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Easter Blondies

March 15th, 2023
4.92 from 12 votes
4.92 from 12 votes

These Easter Blondies are gooey, chewy, and loaded with mini Cadbury eggs for the ultimate easy Easter dessert! One bowl and no mixer required, this easy Easter recipe will be a family favorite.

Yield: 16 blondies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook: 25 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: The dark chocolate chips perfectly balance out the sweetness from the Cadbury eggs. With some flaky sea salt sprinkled on top, these Easter blondies are sweet and salty perfection.
Texture: Chewy, gooey, and loaded with perfectly crunchy mix-ins.
Ease: SO easy. One bowl recipe with no mixer required.
Appearance: Is there anything cuter?!
Pros: One bowl, no mixer, less than 40 minutes!
Cons: None.
Would I make this again? Absolutely. These are sure to be a hit every year for Easter.

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Are these Easter Blondies just the cutest dessert you’ve ever seen or what?

I don’t know about you, but I just love the darling pastel colors of Cadbury Easter eggs. They are so adorable and festive, especially in an easy blondie recipe like this one.

This recipe makes blondies that are slightly thicker than normal. This means you can slice them into smaller squares to serve a crowd.

Both kids and adults will LOVE these easy Cadbury mini egg blondies. Just don’t forget to dunk in a glass of milk while enjoying a slice.

How to Make Easter Blondies

What Is A Blondie? What is the Difference Between Blondies and Brownies?

Think of a blondie as brownie’s butterscotch alter-ego! There is no cocoa or melted chocolate in a blondie. Instead, blondies are made with brown sugar for a rich butterscotch flavor and plenty of vanilla extract. A good blondie is gooey, chewy and a little fudgy. Just not as fudgy as a brownie.

They’re the perfect easy Easter dessert recipe or the perfect way to use up leftover Easter candy. Bonus: these treats only take about 40 minutes from start to finish!

Ingredients for Easter Blondies:

  • Butter – Always use unsalted butter in baking to control the salt content.
  • Sugar – Specifically light brown sugar which will give a beautiful butterscotch flavor and a soft chewy texture to these blondies. Read more about the science of sugar in baking here.
  • Eggs – One whole egg plus one egg yolk. The extra yolk adds richness and chewiness. Be sure your eggs are at room temperature so they blend into the batter evenly.
  • Vanilla extract – For flavor. Don’t skimp!
  • Salt – I prefer to use fine sea salt instead of table salt for its pure flavor. You can also sprinkle some flaky sea salt on the baked blondies to balance the sweetness of the Cadbury eggs if you’d like. Learn more about the differences between types of salt here.
  • Baking powder – Just enough to give these blondies a slight lift while still baking up chewy. Check out my Baking Soda vs. Baking Powder article to learn about the science of leaveners.
  • All-purpose flour – Measured correctly. If you add too much flour, you may end up with dry, dense, or crumbly blondies.
  • Mix of Cadbury mini eggs and dark chocolate chips – You can use exclusively Cadbury mini eggs if you like, but you run the risk of these bars becoming a little too sweet. I recommend balancing that Cadbury sweetness with dark chocolate chips. However, you can also use semisweet if you prefer.
  • Flaky sea salt – for topping, to perfectly balance the sweetness from the chocolate.

Instructions for How to Make These Easy Easter Blondies:

  1. Prepare your baking pan. Line an 8×8-inch aluminum pan with parchment paper and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set the prepared pan aside.
  2. Melt the butter. In a large heat-safe mixing bowl, heat the butter in the microwave until melted. You can also do this on low heat in a small saucepan on the stove.
  3. Combine the sugar to the melted butter. Whisk vigorously to combine. Let cool until just warm.
  4. Add the egg, egg yolk and vanilla. Whisk until smooth. The more you whisk, the smoother the top crust of the blondies will become.
  5. Add the dry ingredients. Stir in the salt, baking powder, and flour with a rubber spatula or a wooden spoon. Be careful not to overmix the batter once dry + wet ingredients combine.
  6. Gently fold in the chocolate chips and mini eggs. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking tin. Add some additional chocolate chips and mini eggs to the top, to decorate, if desired.
  7. Bake the Easter Blondies. Bake at 350°F for 25 to 28 minutes for blondies with a softer interior, or 30 to 35 minutes for a firm interior with golden edges. Baking times will vary from oven to oven!
  8. Allow to cool before slicing. Serve.

