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Chocolate Chip Brown Butter Banana Bourbon Blondies

Love is in the air! I can feel it swirling around me in the form of sprinkles, chocolate chips, bananas, and bourbon. These Chocolate Chip Brown Butter Banana Bourbon Blondies are just how they sound–delicious!

The #SundaySupper crew is celebrating love, romance, and all things gushy this week in honor of Valentine’s Day. That means recipes for a romantic dinner, sweets for your sweetie, and chocolate…lots of chocolate.

While Cupid is busy flying around sticking people in the butt with his mojo, I’m hard at work making a special mojo of my own. My mojo comes in the form of baked goods. That’s my special trick; give someone a baked good and they’ll fall right in love with you. Who needs cupid when you have chocolate chip banana bourbon blondies? Sorry, Cupid, but you’re no longer needed.

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Squirrel and I don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day. It’s not that we’re against Valentine’s Day and all the red roses that come with it; we just celebrate something else instead. Squirrel’s birthday falls on Valentine’s Day, so I like to dedicate the day to him. Honestly, I feel bad for people that have to share their birthday with a holiday. Giving a gift on your birthday just seems wrong.

Even though Squirrel doesn’t have to buy me a gift, he always does. Maybe he thinks it’s some kind of trick. You know, a test of sorts. “Well, she said I don’t have to buy her a gift, but if I don’t buy her a gift, will she be mad? Or, does she really not want a gift?” That type of thing. Honestly, I think we just confuse men when we tell them they don’t have to buy us anything. I received my gift a week early, and it was very special and very surprising. Squirrel bought me the anniversary ring I found and fell in love with a few weeks ago. Check it out here. It’s a beauty!

I digress. Let’s bring on the Chocolate Chip Brown Butter Banana Bourbon Blondies; it’s what you came here for, right? Not me blabbering on about V-Day mojo, birthdays, and rings.

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If you like bourbon, then you’re going to love these. There’s not a ton of bourbon in this recipe, but it’s definitely not shy. Put it this way, you can taste the bourbon, and it pairs beautifully with all of the other elements in this blondie.

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Like I said, who needs Cupid when you have these?

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The gooey, chocolatey, banana center will have that special someone bowing at your feet.


Chocolate Chip Brown Butter Banana Bourbon Blondies

Yield: 1 (8-inch) square pan

Total Time: 35 minutes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 banana
  • 9 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 8-by-8-inch square brownie pan.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, add the unsalted butter. Simmer until brown and nutty, about 5 minutes. Cool slightly before using.
  3. In a large bowl, mash the banana. Whisk in the brown sugar until smooth. Add the slightly cooled brown butter, whisk to combine. Whisk in egg and vanilla extract until incorporated. Whisk in bourbon.
  4. Stir in flour and salt until just incorporated.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips.
  6. Transfer the mixture to the prepared brownie pan. Sprinkle with festive sprinkles.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
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71 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Brown Butter Banana Bourbon Blondies”

  1. #
    CCU — February 10, 2013 at 5:21 am

    I’m feeling mushy just looking at this delicious treat :)

    Choc Chip Uru


  2. #
    Laura | Small Wallet, Big Appetite — February 10, 2013 at 6:24 am

    I always feel sorry for people who have to share their birthday with a holiday. But then again if he goes things like this on his birthday then I am sure he doesn’t feel forgotten. These look AMAZING!


  3. #
    Jen @JuanitasCocina — February 10, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Boozy blondies! Yes please! And happy birthday Squirrel!


  4. #
    sunithi — February 10, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Healthy blondie ! Yumm ! Love the pics and the blondie. Pinning this to make sometime soon :)


  5. #
    Stacy — February 10, 2013 at 9:17 am

    What a great combination of flavors you’ve got going on here, Jennie! And that is a beautiful ring! Also, your hair is cute. How did I miss that post?


  6. #
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen — February 10, 2013 at 9:19 am

    The bourbon with banana just won me over. These are scrumptious blondies! Poor guys, they just never know whether to do as we say or not!


  7. #
    Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb — February 10, 2013 at 9:22 am

    yeah I can imagine that it sucks to celebrate your birthday on an other festive day. Well, then double treats for the lucky one,no? Its just fair and I can see that you have come up with some gorgeous choco blondies for your darling.


  8. #
    Renee — February 10, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Happy Birthday to Squirrel! He is spoiled with your baking and cooking. Lucky for you he spoils you back with such beautiful bling!


  9. #
    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — February 10, 2013 at 10:18 am

    What a sweet hubby you have :) I always feel bad for those who have to share their birthdays with holidays too so I think it’s great that you devote the day to Squirrel :P

    And yes, anyone and everyone who eats these blondies will surely fall head over heels. Luuuurve.


  10. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — February 10, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Blondies will always get my attention but the brown butter!! Oh yes! These sound amazing!


  11. #
    Shannon @VillageGirlBlog — February 10, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Yum! I love using bourbon in baking. I make vanilla from bourbon too. It just adds a nice flavor. These look delicious and your new ring is beautiful!!


  12. #
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — February 10, 2013 at 11:24 am

    These look amazing! I would love these as a Valentine gift, lol. ;)


  13. #
    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — February 10, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Oh wow! Banana plus bourbon in a blondie? Talm about all kinds of wonderful alliteration. I am drooling! I just made blondies for the first time a week or so ago, I am happy to add another recipe to my blondie arsenal!


  14. #
    Amanda @ Marocmama — February 10, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Great recipe!


