips.
- Scoop the dough into a baking pan lined with parchment paper and sprayed with cooking spray.
- Bake as directed in the recipe until the blondies are golden brown. Do not overbake if you want chewy blondies.
These numbered steps match the numbered photos above and are for illustration purposes. Please see the recipe below for the complete list of ingredients and instructions for these gluten-free blondies.
Tips for Making the Best Gluten-Free Blondies
Measure ingredients accurately - Gluten-free baking can be sensitive to ingredient ratios, so make sure to measure your ingredients precisely to maintain the right balance and consistency in your blondies.
Cream butter and sugars thoroughly - Creaming the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar together until smooth and creamy helps create a luscious texture in your blondies.
Don't overmix the batter - Once you add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mix until just combined. Overmixing can lead to dense and tough blondies.
Fold in the white chocolate chips gently - When adding them to the batter, fold them gently to evenly distribute them without overmixing the batter.
Line the baking dish with parchment paper - Use parchment paper to line your baking dish, allowing easy removal of the blondies and preventing sticking. The overhang makes it simpler to lift them out of the pan.
Avoid overbaking - Keep a close eye on your blondies while they bake, and remove them from the oven when they are golden brown on top. Overbaking can result in dry blondies instead of the desired chewy texture.
Allow blondies to cool completely before cutting - Give them ample time to cool in the pan before cutting them into squares. This helps them set properly and ensures clean, neat slices.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is The Difference Between A Brownie And Blondie?
Brownies are typically made with dark or semi-sweet chocolate, giving them a rich and intense chocolate flavor. On the other hand, blondies are made with brown sugar, butter, and vanilla, resulting in a lighter and more caramel-like flavor. Blondies often do not contain any chocolate or may include white chocolate, but they are not as chocolate-centric as brownies.
Why Do Gluten-Free Brownies Fall Apart?
Here are a few reasons why gluten-free brownies may be more prone to falling apart:
Lack of starches or binders - This gluten-free blondie recipe requires additional binders or starches to compensate for the absence of gluten. Ingredients like xanthan gum, guar gum, or additional eggs can help improve the texture and binding properties of the blonde brownies. My flour blend includes xanthan gum, so use a blend with one.
Overbaking - Gluten-free brownies may become drier and more brittle if they are overbaked. It's important to closely monitor the baking time and remove the brownies from the oven as soon as they are cooked without overdoing it.
HOW MANY GLUTEN-FREE BLONDIES DOES THIS RECIPE MAKE?
Baked in an 8x8 pan, you can cut 9 generous-sized blondie squares, but you can easily cut into smaller sizes or triangles if you're serving a crowd.
I haven't tried doubling the batch of gluten-free blondies. I imagine the center wouldn't cook before the edges were overcooked, so I don't recommend doubling this recipe unless you use separate pans.
WHAT KIND OF CHOCOLATE CHIPS GO IN BLONDIES?
I love using white chocolate chips in gluten-free blondies for their creamy sweetness. Substitute it with a chocolate chip, like semi-sweet, milk, or dark chocolate.
These would even be delicious with butterscotch chips or peanut butter chips.
Once you make this gluten-free blondies recipe once, you'll be an expert and can experiment with whatever add-ins you like.
WHITE CHOCOLATE CHIPS FOR GLUTEN-FREE BLONDIES
There are several brands of white chocolate chips available. Trader Joe's, Guittard, Nestle, and Simple Truth are a few.
Lily's and ChocZero make a sugar-free white chocolate chip.
How Do I Store Gluten-Free Blondies?
Gluten-free blondies will keep at room temperature in an airtight container for 2-3 days.
Can I Freeze Gluten-Free Blondies?
You can freeze them for up to six months in a sealed container if needed.
Can You Make These Gluten-Free Blondies Ahead of Time?
Yes, you can. You can bake the blondies as directed in the recipe and allow them to cool completely. Once cooled, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days or alternatively freeze them and thaw and enjoy when required.
What Substitutions / Replacements Can I Make in These Gluten-Free Blondies?
Butter - If you need a dairy-free option, you can substitute the butter with a dairy-free alternative.
Chocolate Chips - While I like to use white chocolate chips, you can substitute them with other chocolate chips or chunks, such as milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or semi-sweet chocolate. You can also incorporate additional mix-ins like nuts, dried fruits, or shredded coconut for added texture and flavor.