What if I Can’t Find Cadbury Eggs? Can I use M&Ms instead?

These Easter Blondies will work with any type of chocolate chip or similarly sized mix-in, though the Cadbury mini eggs are so quintessentially Easter-y. If you can’t find them, I recommend using Easter M&M candies. Pretzel or peanut butter M&Ms will also work!

I’m Out of Light Brown Sugar! Can I Still Make These Blondies?

There are two things you can do before you make an annoying extra supermarket trip:

  1. Substitute dark brown sugar for the same amount of light brown sugar, if that’s all you have. Your Easter blondies will be a bit darker than pictured here, and a little softer and richer from the additional molasses in the dark brown sugar. Your blondies will still taste delish!
  2. Make your own light brown sugar! For this recipe, you will need: 1 ½ cups (300 grams) white granulated sugar + 2 tablespoons molasses.

See? Easy peasy!

The Key to Perfectly Baked Easter Blondies: The Baking Pan

These mini egg blondies yield thick and rich blondies, so it’s important to use a pan that conducts heat effectively, like my favorite USA Pan.

We want to make sure the blondies cook through completely, but remain soft and gooey in the center.

Avoid glass or ceramic pans for this recipe!

Those materials take longer to heat up and cook. This often leads to the center being undercooked by the time the edges start to dry out and darken.

Check out our side-by-side comparison here, where we baked the exact same blondie recipe at the same temperature, for the same amount of time, in the same oven:

Though the differences weren’t quite as stark as with our brownie testing, the glass pan blondies were definitely more gooey and less set. They also sunk in the center slightly. Sinking centers is a common issue with glass pans of all sorts. This can cause issues for blondies & brownies as well as quick breads & loaves like banana bread.

But I only have glass, what do I do?!

If you must use glass or ceramic, drop the baking temperature by about 15°F and increase the baking time by 5-10 minutes.

Why Are My Blondies Hard? Why Are My Blondies Dry? Why Are My Blondies Like a Cake?
Troubleshooting Your Blondie FAQs!

Besides using the right pan as detailed above, the answer to all of these questions is likely the same simple mistake: incorrect measuring of ingredients. If you are not measuring your ingredients with a digital kitchen scale, you could accidentally be adding too much flour, causing hard, dry, or cake-like blondies. Learn more about how to measure for perfect results every time here!

The other reason your blondies could be turning out too dry or hard is likely that they’re overbaked. Learn how to tell when your blondies are done baking below.

Should Blondies be Gooey?

Yes! Overbaked blondies are basically a dry, hard cookie bar. Who wants that? Learn how to tell when your blondies are fully baked right below.

How Do I Know When Easter Blondies are Done Baking? It varies!

We’ve tested this recipe in FOUR different ovens across the country. What we learned is that for this recipe in particular, the baking time will depend entirely on your oven AND your preferred level of doneness.

  1. We found that 25 – 28 minutes was perfect for a more soft and gooey center, while 30 to 35 minutes resulted in a more firm center.
  2. They’re done when the middle is still slightly jiggly and shiny on top, but the edges look solidified. You want to be careful not to overbake these or they will become dry and crumbly.
  3. Remember: residual heat will continue to cook the blondies, so even if they seem just slightly underdone in the center, go ahead and remove them from the oven. They’ll solidify more as they cool. Please note that it is normal if the center of your blondies sink slightly after cooling, which is more likely to happen with a glass pan.
  4. If your blondies are still a little gooey for your liking after they’ve cooled, cut them into slices and let them sit on a cooling rack overnight, lightly covered with plastic wrap. This period of time will help them solidify even more.
  5. Also, be sure your oven is actually at the temperature it says it is. Learn more about that in my Oven 101 article, and if you don’t have an oven thermometer, now’s the time!

table comparing bake times for blondies

Can I Double This Blondies Recipe?

Yes! Just double all ingredients of this easy Easter dessert and bake it in a 9×13-inch baking pan, adding a few minutes to the baking time.