  15. #
    [email protected] & Trinkets — February 10, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Ohmygaw, Jennie. I think you’re right. I think I’m in love with you after seeing these blondies.

    Though that Squirrel certainly sounds like a keeper.


  16. #
    Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips — February 10, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    My birthday is always on or near Thanksgiving. Kind of a bummer, but at least it is not a gifty holiday. These bars are packed full of all sorts of amazing!


  17. #
    Conni @FoodieArmyWife — February 10, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    These are gorgeous!!!


  18. #
    Megan — February 10, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Wow, I am speechless over these blondies!! WANT!


  19. #
    Laura Dembowski — February 10, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I’m a blondie junkie and adding bourbon is such a great idea! I’m all for any treats that involve a little alcohol :)


  20. #
    Chocolate Shavings — February 10, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Those blondies look delicious – and I agree, food is the best way to anyone’s heart!


  21. #
    Katy — February 10, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    So many of my favourite things in one blondie! These are amazing!


  22. #
    Shelby | Diabetic Foodie — February 10, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    What a great couple you and Squirrel make – both of you are so thoughtful!


  23. #
    The Ninja Baker — February 10, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Blondies are supposed to be en vogue desserts for 2013 according to one of the gourmet magazines. Seems to me you’ve elevated the humble sweet to another level, Jennie. Congratulations! Omedeto-gozaimasu (congratulations in Japanese) on the anniversary ring, too. Love the antiquey – other worldly feel about it AND the dozens (?) of diamonds!


  24. #
    Katie — February 10, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    First: try to say the name of this recipe three times fast: I don’t think I can! But oh my goodness, do these blondies sound incredible!!!!


  25. #
    Sarah Reid, RHNC (@jo_jo_ba) — February 10, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    yum! i’ll take 2 (or 10) of these


  26. #
    Medeja — February 11, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Chocolate + bourbon? Count me in! :D


  27. #
    kelly @ kellybakes — February 11, 2013 at 12:16 am

    You said the magic word: bourbon. Any holiday or dessert that incorporates this ingredient is fine by me! These are a wonderful combination of flavors!!


  28. #
    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — February 11, 2013 at 1:30 am

    Love this!! I need to find some red heart sprinkles!! yum!!


  29. #
    Anita at Hungry Couple — February 11, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Sounds to me like the hubs is a pretty smart fellow. ;) It’s only fair that you reward him with these yummy blondies.


  30. #
    Courtney @ Neighborfood — February 11, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Oh my goodness…every word of this makes me want it more. Bananas and bourbon is a match made in foodie heaven.


  31. #
    Soni — February 11, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Ooh these look so so good! Love the Bourbon in there and it seems perfect for VDay!
    Loved your ring too :) Very pretty!


  32. #
    Nancy @ gottagetbaked — February 11, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Screw Cupid, give me these blondies stat! I love reading your blog, Jennie. You always knock my socks off with the things you create in your kitchen. The Husband and I don’t celebrate Vday either — I should use my spare time that day to make these.


  33. #
    Angie @ Big Bear's Wife — February 11, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    these look extra adorable with the heart sprinkles!


  34. #
    Liz — February 11, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    I think I love blondies just as much as brownies :) And your version must taste amazing! Perfect for Valentine’s Day!!!


  35. #
    Terra — February 11, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Hubby and I don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day either, we are silly like that:-) Well I can’t have flowers in my house, because my cat eats them….bad! So we keep it simple, and just enjoy a dinner together:-) Your blondies look to die for, and freaking delicious, Hugs, Terra


  36. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — February 12, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Are you freaking kidding me?! I’m coming over!


  37. #
    The Wimpy Vegetarian — February 13, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I love, love, love blondies. I can seriously eat 6 or 7 in one sitting without a problem. Thanks for posting these – they look wonderful!


  38. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — February 13, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    ok, so I’m sorta kinda in LOVE with these blondies! I mean look at them! They have so many wonderful ingredients to love. :) Blondies are my very favorite type of bar dessert! Oh and I just love banana and chocolate together too!


  39. #
    Hezzi-D — February 13, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Blondies, bourbon, and chocolate? These sound divine!


  40. #
    Cindys Recipes — February 13, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Banana Bourbon Brownies, Banana Bourbon Brownies…I tried saying your title 10 times fast and passed out! But I came to in time to print this recipe! Thanks, Jennie!


  41. #
    Matt R. — February 14, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    After starting to make these, I discovered that I didn’t have any bourbon, which meant I had to scramble to find another boozy liquid to add. I decided to add my favorite drink, rum. This worked perfectly! The pairing of the chocolate and banana and the rum was just phenomenal! However, I found that they took longer than the recommended time to bake, almost 15 minutes longer.

    That being said, I would make these again in a second!

    (I actually made them for a bake sale, and they were a top selling item)


    • Jennie replied February 20th, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      Hi, Matt! I’m so glad you enjoyed these. Rum sounds like a wonderful substitute. Hmm, I’m not sure why they took longer to bake for you. Maybe you’re at a different altitude, or your oven temp runs lower. I’m happy to hear that these were a hit at your bake sale!


  42. #
    Tara — February 15, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Oh my heavens, you got me at Bourbon!! I have to try these!!


  43. #
    Bea — February 16, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Oh yes, bourbon and chocolate! Sounds like the perfect combo :)


  44. #
    Spencer @ Moo-Lolly-Bar — February 11, 2014 at 3:18 am

    Sounds delicious and I am sure it tastes delicious too. Would so like to try some.


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