Brown Butter Cinnamon Chip Blondies

Brown Butter Cinnamon Chip Blondies

Cinnamon is the best right now. Anyone agree? And with the warm flavors of brown butter, it’s even more of a life necessity.

In bars, to be specific. Soft, lovely blondies. If we’re talking dangerous, these squares of heaven are it.

Not that you should run away now. Come closer. Take a look!

Brown Butter Cinnamon Chip Blondies

This fall, I’ve been all about celebrating the flavors that make these months stand out. Sure, there’s pumpkin and apple, but there’s also butterscotch. And cinnamon! Seriously, in the autumn, there is no better spice. It’s everywhere, and we just forget how important it is.

In general, people are inclined to take things for granted. It’s only natural. That’s why I try Β really hard to be grateful for not just the material things in my life, like my iPad (oh, how I love you), but for the people as well.

Brown Butter Cinnamon Chip Blondies

Just in case I’ve never mentioned it, I’m married to the nicest, most patient man in the universe. Back when I was little, my dad used to tell me something like, “Never marry a man who won’t cross the desert just to get you a Coke.” Maybe I’m misquoting a bit. But the idea was, my dad wanted me to wind up with a guy who would go to any lengths to make me happy.

When I first started dating Kenny, I kept waiting for that thing to happen where about six months into being with a guy, they stop exerting themselves quite so much for you, and then it just keeps fading until the relationship loses that glow. Well, it never happened. I’ve known Kenny for half my life and our ten-year wedding anniversary is coming up this year. He’s never stopped treating me like a queen.

Brown Butter Cinnamon Chip Blondies

So you’d better bet that I’m grateful. I make a concerted effort never to take him for granted and to be the best wife ever. But yesterday I was kind of snappy, and he just took it with his usual good humor. How amazing is that? I wish I could be that cool.

Anyway, I try not to take anyone for granted. Not Kenny, not our children, not my family, not my friends, not fellow bloggers. We only do this once! Let’s do it up right, and with appreciation.

Brown Butter Cinnamon Chip Blondies

Boy, do I appreciate these bars. Enormously and endlessly. They’re comforting and full of cinnamon and brown buttery goodness. Plus, they’re full of cinnamon chips. If you can’t get them at the store, you can buy them online. I get them on Amazon, home of all shopping glee.

You won’t believe the softness of these guys. They have cornstarch in them, which makes them pillowy soft. Whatever you do, take the blondies out of the oven as indicated, or trust me, they won’t be as good. The key to a good blondie is underbaking them just a touch.

When you’re done, you’ll have a dessert you can appreciate. We should never take any delicious food for granted, starting with these bad boys!


Brown Butter Cinnamon Chip Blondies


2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 and 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup browned butter (method described below)
1 and 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup cinnamon chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line an 8-inch square pan with foil and coat with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, heat the butter on low-medium heat until it turns darker in color and becomes fragrant, about 12-15 minutes. Watch it carefully to be sure the butter doesn't burn. Turn off the heat and set aside to cool slightly.
  3. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  4. Mix the brown butter (be sure it's cool enough not to scramble the egg) and brown sugar until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and stir again. Pour in the dry mixture and combine until all ingredients are incorporated. Fold in the cinnamon chips.
  5. Pat the dough into the prepared pan. Bake 13-15 minutes until the edges are browned and the middle is set. Do not overcook!
  6. Cool completely and cut into squares. Store in an airtight container.



I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 32 Comments

  1. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    These slice beautifully! Lovely photos- pinning πŸ™‚
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    1. Mir

      It’s all about having a good chef’s knife, Medha!

  2. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    Your husband kind of sounds like mine. I always joke he’s so nice he makes me look like a b*&$%, haha!! πŸ™‚

    Love these – I don’t use enough cinnamon chips!
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    1. Mir

      Mine definitely makes me look like one, too. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one! Thanks, Dorothy!

  3. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I could bake with cinnamon all day, every day…it’s my favorite spice! These blondies sound amazing, Mir! Love the brown butter and cinnamon combo!
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    1. Mir

      I’m glad you like them, Gayle!