How to Store Easter Blondies:

You can store the blondies for up to 3 days at room temperature or up to a week in the fridge. If storing for more than a day, wait to slice the blondies into bars until you’re ready to serve to prevent stale edges.

Can I Freeze Easter Blondies?

You can also freeze these blondies (as a whole slab or sliced) wrapped in plastic wrap and inside an airtight container for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight at room temperature. You can then refresh in a 325°F oven for about 5 to 10 minutes, if desired.

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    4.92 from 12 votes

    How to make
    Easter Blondies

    Yield: 16 blondies
    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 25 minutes
    Total Time: 40 minutes
    These Easter Blondies are gooey, chewy, and loaded with mini Cadbury eggs for the ultimate easy Easter dessert! One bowl and no mixer required, this easy Easter recipe will be a family favorite.


    • 1 ½ sticks (170 grams) unsalted butter
    • 1 ½ cups (300 grams) light brown sugar
    • 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
    • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 ½ cups (191 grams) all-purpose flour
    • 1 ½ cups (255 grams) mix of Cadbury mini eggs and dark chocolate chips, divided
    • Flaky sea salt, for sprinkling


    1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8 by 8-inch metal pan with foil or parchment paper. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.
    2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, heat the butter in 30-second increments until melted. Add the sugar to the hot butter and whisk to combine. Let cool until just warm.
    3. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and whisk vigorously until smooth. Stir in the salt, baking powder, and flour with a rubber spatula. Gently stir in 1 cup (170 grams) mix-ins.
    4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Top evenly with remaining ½ cup mix-ins.
    5. For a soft center, bake until the edges are lightly golden but the center still jiggles slightly, about 25 to 28 minutes. For a firmer center, bake until the edges are golden brown and the center is lightly golden and set, about 30 to 35 minutes. Set pan on wire rack and allow to cool before cutting*. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt before serving.

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    Recipe Notes

    *If the bottoms of your baked blondies are slightly greasy after removing them from the pan, place them on a wire rack overnight covered in plastic wrap. This overnight sit will allow them to set completely.
    Course : Dessert
    Cuisine : American
    Keyword : easter, easter blondies

    Photos by Joanie Simon.

    Tessa Arias
    Author: Tessa Arias

    I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

    Tessa Arias

    About Tessa...

    I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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    1. #
      ash — May 5, 2023 at 12:23 pm

      I made these and they were the die for not a blondie fan but enjoyed these a lot was wondering could I substitute brown sugar with granulated sugar and also could I do half and half as well as in 150g brown sugar 150g white sugar

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        Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — May 8, 2023 at 8:45 am

        Hi Ash! So glad you enjoyed these blondies! We haven’t tested these blondies with anything but brown sugar, but feel free to experiment as you like! Brown sugar contains more molasses than granulated sugar, so it will make your blondies (or any bake) a little more butterscotchy and also moister because of that molasses content – so I’d recommend keeping at least some of the brown sugar, to enjoy both those benefits. Happy baking 🙂

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      Lisa — April 26, 2023 at 6:06 pm

      Made these for the second time at the request of the granddaughter who loved them. I’m so glad I bought a bunch of Cadbury Eggs right after Easter, because I think we will be making these often. Although M&M’s work fine also.

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      Katharina — April 20, 2023 at 1:38 pm

      The best! Made them for the first time with some leftover Cadbury Eggs and just ate a piece straight out of the oven. Soooo yummy and gooey – I will definitely make them again

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      BECKY — April 12, 2023 at 12:24 pm

      I made this recipe twice at Eastertime. The first batch went too quickly — they’re so delicious! When I made the second batch to share with more people, I decided to experiment with browning the butter (added 2 Tbsps. + 1 tsp. butter to compensate for water loss during browning process [thanks to Tessa for this tip!]). It takes more time than the original recipe, but they were absolutely fantastic! I will definitely make it either way again as part of our Easter/Spring (and other) dessert menu.
      Also, the first time I only had M&M Mystery Mix mini eggs, which were very fun and yummy along with some chocolate chunks in the batter. The second time I had Cadbury dark chocolate mini eggs along with a few white chocolate chips and pastel M&Ms to equal the total 1 1/2 cups of add-ins. Both times were delicious!

