Browned Butter M & M Blondies

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Browned Butter M & M Blondies

Welcome to day two of my browned butter week! If you missed day one, check out these browned butter toffee cinnamon rolls. They’re pretty fetch.

Yes, I just used slang from somewhere in the 90s. Don’t hate. Perhaps these browned butter M & M blondies will get you back on my side?

In a few days, Passover begins, and if you aren’t really familiar, it’s like the biggest holiday you can think of on steroids. The food is different, you have to use different dishes, and the spring cleaning involved is insane. Example: me behind the fridge with a toothbrush and a lot of cleaning fluid.

Browned Butter M & M Blondies

For those of you who are looking for Passover dessert recipes, check out my Passover edition category on this blog. And if you’d like more, I’ll be posting three more dessert recipes for the holiday next week! They have no flour and they actually taste really good. So stay tuned!

Browned Butter M & M Blondies

But while I’m immersed in prepping for this insane holiday, I am not very fun to talk to. It’s one too many nights cleaning out all my cabinets (which yes, are very messy) and of convincing my hoarder son that no, he really doesn’t need to keep every cereal box prize he’s ever broken. Maybe just keep the ones that work? If that actually ever happens?

Browned Butter M & M Blondies

These blondies will keep me sane, that’s for sure. They’re made with browned butter, of course. And all the other ingredients get mixed in by hand. It’s pretty easy! And what could be better than adding M & Ms? That’s always a good decision.

Browned Butter M & M Blondies

In case you’re wondering what all this browned butter hoopla is since you’ve never made browned butter, you need to try it. It’s pretty easy, requires no special equipment, and tastes like angels are singing. That’s by itself. When you add browned butter as an ingredient to anything, the entire baked good turns into something that somehow has stayed legal in this country.

Browned Butter M & M Blondies

As I scramble to get ready for Passover and prep some wonderful treats for you next week, enjoy the rest of browned butter week here on JAB. And if you’ve never browned butter, try it. It’s a lot easier than cooking for an eight-day holiday that has weird food rules!


Browned Butter M & M Blondies


2/3 cup unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 and 1/2 cups flour
1 cup mini M & Ms


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line an 8-in. square pan with foil, leaving enough to hang over the sides, and coat with cooking spray.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Turn the heat down to medium-low and continue to let it cook, swirling the butter often, until it becomes golden in color and fragrant (about 10-12 minutes). Remove from the heat.
  3. Mix the browned butter with both sugars, stirring until smooth. Add the egg, vanilla and lemon juice, stirring again. Add the dry ingredients and mix until everything is incorporated. Fold in the M & Ms.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and even out the top with a spaturla. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden. Do not overbake.
  5. Cut into squares and serve. 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.

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  1. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg

    Mir – I hope you survive Passover and all of your cleaning tasks. I can imagine that this is a very stressful time of year. Although I’m not Jewish, I can get down with some Charoset and Matzo. These Browned Butter M & M Blondies are amazing. They’re so creative and colorful.
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Erin! You are pretty hilarious. I’m not so down with Passover food, but I don’t have a choice. Might as well make the best of it!

  2. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I’ve got to try baking with browned butter! Your recipes look amazing, Mir! I love blondies and these M&M ones look fantastic. Such a great Wednesday treat!
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    1. Mir

      Or any day, of course, Gayle! Thanks!

  3. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Fetch. . LOL! love these browned butter blondies!!!! and happy early Passover .. can’t wait to see what’s in store next week!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Alice! I’ll be baking up a storm for the next week!

  4. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I think you could put M&Ms in pretty much anything and I would love it. There is just something about the, that i can’t resist.
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    1. Mir

      I think there’s some kind of addictive drug in M & Ms. I don’t know that many people who can stop eating them!

  5. Rachelle

    I have always been fascinated with Passover and at the same time not so jealous of all the work involved! Yay for more browned butter goodies and M&M Blondies! Dude, that’s so fly.
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    1. Mir

      I guess it is fascinating, but it’s also an obscene amount of hard work. I’m always glad when the hard part is over and I can sort of relax. And thanks! I like to think I’m fly. 😉

  6. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    Those look so good Mir! Love the M&M’s, and of course, the browned butter!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Stacey! I love them too. Such a happy candy choice!

  7. Ami@NaiveCookCooks

    I just love how browned butter makes everything much much better!! Yummy looking blondies!
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    1. Mir

      It’s like magic! Golden, buttery magic. I’m a big fan, Ami!

  8. Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze

    I love browned butter. At first I was on the fence about it, but then I made something with brown butter and I was sold. I am a huge lover of bars and these look delicious! I need to make these asap! 😉
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    1. Mir

      I’m so glad you decided in favor! Once you start, it’s hard to stop…

  9. Danielle

    You’re inspiring me to start trying to use browned butter in desserts. These look so delicious, Mir!
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    1. Mir

      Oh yay, Danielle! You’d do amazing things with it, I know!

  10. mira

    Hmmm Holidays are always stressful Mir! Not fun, when you have so much stuff do do! But these blondies look amazing! Need to experiment with browned butter more 🙂
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Mira! I am definitely feeling stressed, but I do enjoy all the baking!

  11. Lisa @ Wine & Glue

    Ummm, I think I would TOTALLY fail at Passover. And seriously, what is it about kids and hoarding the worst tiny toys ever?? These blondies look so awesome!! You can totally see the browned butter deliciousness in them!
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    1. Mir

      I know! They break all their toys and still want to keep them. Madness! You wouldn’t fail at Passover, Lisa. But it’s a challenge!

  12. Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel

    You hit my sweet tooth with this. I love m&ms and actually only got into loving them a couple years ago. Mostly i have it with trail mix but baking with them is even better. And you did an amazing job!
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    1. Mir

      Trail mix is the best! But I’ll take them in anything, Kelsey! Glad you’re a fan.

  13. Manali @ CookWithManali

    Yum! Brown butter, M&MS..I need these blondies in my life!!
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    1. Mir

      So true, Manali!

  14. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    Ugh I haven’t had m&ms in like a year and these look ridiculously delicious! I”m totally going to have to make these for a friend and then silently resent them as they devour them 🙂 So yum!
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    1. Mir

      I’m really sorry, Medha, because we both know they’re delicious. Still, your friend will love you!

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