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What's the difference between a blondie, a brownie, and a bar?

asked by keriwood about 2 years ago
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Waffle3
added about 2 years ago


Bars (and squares) are the class of cookies into which brownies fall. Brownies are dense, chewy, cake-like cookies. Blondies are butterscotch-flavored brownies.

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added about 2 years ago

By that definition, are people mislabeling a blondie if it does not contain butterscotch?

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hardlikearmour

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added about 2 years ago

The butterscotch flavor in blondies typically comes from brown sugar. Blondies are much like a bar form of chocolate chip cookies. If you add coconut to them, they become congo bars!

Waffle3
added about 2 years ago

To be precise, butterscotch is a combination of butter and brown sugar. I just checked Joy of Cooking which supports the definition of Blondie = butterscotch brownie. Pecans, chocolate chips and coconut are listed as optional ingredients.

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added about 2 years ago

I'd always considered a blonde to be a brownie without the cocoa content... It could have white choc in instead of usual... Butterscotch brownie makes sense - something new learnt! Thank you!

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added about 2 years ago

My experience with blondies has been more like what hardlikearmor mentioned: bar versions of chocolate chip cookies. Maybe chocolate is optional in traditional blondies, but I'm a huge fan of its inclusion.

Junechamp
ChefJune

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added about 2 years ago

mmmmmmmmmmm blondies! My favorite version (this week!) has bittersweet chocolate chips (Guittard) and dried tart cherries. ;)

Waffle3
added about 2 years ago

Oh, my, that does sound good!

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added about 2 years ago

Wow! Thanks everyone

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