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      Samantha — April 9, 2023 at 8:22 pm

      Taste great and simple to make – the best kind of recipe!! I was making another dessert and able to throw this together quickly while all the baking ingredients were out. I had to use a glass pan and the instructions in the post seemed to help (increase oven temp and baking time)! I will definitely make these again and try other candy mix-ins. Thank you for the great recipe!

    6. #
      Laura O. — April 9, 2023 at 7:29 pm

      I baked these today, for Easter dessert.

      I couldn’t find Cadbury malted eggs, so I used Whopper malted eggs.

      Not sure if it was because I used a different brand of candy eggs, but the eggs tasted chewy in the baked bars, and had kind of an odd texture. They also sunk, even the extra ones I pressed into the top.

      Otherwise, the bars were very good. I would make them again, but I think I would use M&Ms instead of the malted eggs.

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        Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — April 11, 2023 at 9:46 am

        Hi Laura! Next time, I definitely recommend trying the Cadbury eggs, if possible, or M&Ms otherwise. I recently used Pretzel M&Ms + dark chocolate chips and they were delicious! The malted eggs sound like they resulted in an odd texture, and that definitely came from the malt eggs, as the Cadbury or M&Ms taste just like they normally do, and do not sink. I hope that helps, and I hope you try these again sometime so you can enjoy them fully 🙂

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      Victoria — April 8, 2023 at 2:50 pm

      You mentioned a metal pan. Would using a silicon pan make a difference?

    8. #
      KT — April 8, 2023 at 2:21 pm

      Don’t always leave reviews, but these deserved one!!!

      I was super skeptical bc I thought the raw batter tasted icky, which is usually a red flag for me. But once these cooked and cooled down, my oh my they were amazing! Sooo gooey and yummy. I used regular m&m’s and m&m eggs. Not a fan of the m&m eggs in them bc the coating tastes odd/fake, but regular m&m taste amazing mixed in 🙂

      Took it out of the oven when a tooth pick still had some gooey bits with some smaller cooked bits, shiny top, lightly golden edges.

      Family loved and approved too! Will add these to my regular rotation, thank you!!!

    9. #
      Deborah — April 7, 2023 at 2:59 pm

      So, I made these today and hubs ate two as soon as cool enough not to burn his mouth. Mmm…so good. I used semi-sweet chips and that balanced out the sweetness of the Cadbury eggs. Will make these again!

    10. #
      Tanya Herrington — March 26, 2023 at 4:20 pm

      Delicious! Love the texture and taste of these. Easy to make.

    11. #
      Erica — March 19, 2023 at 2:25 pm

      These are sooo good! I love that they’re made in one bowl, super easy, and they came out chewy and delicious!

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        Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — March 20, 2023 at 11:35 am

        Yay! So thrilled you enjoyed these blondies so much, Erica! 🙂

    12. #
      Janet — March 16, 2023 at 4:13 pm

      Um, these are INSANELY delicious! I never write reviews but I took one bite and they are out of this world. They’re moist and have a nice balance with the dark chocolate chips, cadbury eggs, and flaky sea salt (NOT optional!). Even better that they’re quick and easy to make. It’s a win win!

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        Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — March 17, 2023 at 7:05 am

        So excited you enjoyed these Blondies so much, Janet!! Thanks so much for the comment 🙂

    13. #
      Erica — March 15, 2023 at 5:08 pm

      These are incredibly good! They have that perfect butterscotch flavor, plus the added bonus of the chocolate candy coated eggs!

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      Leslie — March 15, 2023 at 1:05 pm

      Hi. Would I be able to use a 9×9 pan?

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        Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — March 16, 2023 at 9:06 am

        Hi Leslie! You can, but the Blondies will be a little thinner and bake a little faster. We haven’t tested this ourselves, so I can’t tell you how long to bake for, sorry – just shave a few minutes off the suggested minimum bake time, and be sure to check out our notes (in the pink tip box, above the recipe) for indicators of doneness for your desired final texture. Let us know what you think once you’ve given these a try 🙂

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          Leslie — March 16, 2023 at 5:54 pm

          Hi. I was able to get an 8×8 pan. I baked them today and they are delicious! I can’t stop eating them. The best part is how easy the recipe is. Thank you!

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            Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — March 17, 2023 at 6:48 am

            Yay!! So thrilled to hear that Leslie!! 🙂

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