5 from 12 votes
Butter Pecan Blondies
Butter Pecan Blondies
Prep Time
16 mins
Cook Time
24 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Blondies loaded with pecans and topped with a Maple Cream Cheese Frosting.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 9
Calories: 364 kcal
Author: Kelly Anthony
For the Butter Pecan Blondies
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
  • 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoon light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch chips (optional)
Maple Cream Cheese Frosting and Extra Toppings (OPTIONAL)
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped toffee bits (optional)
  • 2-3 tablespoons store-bought salted caramel topping (optional)
For the Butter Pecan Blondies
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and have ready a greased 8"x8" baking dish.

  2. To brown the butter (optional step), add butter to a small saucepan over medium heat and cook 5-7 minutes, stirring often. The butter is ready when it becomes caramel-like color and has a nutty fragrance. Place a fine-mesh sieve over a bowl and strain the butter. Set aside to cool slightly.

  3. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.

  4. Add 3/4 cup of melted, browned butter to a large mixing bowl, along with the brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg, yolk, and vanilla. Whisk to combine. Add the dry ingredients, and stir until just combined. Add pecans and butterscotch chips (if using) and stir until evenly incorporated.

  5. Bake for 25 minutes and allow to cool.

For Maple Buttercream Icing and Topping (OPTIONAL)
  1. Allow the blondies to cool completely before icing.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar. If you do not have a stand mixer, use a large mixing bowl and a handheld mixer. Begin mixing on low speed, until most of the powdered sugar is mixed in, then increase the speed to medium-high. Mix until well-combined.

  3. Add the salt, extract and desired amount of food coloring (if using), and mix once more.

  4. Spread the icing evenly across the blondies, and sprinkle with pecans and toffee, then drizzle with caramel sauce. Cut into squares, serve, and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

Note, the amount of butter in the ingredient list does not match the amount of butter called for in the instructions. This is because if you are making brown butter, the butter is likely to reduce while simmering on the stovetop, so starting out with a higher quantity than needed is necessary.

Nutrition Facts
Butter Pecan Blondies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 364 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 94mg31%
Sodium 272mg12%
Potassium 113mg3%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 685IU14%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.