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Easy Pistachio Blondies Recipe

Ready in just 35 minutes, this blondies recipe will help you create chewy, buttery blondies packed with chocolate chips and pistachios.

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If you’re a fan of sweet treats, blondies are likely on your radar. These delectable dessert bars are a close cousin of brownies but offer a unique twist that sets them apart. My recipe is here to satisfy your sweet cravings and introduce you to the wonderful world of blondies.

What are blondies?

Originating from the United States in the 19th century, the blondie, often dubbed as the “blonde brownie”, is a rich, sweet dessert bar. It’s made from flour, brown sugar, butter, eggs, baking powder, and vanilla. But what sets it apart from its chocolatey cousin, the brownie, is its distinctive light colour and the absence of cocoa. Instead, blondies revel in their vanilla and caramel notes, offering a complex flavour profile that’s subtly sweet and utterly delectable.

Blondies vs Brownies

Both have chewy textures. However, blondies have a much lighter and softer taste than brownies. The ingredients used in brownies are where the two recipes diverge the most. Blondies use vanilla extract and brown sugar instead of cocoa powder to get their flavour, while brownies use chocolate and cocoa. In the blondies vs. brownies debate, there’s no clear winner; it all comes down to personal preference. So, if you’re looking for the best brownie recipe why not try my Giant Pan Brownie Cookie. And if you’re craving more sweet indulgence, explore my range of delectable treats here.

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Pistachios, Vanilla and White Chocolate: A Match Made in Heaven

With every square, you’ll savour the subtle sweetness of brown sugar, the luxurious buttery richness, and the delightful crunch of pistachios. It’s a harmonious fusion of flavours and textures that takes the classic blondie to new heights.
But the magic doesn’t stop there. Enter the world of creamy white chocolate, melting in your mouth, delivering an explosion of flavour that’s truly divine. Just when you think it can’t get any better, a pinch of salt steps in, enhancing these flavours and turning each bite into a taste sensation.
The pistachios provide a satisfying nutty crunch, a perfect counterbalance to the blondie’s soft, chewy texture. Meanwhile, the vanilla imparts a subtle sweetness, evoking a sense of nostalgia. But the true game-changer? White chocolate. Oh, the white chocolate! It elevates the richness and deepens the flavour, making this dessert absolutely irresistible.

Creating Perfect Pistachio Blondies 

This easy blondie recipe yields a batch of blondies that are chewy, buttery, and loaded with chocolate chips—a dessert lover’s dream come true. 

As always, if you try this recipe let us know how it goes! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag your photo #theculinarycartel on Instagram so we can see what you come up with.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do we slightly underbake?

Slight underbaking allows baked goods to reach the perfect level of doneness as they continue to cook briefly after being removed from the oven. This technique results in a desirable chewy and soft texture, prevents dryness, and contributes to longer freshness.

How long will these blondies stay fresh?

Properly stored in an airtight container, these blondies will stay fresh for up to 3-4 days at room temperature or up to a week in the refrigerator. 

Can I use a different type of nut instead of pistachios?

Definitely! You can use chopped almonds, walnuts, pecans, or any nut of your choice as a pistachio alternative!

Can I use salted butter instead of unsalted butter?

Yes, you can use salted butter, but adjust the added salt accordingly to maintain the desired balance of flavours.

Can I freeze these blondies for later?

Absolutely! Ensure they are well wrapped in plastic wrap or placed in an airtight container. Thaw at room temperature when you’re ready to enjoy them again.


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Easy Pistachio Blondies Recipe ​

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  • Author: Jess Bunn
  • Total Time: <35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 Blondies


Ready in just 35 minutes, this blondies recipe will help you create chewy, buttery blondies packed with chocolate chips and pistachios.


  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 100g light brown sugar
  • 50g white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 50g Pistachios chopped
  • 135g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 50g white chocolate, roughly chopped



  1. Butter a 24 x 18 cm baking tin and line with parchment paper. Gently melt the butter in a small, heavy-bottomed pan and set aside to cool slightly.
  2. Chop the pistachios, for texture I like to chop some very finely, and the others more chunky.
  3. Preheat your oven or air fryer as directed below.
  4. Whisk the eggs one at a time into the cooled melted butter, then add in the sugar and vanilla and whisk vigorously for 2-3 minutes until pale and fluffy.
  5. Add the pistachios, flour, baking powder, salt and white chocolate, then fold the mixture together with a silicon spatula, until just combined with no streaks of flour remaining. Don’t overmix.
  6. Tip the batter into your prepared baking tin, and place it into your preheated oven or air fryer.
  7. Air fryer: Preheat your air fryer to 145C and set the timer for 25-30 minutes
  8. Oven: Preheat your oven to 160C and bake for 25 minutes
  9. Bake until just set, but still gooey adjusting the time slightly to achieve a perfectly gooey result.
  10. Remove the blondies from the oven/air fryer and allow to cool completely.
  11. Turn the blondies out onto a board and cut them into squares. The blondies will keep for 5-7 days in an air-tight container.
  12. (I love eating these straight from the fridge where they get deliciously chewy and cold!)



This recipe can easily be doubled.

Oven: Simply add the batter to a larger baking sheet, allowing the batter to sit about 2cm deep. Adjust the cooking time as necessary. By a few minutes. The batter should be set, not liquid, but gooey.

Air fryer: Baking powder activates once your wet and dry ingredients are mixed. For this reason, it is better to make 2 separate mixes if you want to bake a double batch in your air fryer. Get the first batter to bake, and make the second when the bake time has 10 minutes to go.

  • Prep Time: 5 - 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Sweet Treats
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
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