The Best Chewy Vanilla Brownie Recipe

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This is the best chewy vanilla brownie recipe ever! Also known as blondies, this sweet dessert is buttery, chewy, moist, and full of vanilla flavor. It’s our favorite brownie recipe of all time. These gooey vanilla brownies are extremely easy to make using simple ingredients and a few steps.

So if you’re looking for an easy party dessert, make these mouth-watering, great vanilla brownies. Our step-by-step instructions produce deliciously fudgy brownies with a chewy texture … sure to delight your family and friends.

We’ve put together handy tips and answered some of your common questions about this brownie recipe.

best chewy vanilla brownie recipe

These brownies have the best chewy texture. They’re not caky at all. Instead, they’re gooey, and moist, and have the perfect crinkle top.

The vanilla flavor shines through and they are seriously the most buttery brownies ever. They don’t need any icing over the top because they are perfect as they are.

These rival classic chocolate brownies and they’ll be your favorite too!

How to Make Vanilla Brownies

These blondies are made with 8 simple ingredients. They’re easy to whip up and perfect for any occasion! Add sprinkles to make them colorful and festive or white chocolate chips for a chocolaty flavor.

Here’s what you’ll need: An 8×8 baking dish, medium mixing bowl, separate bowl, measuring cups and spoons, and hand mixer.  

Check out our baking tips to ensure these brownies turn out delicious!

ingredients to make vanilla brownies

Vanilla Brownie Ingredient Notes

Full recipe in the recipe card below.

Unsalted Butter – Butter is what makes these brownies chewy and flavorful. Use good quality unsalted butter. We use melted butter for this recipe.

Granulated Sugar – White sugar is used to sweeten the brownies.

Eggs – Eggs add structure and moisture to the brownies. This recipe uses one large egg and one egg yolk. This is just the right amount for a chewy brownie. Adding an extra egg yolk to the batter enables the batter to hold extra liquid and extra sugar.

Vanilla Extract – Use pure vanilla extract. Vanilla not only adds flavor to the brownies but also enhances the other flavors.

Baking Powder – Acts as a leavening agent for the brownies.

Cornstarch – This adds to the chewy texture of the brownies.

All-Purpose Flour – The structure of the brownies. We like to use King Arthur flour.

Salt – Enhances the flavor of all of the ingredients.

Sprinkles are optional but are perfect for adding color to these brownies.

mixing dry ingredients with wet ingredients to make vanilla brownies

Directions

Heat the oven to 350°F.

Prepare an 8×8 baking dish with butter or vegetable oil and parchment paper.

Combine the dry ingredients, flour, baking powder, salt, and cornstarch.

In a mixing bowl whisk together melted butter, eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract until combined.

Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.

Pour into the prepared baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes until the middle has risen, the sides or puffy, and the tops are golden brown.

the best vanilla brownies on a marble table

Tips for Making Vanilla Brownies

  • Always use good quality, whole ingredients.
  • Do not over-mix the brownie batter, gently fold just until combined.
  • Check the date on all the ingredients to ensure freshness.

Recipe Variations 

Once you’ve mastered these easy homemade brownies by following our simple recipe, why not mix things up with some tasty recipe variations?

Try adding any of the following, according to your taste:

  • White chocolate chips
  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Milk chocolate chips
  • Almond extract
  • Sprinkles

Alternatively, increase the amount of vanilla for stronger-tasting triple vanilla brownies.

Recipe Toppings

There are many exciting toppings to further personalize the easy blondie recipe to your preferences, such as:

  • Flavored frosting
  • Cream cheese
  • Vanilla frosting
  • Melted chocolate
  • Sprinkles

You can enjoy your brownies alone or serve them with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream for a sumptuous treat.

gooey vanilla brownies

How to Prepare a Brownie Pan

A square pan is best for making brownies, as you can slice your finished treats with ease.

Take your glass pan or metal pan and line it well with parchment paper. The lined pan is to prevent the brownie batter from sticking.  

Use cooking spray, vegetable oil, or butter to grease the pan. Grease the bottom and sides.

How to Store Vanilla Brownies

Once cooled, you can easily store your brownies in an airtight container at room temperature. If properly sealed, your brownies should keep fresh for up to four days. You can also wrap your brownies in plastic wrap for added freshness. 

If you want your delicious brownies to last even longer, simply pop the container in the fridge. Refrigerated brownies should last for up to a week.

You can also freeze your brownies to enjoy them for longer.

chewy vanilla brownie with sprinkles

Freezing Vanilla Brownies

It’s easy to freeze your freshly baked vanilla brownies; simply pop your cooled brownies in a freezer bag and make sure nothing will squash them in your freezer.

