Yay Kosher: Easy Chewy Chocolate Chip Blondies


Let’s face it, until recently kosher cuisine was somewhat of an oxymoron. If it tasted good it wasn’t kosher, and if it was kosher it didn’t taste good. We at the Jewish Light are partnering with our friends at Yay Kosher, to change this. Owners Caryn and Ben Schneider found that most of the ingredients used in non-kosher recipes are the same as in the kosher recipes. And with a few creative tweaks even the cheeseburgeriest of recipes could be made kosher! This was an exciting concept that we ball hope add to your excitement for making and eating kosher food.  

Easy Chewy Chocolate Chip Blondies

Is it a cookie? Is it a brownie This kosher chewy chocolate chip blondies recipe is somewhere in between. There is no denying that this decadent cookie bar is gooey, chocolatey, and not to be missed. Perfect easy dessert for a Shabbat.

My friend Baila is obsessed with these blondies made from scratch. No, seriously, obsessed. It is by far one of her most requested desserts of mine whenever I offer to make something for Shabbos or a simcha. I’m pretty sure I have even made her two pans so she can keep one for herself. Once you make these kosher blondies you might find yourself doubling the recipe so you, too, can have you own personal stash. These are truly the best blondies have the perfect amount of chewiness and are so chocolatey, it really is like eating a chocolate chip cookie but in brownie form.



Can I use light brown sugar instead of dark brown sugar?

Dark brown sugar is so much better than light brown sugar in so many ways. The extra molasses content in dark brown sugar adds to the chewiness and rich golden color of these blondies… but light brown works fine too if for some reason that’s what you want to use.

Do I have to use walnuts?

By all means use any nuts you like, or none at all! Mix in two kinds of nuts. Go crazy. This recipe just begs for you to customize it with mix- ins.

What’s the difference between a brownie and a blondie?

A blondie and a brownie have a similar shape and texture but that’s about it. Brownies usually rely on cocoa powder for the dark color and chocolate taste. Blondies do not use cocoa powder get their flavor from the brown sugar and vanilla used in the recipe. Blondies can also sometimes be called “blonde brownies” but that is just semantics.

What’s the difference between a blondie and a cookie?

A traditional chocolate chip cookie and a blondie will often times share a lot of the same ingredients but they have completely different textures. A cookie is usually flatter and can have a crunch since the center bakes all the way through. A blondie is thicker and chewier since the center stays soft and gooey like a brownie. A blondie can also be referred to as a “cookie bar” but that is just semantics.

Are blondies supposed to be gooey?

Yes. When baked for the proper amount of time at the right temperature, blondies should come out of the oven and be soft and gooey in the center. Overcooking them will make them hard and crunchy like a well done cookie. Don’t get me wrong, I would still eat the whole pan of those but I prefer the blondies soft and gooey, the way they were intended. If you are unsure as to whether the blondies are ready or not, you can always take them out of the oven when the edges start to look golden brown. If they are not yet done to your liking, you can put them back into the oven for a few more minutes. You can always keep baking them when they are underdone but once fully cooked you can’t go back.

How can I store these?

The blondies will keep for 5-7 days in a sealed container with no refrigeration. Better yet, make a few batches in advance and freeze them in an air tight container. Blondies freeze very well since their shapes make them easy to stack. Let them defrost for 45 minutes before serving.

chocolate chip blondies
A chocolate lover’s dream


We love playing around with this recipe and testing out variations. Just be aware that if you try try some of these the recipe will not be dairy free or pareve. Here are some of our favorites:

  • White chocolate blondies – use white chocolate chips instead of dark chocolate chips.
  • Butter pecan blondies – butterscotch chips instead of chocolate and pecans instead of walnuts
  • Turtle blondies – chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, pecans, a little bit of kosher salt over the top (Ben’s favorite)
  • A la mode – a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top (my favorite).
  • M & M blondies – use M&Ms instead of chocolate chips.
  • Peanut butter blondies – add 2 tbsp of peanut butter
chocolate chip blondies
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