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Chocolate Chip Blondies with Caramel-Bourbon Sauce

Buttery blondies sweetened with plenty of brown sugar and semisweet chocolate chips. They are moist and soft with the crunch of a few pecans. Chocolate Chip Blondies are simple divine all on their own, but to make them extra decadent, I’ve added a scoop of vanilla ice cream and an easy Caramel-Bourbon Sauce.

Chocolate Chip Blondies with Bourbon Sauce

Now technically it is not really a caramel sauce. More of a brown sugar sauce. But it looks and tastes like caramel sauce and is infinitely more easy to make.

Chocolate Chip Blondies with Bourbon Sauce


Bourbon, with its hints of caramel and vanilla really complements the flavor of the sauce. I’m currently fantasizing about how good it would be drizzled on a warm apple crumble or apple pie, or apple anything really. With the temperature hitting close to 90 degrees today, I must be dreaming of fall weather already.

Chocolate Chip Blondies with Bourbon Sauce

A plain blondie or brownie is by itself one of my absolute favorite sweet treats. I’ll take them over cookies any day, a cake most days, and pie? It depends on the pie. I do so love pies as well.

Blondies are best when they are moist, rich, and exceptionally buttery. These blondies are all of those things and more.

Chocolate Chip Blondies with Bourbon Sauce

These Chocolate Chip Blondies with Caramel-Bourbon Sauce would be an easy dessert to make for a summer cookout. Everything can be made ahead of time and assembled last minute. If the caramel sauce thickens up too much, just microwave it for a few seconds.

Dripping with ooey, gooey Caramel-Bourbon Sauce, no one will be able to resist these blondies. Promise.


Chocolate Chip Blondie with Caramel-Bourbon Sauce

Chocolate Chip Blondies with Bourbon Sauce

Chocolate Chip Blondies with Bourbon Sauce

Rich and buttery blondies with chocolate chips and pecans topped with vanilla ice cream and Caramel-Bourbon Sauce.
PREP: 1 hour 15 minutes
COOK: 35 minutes
TOTAL: 1 hour 50 minutes


  • 1 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 10 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • vanilla ice cream

Caramel-Bourbon Sauce

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1/2 tablespoon bourbon


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9-inch square baking pan.
  • In a large bowl whisk together brown sugar and butter.
  • Add eggs and vanilla extract and whisk until incorporated.
  • Add flour, baking powder, and salt and use a wooden spoon to fold into mixture until no flour is visible. Stir in chocolate chips and pecans. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake 35-38 minutes. Let cool before slicing.
  • To make Caramel-Bourbon Sauce, heat brown sugar, butter, heavy cream, and bourbon in a small pan. Bring to a boil and whisk for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Pour into a bowl and refrigerate for about 1 hour.
  • To serve, cut blondies into squares. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and Caramel-Bourbon Sauce.


Calories: 422kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern

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37 thoughts on “Chocolate Chip Blondies with Caramel-Bourbon Sauce”

  1. I’ve made this caramel sauce twice and both times and followed the recipe exactly, but it’s come out very grainy. Do you have any suggestions to make it smoother in texture?

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Try adding a little corn syrup and that should help. You can also try stirring less. What type of cooktop do you have?

      1. It’s electric, and it’s old so I’m sure that’s part of the problem..when should I add the corn syrup?

          1. It looks like not mixing it worked! I didn’t have any corn syrup so I took my chances and huff didn’t stir it at all. It’s in the fridge now. It seemed and tasted smooth so hopefully it’s like that after sitting a while. Thank you!

          2. Christin
            Christin Mahrlig

            Yay! I’m so glad it worked. Hopefully it will be after being refrigerated too.

  2. Laura Dembowski

    I don’t care if this is traditional caramel or not, so long as I can have some! But don’t mention fall yet . . . it was the worst winter ever here, literally.

  3. I like all thing brown sugar sauce! Lick the bowl clean! What a beautiful dessert and so good! Thanks very nice

  4. Melanie @ Carmel Moments

    Oh girl! This is over the top. Perfect way to end a crazy day in my opinion. Pinning!

  5. Amy @ Elephant Eats

    These look like the best kind of blondies…ooey gooey on the inside! And topping them with ice cream and bourbon sauce certainly isn’t a bad thing 😉 I would LOVE this for dessert!

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      I want one of your lemon poppy seed granola bars for breakfast Annie! 🙂 Double yum!

  6. Wow, these look amazing Christin! I love everything about these blondies and can’t stop drooling over that caramel-bourbon sauce – pinning 🙂

  7. Deittra@Bon Appégeechee

    a-w-e inspiring! I made blondies a couple weeks ago. COMPLETE FAIL! Even more disappointing was that I was using my Family’s recipe given to me by phone a day or so before. Unsure as to whether the pan I used was a misstep, or whether I wrote down an incorrect measurement, that I haven’t moved to retest (or confirm) the recipe with my Aunt. I’m SO retesting, using this recipe as inspiration! You’re a doll! Thanks!

  8. These look insanely good, Christin! I love blondes, and with that sauce oozing down the sides, I can barely stand it. I’d want to pour that over just about anything! 🙂

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Thanks Marcie! I’m thinking I may have to be really naughty and try the sauce on some pancakes!

  9. Helen @ Scrummy Lane

    You definitely managed to sell these to me with your description and your photos. I only really ‘discovered’ blondies recently, but now I’m a die-hard fan. These ones look just irresistible. Definitely pinning.

  10. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

    Confession: when I pulled up your post I swore. I actually said, “Holy Sh*t” out loud. Good think no one was around to hear it!

    These blondies look fabulous! And the caramel-bourbon sauce! I just can’t even… Pass a spoon!

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Lol! You always make me laugh Lindsey! We need one of those chocolate fountains with this sauce flowing down! 🙂

  11. Oh wow, this is the ultimate dessert! Chocolate chip blondies, ice cream and that awesome bourbon sauce??? I’ll be right over : )

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