When making substitutions or replacements, remember that they may affect the blondies' taste, texture, and overall outcome.
ARE BLONDIES SUPPOSED TO BE GOOEY?
In my opinion, yes, gluten-free blondies should be gooey! That's part of their charm and deliciousness. If you prefer a dryer gluten-free blondie, cook them a few minutes longer than the recipe advises.
Why Are My Blondies Like Cake?
If your blondies are turning out more like cake rather than the desired chewy and dense texture, there could be a few reasons for this:
- Too much leavening agent - Blondies typically have a denser texture than cakes. Adding too much baking powder to the recipe can cause the blondies to rise excessively and become cake-like. Double-check the measurements and ensure you use the recommended leavening agent amount.
- Overmixing the Blondies batter - Mixing the dry and wet ingredients until just combined is important. Overmixing the batter can introduce more air into the mixture, resulting in a lighter and cake-like texture. Mix the ingredients until they are just incorporated to maintain the desired denseness.
- Incorrect flour ratio - The type and ratio of flour used can affect the texture of the blondies. Use the recommended type and amount of flour I have suggested. A flour blend with a higher starch content can create a more cake-like texture.
- Incorrect fat-to-flour ratio - Blondies typically contain a higher fat-to-flour ratio than cakes, contributing to their dense and chewy texture. Reducing the amount of fat or increasing the amount of flour in the recipe can result in a lighter and more cake-like texture. Double-check the ratios and ensure you are using the correct proportions.
- Overbaking - Blondies should be baked until golden brown on the top and set in the center. If you overbake them, they can become drier and more cake-like. Keep a close eye on the baking time and remove the blondies from the oven as soon as they are fully baked.
MORE GLUTEN-FREE COOKIES
Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies - Soft, tender bakery-style gluten-free sugar cookies with a sweet buttercream frosting. With this gluten-free sugar cookie recipe, you can make circle-shaped cookies or cutout sugar cookies. Sugar cookies are one of my favorite gluten-free cookies. You can enjoy them plain or with icing.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies - The best gluten-free chocolate chip cookies! With crunchy edges and a chewy center, no one can tell that these chocolate chip cookies are gluten-free. I've included in-process photos and tips so you are set up for success when making this gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipe. You can use my flour blend or a flour mix for these cookies.
Gluten-Free Lemon Cookies - One of our favorite, zesty gluten-free cookie recipes. Tender, soft, gluten-free lemon cookies are packed with bright lemon flavor and topped with a sweet and zesty lemon glaze. These cookies are super simple to make.
Gluten-Free Shortbread Cookies - You can enjoy these cookies year-round, although we tend to increase our batches for the holidays. These gluten-free cookies make great gifts. They are sturdy, crispy, cut-out cookies made with only 5 simple to find ingredients.
Gluten-Free Monster Cookies - Monster cookies are super colorful and full to make. They are almost what you'd call a kitchen sink cookie, in my opinion. Soft-baked and oh-so-delicious, these Gluten-Free Monster Cookies will disappear quickly. This recipe is simple, and you can add your favorite cookie add-ins.
Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cookies - You can add raisins or chocolate chips to this gluten-free cookie recipe or both! Crunchy, chewy, and oh-so-delicious, these Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cookies will disappear in no time. This recipe is simple and doesn't use expensive ingredients or labor-intensive steps.
- ½ cup butter, room temperature
- ¾ cup brown sugar, packed
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups gluten-free all purpose flour blend (I used Bob's Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten-Free Baking Flour)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ¼ cups white chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 8x8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper, letting the paper overhang on the sides. Spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until smooth and creamy, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add eggs and vanilla and mix for another 1-2 minutes.
- In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together gluten-free flour blend, baking powder, and salt until combined.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until combined.
- Stir in white chocolate chips.
- Scoop the dough into the prepared pan. Smooth with a spatula.
- Bake at 350F for 25-29 minutes, until the blondies are golden brown. Do not overbake for chewy blondies.
- Store blondies in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days. You can freeze for longer storage.
- You can swap out the white chocolate chips with semi-sweet, milk, or dark chocolate instead.
- This recipe makes 9 generously sized squares, but you can cut into smaller squares or triangles to serve a crowd.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 385Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 240mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 0gSugar: 40gProtein: 4g
This nutrition info is based on the exact ingredients and brands that I used a the time. It may not be 100% accurate. Please check your ingredients nutrition labels.
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