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Boozy Blondies

boozy blondies

Boozy Blondies

Leigh Belanger and Rebecca Haley-Park
Bourbon is magic here—it keeps the bars from being too sweet, while macadamia nuts add welcome crunch.


  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 stick, melted, plus more for greasing pan
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts roughly chopped


  • Heat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch-square pan with butter, line with parchment paper (leave a slight overhang), then butter the paper. Set pan aside.
  • Whisk melted butter and brown sugar in a large bowl until smooth. Whisk in egg, vanilla, and bourbon. Stir in salt and flour until just combined. Fold in ¾ of the white chocolate chips and ¾ of the macadamia nuts.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and top with remaining choco-late chips and nuts. Bake until golden brown and set in the middle, about 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely before cutting.


Top these treats with sweet cream ice cream to make a blonde brownie sundae.

Rebecca Haley-Park

Rebecca Haley-Park is culture's former editor and resident stinky cheese cheerleader. A native New Englander, she holds a BFA in creative writing from University of Maine at Farmington.

Photographer Evi Abeler

Evi Abeler is a food and still life photographer based in New York City. She helps art directors, cookbook authors and designers to communicate the love, passion and thought that goes into every project and creates modern, yet classic images. Her clients in advertising, publishing, hospitality and retail include Food & Wine Magazine (which named her Digital Food Award Winner), Harper Collins Publishing and Whole Foods Markets.

Leigh Belanger

Leigh Belanger is culture's former food editor. She's been a food writer, editor, and project manager for over a decade— serving as program director for Chefs Collaborative and contributing to local newspapers and magazines. Her first book, The Boston Homegrown Cookbook, was published in 2012. She lives and cooks in Boston with her family.