You can also freeze brownies that have topping but make sure you wait for any frosting or other toppings to fully cool and set before freezing. If you want to freeze your frosted brownies in layers, it’s recommended to separate each layer to prevent your blondies from sticking together.

Aluminum foil is a great way to separate your brownie layers.  

To defrost your brownies, simply remove them from the container, place on a plate and leave them at room temperature for three to four hours. For a quicker thaw, you can also microwave them.

the best vanilla brownies on pink plates

When to Serve Vanilla Brownies

This is a classic dessert that can be served and altered to any occasion, event or holiday. Here are some of our favorite celebrations to serve them:

Baby Shower Or Bridal Shower

Brunch

Pool Party 

Birthday Party it’s also perfect for a last-minute birthday party!

Carnival Party

Garden Party 

Tropical Party

Cookies and Cocktail Party

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Vanilla Brownies?

Vanilla brownies, also known as vanilla blondies, are a sweet delectable treat! A pale dessert bar, vanilla brownies look similar to regular chocolate brownies, apart from the lighter color.
Instead of cocoa, blonde brownies use vanilla. Other ingredients are, however, largely similar to those used to make a regular chocolate brownie. 

What Do Vanilla Brownies Taste Like? 

As the name suggests, vanilla brownies have a rich vanilla flavor. Granulated sugar creates a satisfying sweetness that perfectly complements the vanilla. Our great recipe produces some of the best brownies you’ll ever have tasted! 

What Is the Difference Between a Brownie and a Blondie?

Although similar, brownies and blondies are different types of cake-like dessert bars.
Typical brownie recipes use cocoa, whereas a vanilla brownies recipe uses vanilla.
White vanilla blondies differ from white chocolate brownies in that the latter still use coco along with white chocolate chips.

What Makes a Brownie Fudgy?

A higher fat content creates brownies that are fudgy. Essentially, you should have a greater fat-to-flour ratio if you prefer a fudgy texture.

How Long Do Vanilla Brownies Stay Fresh?  

If stored correctly, vanilla brownies can stay fresh for three to four days in an airtight container at room temperature. In a fridge, vanilla blondies can retain their freshness for between five and seven days. 

Do I Need Eggs for Brownies?

Eggs are a vital ingredient for making the best brownies.  
Eggs enhance the moisture content of the batter. If the batter is too dry, the end result is crumbly brownies. Eggs also provide air, which helps to produce the correct texture.

vanilla blondies stacked

How Many Brownies Does This Recipe Make?

Depending on how you cut these brownies, you’ll get 9 to 12 tasty brownies from this awesome recipe.

What does cornstarch do in baked goods?

Cornstarch helps create a tender texture in desserts. When combined with flour it can soften harsh proteins, making a more tender baked good. 

Commercially, cornstarch is often used as an anti-caking agent.

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Vanilla Brownie

This is the best chewy vanilla brownie recipe ever! Also known as blondies, this sweet dessert is buttery, chewy, moist, and full of vanilla flavor. It’s our favorite brownie recipe of all time.
5 from 13 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
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Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 brownies
Calories: 263kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups granulatd sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 350°F.
  • Prepare an 8×8 baking dish with butter or vegetable oil and parchment paper.
  • Combine the dry ingredients, flour, baking powder, salt, and cornstarch.
    ingredients to make blondies
  • In a mixing bowl whisk together melted butter, eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract until combined.
    mixing eggs, butter and sugar
  • Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
    mixing dry ingredients with wet ingredients to make vanilla brownies
  • Pour into the prepared baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes until the middle has risen, the sides or puffy and the tops are golden brown.
    prepared baking pan
  • Let the brownies cool, then cut them into squares.
    the best vanilla brownies on a marble table

Notes

Baking times will vary depending on the true oven temperature, location, and more.
Use good quality ingredients when baking and check the freshness of the ingredients too.
Once cooled, you can easily store your brownies in an airtight container at room temperature. If properly sealed, your brownies should keep fresh for up to four days. You can also wrap your brownies in plastic wrap for added freshness. 

Nutrition

Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 196mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 397IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
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8 thoughts on “The Best Chewy Vanilla Brownie Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    Just wondering. Do these need to be refrigerated? Making some for Christmas and wanted to keep in a cookie jar. I have a little cookie table I have set up for the month.

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    • They don’t have to be, but they will stay fresher if they are. They won’t last a month in a cookie jar at room temperature though, only a few days.

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  2. You mentioned dark brown sugar in your post, but only white sugar in the ingredient list. Which is it? Or were you just giving an option to use brown?

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  3. 5 stars
    I used to think fudgy brownies were my favorite until I tried this vanilla blondie recipe! It’s thick, chewy and almost reminds me of that classic cake batter flavor. We added sprinkles to ours which made them so fun and festive!

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  4. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!

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