Dense, chewy and ultra-rich, blondies are the perfect decadent treat. These Macadamia Caramel Blondies are out of this world and totally swoon-worthy.

Bars, in general, are a wonderful treat for fetes, bake sales and picnics because once they cool in the tin, you just cut them up into individual servings. No waste, no fuss. They’re easily portable and hold up perfectly in Summer or Winter without the need for refrigeration.

A stack of 2 blondies on a white board with others in the background

These blondies turn out a bit chewy with streaks of caramel running through it like little delicious gold streaks. The crunch of the macadamias amongst all that soft chewiness makes them all the more satisfying to bite into.

What are blondies?

Blondies are basically brownies without cocoa. Blondies are normally dense and chewy and are made the same way as brownies though their flavour tends to lean more towards caramel as opposed to a cocoa flavour.

How to make Blondies

The great thing about blondies is they are so easy to make.

Collage of 2 photos showing Caramels and cream in a saucepan, melted to make caramel sauce

For this blondie recipe, start by making the super simple caramel sauce. Just some store bought soft caramels (I use Werther’s chewy caramels) and some cream in a saucepan (photo 1), then heat them together over low, stirring until it becomes a smooth caramel sauce (photo 2).

Collage of 2 photos showing how to mix blondie batter in a glass bowl - dry ingredients whisked together, then melted butter is added.

For the blondie batter, just mix together flour and sugar (photo 3), then add some melted butter (photo 4).

Collage showing blondie batter being made in a glass bowl - eggs are added, then nuts and caramel mixed in.

Next, add eggs (photo 5) followed by macadamias and caramel sauce (photo 6).

Collage showing blondie batter in a square baking tin, then topping it with caramel and macadamias

Pour the batter into a prepared 8 inch square baking tin (photo 7), then sprinkle the top with more macadamias and drizzle over the remaining caramel sauce (photo 8). The blondies bake for around 30 minutes.

 

A stack of 3 caramel blondies on a white board, 2 more in the foreground.

Substitutions

Blondies are great for making substitutions as the batter can be used with so many different flavours.

  • Nuts: try any nuts you prefer. Maybe cashews, pecans, peanuts, walnuts, almonds – any would work.
  • Caramel: If you don’t feel like making caramel, swirl through some peanut butter.
  • Other addins: Swap the nuts out altogether and use chocolate chips or dried fruit instead.

Can you freeze blondies

Yes, most varieties of blondies, including these ones can be frozen very successfully. Make sure they’re in an airtight container and eat them up within 3 months.

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Caramel blondies lined up on a white board

There are so many opportunities where these Macadamia Caramel Blondies would shine. Picnics, fetes, kids parties, when unexpected guests arrive – even for a decadent dessert.  These can be on the table warm with a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream in under an hour. 

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Two blondies stacked on top of each other

Macadamia Caramel Blondies

5 from 4 votes
Easy to make blondies are just what you need right now. These Macadamia Caramel Blondies combine a simple caramel sauce and macadamias so they’re bursting with flavour

Ingredients

  • 22 store-bought chewy caramels
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons heavy cream (notes)
  • 1 cup (130g / 4.6oz) plain (all-purp) flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (100g / 3.5oz) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g / 3.5oz) light brown sugar, packed
  • 113 g (1/2 cup / 1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup macadamias, halved

Instructions
 

  • Stir the caramels and cream in a small saucepan over low heat until melted and smooth.
  • Preheat your oven to 180C / 350F / 160C fan forced. Line an 8x8 inch square baking tin with baking paper
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and both sugars in a bowl and mix well until there are no lumps left.
  • Add the melted butter and mix a little to just combine. Lightly beat the eggs then add them to the batter and stir until fully combined and smooth.
  • Finally add most of the macadamias (reserve a small handful) and most of the caramel (reserve 3 tablespoons) and mix until just combined.
  • Spread the batter into the tin as evenly and level as possible. Scatter the macadamias over the top and 2 tablespoons of caramel (leaving just a little to drizzle over the finished macadamias). Reheat the caramel if it isn’t runny enough.
  • Bake for 30 minutes until the top is dry and golden. It should be soft to touch but no wobble left when you shake it.
  • Cool in the tin for at least 45 minutes before removing and cutting into 16 pieces. Drizzle the remaining

Notes

  1. I use a standard Australian 20ml tablespoon (= 4 teaspoons worldwide)
  2. For best results, you should always weigh ingredients like flour and sugar. Kitchen scales are relatively cheap but if you can’t weigh the ingredients, use the spoon and level method (don’t scoop).
  3. I use Wether's chewy caramels 

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