Raspberry Blondies

Raspberry Blondies - chewy blondies with fresh raspberries in the batter! My brain and body are so confused. It’s August, it’s hot and humid. I’m sun burnt and we’re eating ice cream on the daily. Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries are lining the grocery store shelves.. yet I just made my first apple pie of the season.

I’m the crazy lady buying bags and bags of apples at the store while everyone else is buying containers of berries. I even sent Ryan out to buy a bag or two because when you’re making apple pie, you need a lot of apples.

Raspberry Blondies - chewy blondies with fresh raspberries in the batter! Even though my kitchen is transforming into an apple orchard, we still have a whole month’s worth of summer recipes stocked up and ready to share. I gotta get my mind off of apple pie (because you’re not ready for fall yet, either!) and I need to keep dreaming of berries!

No complaints here! I could easily list all of the things I love about summer. And if I had to pick one season to live in FOREVER, it’d be summer. I’m going to take a cue from today’s recipe, slow down and just enjoy summer! And all of the berries that come with it :)

Raspberry Blondies - chewy blondies with fresh raspberries in the batter! A few notes about the recipe – raspberries contain a lot of water, so they can potentially make your blondies more doughy and a bit under-baked. If you like doughy cookies or brownies then you’ll probably like the consistency of these blondies, but if you like your blondies to be more baked, bake them for a longer amount of time. Or instead of putting whole raspberries into the dough, break the raspberries apart and scatter the pieces evenly in the dough. But one thing’s for sure, the sweet and tart combo are good together!

Raspberry Blondies

Yield: one 8x8 inch pan

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup raspberries

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. Butter an 8 inch square baking dish.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the melted butter and brown sugar.
  4. Add in the eggs and vanilla, and mix.
  5. Fold in the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and flour.
  6. Gently fold in the raspberries. Some of the berries may break apart.
  7. Spread the batter evenly in the pan, it will be thick.
  8. Bake for 40-50 minutes. They may need more time baking due to the excess water from the raspberries.

37 Responses to “Raspberry Blondies”

  1. Melissa — August 3, 2015 at 6:47 am

    Believe it or not, we will start to pick apples here on our farm next week. Crazy but true. I love raspberries and these bars look so good.

    • Beth @ The First Year — August 3, 2015 at 7:06 pm

      I am somewhat ready for apple season.. I think :)

  2. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — August 3, 2015 at 7:03 am

    You know what is crazy?! I have NEVER had a blondie. I KNOW RIGHT, I am totally missing out!
    I love that you added raspberry to these…I want them for breakfast! Pinned!

    • Beth @ The First Year — August 4, 2015 at 6:54 am

      What girl?! Time to make a paleo version!!!

  3. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — August 3, 2015 at 7:05 am

    I do love a good under baked blondie!!!  And one with raspberries sounds perfect!!!!  I’m with you on not rushing summer out the door…although fall is my favorite, so I can’t wait for pumpkin and apple everything!

    • Beth @ The First Year — August 3, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      Could we enjoy pumpkin and apple baked goodies while it’s still warm out? That would be ideal in my world :)

  4. Marye — August 3, 2015 at 7:44 am

    Raspberry blondies, such a great idea and these look amazing!

    • Beth @ The First Year — August 3, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      Thanks Marye!

  5. Beth, these look wonderful … we love raspberries.  We have an apple tree that is loaded this year and I’m getting apples on the brain too!

    • Beth @ The First Year — August 3, 2015 at 7:12 pm

      The apple recipes will come out in full force!

  6. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats — August 3, 2015 at 8:13 am

    haha.. I totally understand! Its hot here almost year round so wearing scarfs and boots when its still like 70 out is strange to me! 

    These blondies look gorgeous especially with those raspberries on top!

    • Beth @ The First Year — August 3, 2015 at 7:11 pm

      Whoa, it would be so strange living in a place where it’s always warm!!

  7. Kristine | Kristine's Kitchen — August 3, 2015 at 8:32 am

    I’d like to dive right into a plate of these blondies! I love how soft and chewy they look! What a fun way to enjoy raspberries!

    • Beth @ The First Year — August 4, 2015 at 6:53 am

      Maybe even those who don’t like raspberries will like these blondies!!

  8. Stephanie — August 3, 2015 at 8:58 am

    I love blondies! These look so yummy!

  9. Tasha @thatssoyummy — August 3, 2015 at 9:26 am

    These blondies look sinfully yummy!

  10. Karina — August 3, 2015 at 9:34 am

    These look so yummy! Do you think they will work well with frozen raspberries as well? Thanks for sharing :)

    • Beth @ The First Year — August 3, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      Hi Karina! I’m not sure how frozen raspberries would fare.. maybe if you thawed them first!

  11. Danae @ Recipe Runner — August 3, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Girl you are on top of things! I wish I could get as ahead as you are. These blondies look so good! I love the tart raspberries added in, such a great addition!

    • Beth @ The First Year — August 3, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      I’m a planner, for sure!!

  12. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — August 3, 2015 at 11:18 am

    I always love blondies but the addition of the fresh raspberries is perfect! I would love one of these for an afternoon snack!

    • Beth @ The First Year — August 3, 2015 at 7:09 pm

      And also an after dinner snack, right?!

  13. Medha @ Whisk & Shout — August 3, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    These look delicious! I love blondies and baking with raspberries, so this is a double win for me :)

    • Beth @ The First Year — August 3, 2015 at 7:09 pm

      double double!!

  14. Justine | Cooking and Beer — August 3, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    O.M.GOODNESS these blondies look so ooey, gooey, and delicious! PInning! P.S. I adore this photos. <3

    • Beth @ The First Year — August 3, 2015 at 7:09 pm

      YAY! Thanks Justine!

  15. Jess @ Sweetest Menu — August 3, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    There’s only one way to make a blondie even better and that’s by adding gorgeous raspberries! These are beautiful Beth! 

    • Beth @ The First Year — August 3, 2015 at 7:09 pm

      Amen sister!

  16. YUM! These are beautiful and the flavors are jumping off the screen! Delish!

    • Beth @ The First Year — August 3, 2015 at 7:10 pm

      Thanks friend!!

  17. Mary @chattavore — August 4, 2015 at 8:56 am

    YUM. Raspberry bar cookies? Yes please!!!

  18. Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze — August 4, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    I am seriously drooling over these delicious looking blondies. Blondies, bars and brownies are my weakness. I love any and all kinds, but this raspberry blondie is screaming my name! Gorgeous photos as always Beth! You are seriously one talented person. I wished we lived closer so I could beg you to teach me your tricks. Hehe!! :) 

  19. Beautiful bars!  I love all things berry during Summer but hear ya on planning ahead for fall and cooler weather, it’s been SO hot in WI too!

  20. Kelly - Life Made Sweeter — August 6, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Summer is my favorite too with all its fresh berries! These are the perfect way showcase them. Love that you added raspberries to blondies. They look gorgeous!

  21. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — August 6, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    I love a good under-baked blondie! These would disappear in a hurry at our house!

  22. Karina — February 20, 2016 at 11:07 am

    I’ve made these twice now, and both times they have been delicious! The brown sugar and the raspberries go really well together, and so easy to make!

    • Beth @ The First Year — February 23, 2016 at 7:24 pm

      Woohoo!! So glad you enjoyed them!

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