Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 25 minutes
It's summertime, which means America's birthday, fireworks, celebrations, and most importantly, patriotic desserts.
One of our favorite desserts in my house is blondies. These are essentially blonde brownies (hence the name). If you like brownies, you will fall in love with them. They're rich, chewy, and will melt in your mouth. If you're someone who always buys boxed desserts, you'll never want to do that again once you try this recipe.
The twist to give these a patriotic theme of red, white, and blue is to simply divide the batter into 3 bowls. However, make sure there's a little extra batter in one of the bowls. Add some red food coloring to one bowl, blue food coloring to another, and leave the other third as is. Pretty easy, right?
As a friendly reminder, leave your butter out of the fridge for at least 30-60 minutes before starting. You can thank me later! But here's a quick tip if you forget. (I still forget sometimes.)
🇺🇸 2 cups all-purpose flour, spoon and leveled
🇺🇸 1 teaspoon baking soda
🇺🇸 1 teaspoon salt
🇺🇸 1 stick + 3 tablespoons butter, room temperature
🇺🇸 1/2 cup white sugar
🇺🇸 1 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
🇺🇸 2 large eggs
🇺🇸 2 teaspoons rum, or vanilla extract
🇺🇸 1/2 cup red, white and blue sprinkles
🇺🇸 1/2 cup red, white, and blue M&M's
🇺🇸 2 drops red gel food coloring
🇺🇸 2 drops blue gel food coloring
Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease a square 9" brownie pan.
In your stand mixer bowl, add in your softened butter and beat it with the paddle attachment for about one minute until light and fluffy. Add in your sugar and mix to combine.
Add in your eggs and rum and mix until fully incorporated. Next, add in the flour, baking soda, and salt and mix to combine. Make sure not to over mix.
Divide the batter into 3 bowls. Making sure it's pretty even in all 3 bowls, except leaving a little extra in one of the bowls. Take the bowl that has a little extra batter and set aside.
In the other two bowls add a couple of drops of red food coloring to one of them and a couple of drops of blue food coloring to the other one. It's always best to start with less food coloring and then see if you need more after that. I used 2 drops of the gel food coloring and I was satisfied with the color, but feel free to add more or fewer drops until you get the color you want.
Add about 1/3 of the sprinkles into the bowl with the red food coloring, then another 1/3 into the bowl with the blue food coloring. Add the rest of the sprinkles into the vanilla bowl. Mix each to combine.
Add the blondies dough into your brownie pan starting with the brown-is color one, and then dollop the blue and red colored ones around. With an offset spatula, smooth out the top.
Bake them for 20-25 minutes. Allow them to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, and then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Tips and Tricks
If you prefer to make this recipe dairy-free, use 1/2 cup of neutral-flavored oil like vegetable or canola oil instead of butter, and omit the M&M's. You can also use coconut oil or margarine if you prefer that.
If you prefer to not use food coloring at all, you can always use freeze-dried fruit to get the colors. Freeze-dried strawberries or raspberries are perfect to get that red color, and freeze-dried blueberries are perfect to get the blue color.
If you don't have rum in your pantry, that's perfectly fine. Vanilla extract does the trick. I like to use spiced rum because I feel like it adds a little extra kick to the blondies, but feel free to use whatever flavoring you have on hand.
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