  4. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    ” He’s never stopped treating me like a queen.”. . I love that! That is just so sweet . . the Kennys in this world are few and far between so hang on tight and yes, be thankful because you’ve got a good one! and maybe give him the entire plate of these blondies! πŸ™‚ LOVE the cinnamon!!! yes, Cinnamon is the best right now!!!
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    1. Mir

      Good guys deserve to be appreciated, with blondies or otherwise! He’d probably be cool with a beer, so then I can eat all the blondies. Win-win!

  5. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Sounds like you have found yourself a keeper there, and he sounds exactly like my husband. It’s the way it should be, and I would do the exactly the same for Dave too.
    And cinnamon is going in everything at the moment. Literally, everything!
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    1. Mir

      I’m glad your guy is also a gem, Dannii!

  6. Jen | Baked by an Introvert

    If there’s brown butter in it, I’m all over it! And I love that you added cinnamon chips!

    Your husband sounds like a keeper! Mine told me I look dirty today! I’ve been going to the tanning bed…

    1. Mir

      Oh no! Although I’m sure it doesn’t look like dirt. You probably look great. Tell your husband to stop that!

  7. mira

    Love your LOVE story Mir! I’m so happy for you guys! And these blondies sound fantastic!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Mira! I did enjoy them. πŸ™‚

  8. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

    Aww, I love this post, Mir! Such sweet sentiment! And I’m with you, I think it’s important every once in a while and stop to remember to appreciate the small things and the people in our lives. It’s so easy to get caught up in life and not take a moment to just be grateful! Your husband sounds lovely, but then again, he’s got a pretty kick A$$ wife… so. πŸ˜‰ Okay, let’s talk blondies!! You KNOW I LOVE ‘EM! And these new babies look just divine! Cinnamon is BOMB during this time of year, but paired with brown butter and STUFFED into a blondie? I DIE. I totally want to devour my computer screen right now! You can bet your cute ‘lil self that I will be whipping these bad boys together over the weekend. Sharing with Boy optional. πŸ˜€ PINNED! Cheers, sweets!
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    1. Mir

      I’m glad it wasn’t chocolate just for you, Cheyanne! Thanks so much!

  9. Manali @ CookWithManali

    In my world Cinnamon is always the best! πŸ˜€ love these blondies Mir, I bet they were so good with that brown butter! Mmmm!!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Manali! The brown butter makes life better!

  10. heather @french press

    how have I never baked with cinnamon chips…I LOVE cinnamon! and man those bars are calling my name
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    1. Mir

      You must try them, Heather! They are such crack. I kid you not!

  11. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    These blondies look amazing Mir! I love cinnamon in everything, and usually put more then the recipes call for. I still haven’t seen cinnamon chips here though, but maybe we’ll get them eventually!
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    1. Mir

      Order them online, Stacey! They’re fantastic!

  12. Michele @ Alwayzbakin

    I agree! Cinnamon and brown butter is where it’s at girl! Yum meeee! These look so delicious. ;-D
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Michele! They’re a great combo.

  13. Kate @ Framed Cooks

    I am completely with you on cinnamon being the best of all the fall (and winter) tastes! These look wonderful (and your sweet hubby sounds wonderful too!)
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    1. Mir

      He’s pretty cool, Kate. πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  14. Amanda

    Browned butter makes everything better. It’s such a magical thing! And the cinnamon chips in here look rocking.
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    1. Mir

      It’s totally magical. I love it so much!

  15. Rachel @ Bakerita

    Mmm this is a whole bunch of DELICIOUSNESS! I’m never one to resist brown butter and cinnamon chips are so good. Your husband sounds so sweet!
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    1. Mir

      He’s pretty sweet, Rachel! And so are these bars. It’s a whole lotta good stuff!

  16. Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes)

    Oh girl these look absolutely sensational! I could use one of these right now!
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    1. Mir

      Boy, so could I, Jocelyn. If only there were any left!

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