Vanilla Brownies are such a delicious change to the regular brownie and not a hint of cocoa powder. They still have that chewy texture like you would come to expect but this vanilla brownie recipe has it tasting almost like wedding cake. The hint of almond that I add really sets it off and has everyone coming back for more!
I love mixing up textures and so have some pecans and chocolate chips throughout the brownies.
It's an easy recipe that just requires melting the butter and chocolate then mixing the remaining ingredients together and baking.
This vanilla brownie recipe was inspired by my Snickers Bar Brownies that became so popular recently.
- Unsalted Butter
- White Chocolate Chips
- All Purpose Flour
- White Sugar
- Chopped Pecans
- Clear Vanilla Extract
- Almond Extract
- Sea Salt
- Large Eggs
- Powdered Sugar
See recipe card at the bottom of the post for quantities.
- Step 1: Add the unsalted butter and most of the chocolate chips to a small saucepan and over a low heat melt the butter and most of the chocolate chips stirring with a wooden spoon. You can use a double boiler if you feel it safer.
- Step 2: Take the reserved chocolate chips and throw them into the mix after you have turned off the heat.
- Step 3: Transfer the melted butter and chocolate to a large mixing bowl and add the flour, sugar, pecans, clear vanilla, almond extract, salt and eggs and mix well on low speed.
- Step 4: Spread the brownie batter into a prepared pan - a 13x9" Baking Dish greased with cooking spray - and cook in a preheated oven for 30 minutes. After the cook time place the pan on a wire rack to cool.
- Step 5: After the brownies have cooled add the powdered sugar, vanilla, butter and milk to a medium mixing bowl and using a whisk beat until smooth.
- Step 6: Add more milk a little at a time until you get a good smooth spreadable consistency.
- Step 7: Spread the glaze all over the top of the vanilla brownies evenly.
- Step 8: Cut evenly into 12 squares and serve.
🔄 Substitutions and Variations
- Walnuts - instead of pecans you could try walnuts, or omit the nuts altogether.
- Vanilla Extract - if you don't have or can't get Clear Vanilla Extract, don't worry too much. It's more a visual thing than anything. Using the darker extract will give it a slight darker color.
- Smoother - if you prefer a smoother brownie without all the texture you could leave out the pecans (or grind them up finer) and melt the chocolate chips completely.
- Taller - make these vanilla brownies taller by cooking in an 8x8" (or 9x9) square pan instead. You'll have to adjust the bake time by about 10-15 minutes more. Check with a toothpick.
- Color - Add some food color to the glaze for a pop of color.
- Ice Cream - add a scoop when serving.
- Cookie Bars - you could cut them into bar shapes.
See this sizzling brownie recipe also on my website!
Hint: If you are making these vanilla brownies for a special occasion you could easily 'fancy them up' by adding sprinkles after you glaze the brownies (and while the glaze is still wet). See below, I turned them into Easter Brownies (or Easter Blondies)! A simple recipe can be turned into something special very easily. That's the best part about this recipe.
See my other Easter recipe here: Buttercream Easter Eggs.
If you don't have a stand mixer, it's ok. Using a hand mixer will be fine. You can even mix by hand with a whisk if you don't mind the work. It should only take a minute or so to get it all mixed.
Cook in a 13x9" Baking Dish (or Casserole Dish). If you prefer a thicker brownie you could also cook in an 8x8" dish.
You'll also need a small saucepan for melting the white chocolate chips and butter.
See below in my recipe card for helps with Amazon links.
🧁 More Brownie Recipes
- Brownie Bites
- Birthday Brownies
- Banana Brownies
- Snickers Bar Brownies
- Banana Pudding Brownies
- Sizzling Brownie
These brownies can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container and will be good for up to 1 week.
They will freeze well, but you will want to glaze them after you thaw them. Don't freeze with the glaze.
💡 Top tip
Expert Tip: Give these vanilla brownies a sprinkle of salt for a sweet and salty experience.
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- ½ Cup Butter, unsalted
- 1 (12oz) Bag White Chocolate Chips
- 1-¼ Cups All Purpose Flour
- ¾ Cup Granulated Sugar
- ¼ Cup Chopped Pecans
- 1 Teaspoon Clear Vanilla Extract
- ¼ Teaspoon Almond Extract
- ¼ Teaspoon Salt
- 3 Large Eggs
- 1-½ Cups Powdered Sugar
- 3 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, softened
- ½ Teaspoon Clear Vanilla Extract
- 1-2 Teaspoons Milk
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 13x9 inch pan.
- In a saucepan over low-medium heat melt the butter and most of the white chocolate chips (keep a handful to the side for the next step).
- Once the butter has melted and the chocolate chips are mostly melted remove from the heat and keep stirring.
- Add the reserved chocolate chips and stir in to the rest.
- Add this mixture to a large mixing bowl and add the flour, sugar, pecans, clear vanilla, almond extract, salt and eggs. Mix until combined.
- Pour batter into the greased baking dish and spread out evenly.
- Bake uncovered for about 30 minutes, until the outsides have started to brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
- In a medium mixing bowl add the powdered sugar, softened butter, clear vanilla and milk until you have the right consistency for a glaze. You should be able to spread it on.
- Using a spatula spread the glaze on top of the brownies, evenly.
- Cut into squares and serve.
These vanilla brownies (vanilla blondies) are really easy to dress up for any occasion. Just add seasonal sprinkles!
If you're afraid the brownies might stick feel free to line the dish with parchment paper or aluminum foil. I didn't have any issues, greasing the pan worked fine.
If you prepare these vanilla brownies ahead of a function cover the brownies with plastic wrap before you glaze them. Then you can make/apply the glaze fresh as you need.
These vanilla brownies have also been referred to as white chocolate brownies and blondie brownies.
See my Banana Pudding Brownies Recipe in below video.
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Nutrition InformationYield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 419Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 75mgSodium 68mgCarbohydrates 65gFiber 1gSugar 33gProtein 6g