The easiest and most addicting Chewy Chai Blondies with hints of cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon!

It’s not often I make things from the blog twice in one week. Because already in our house, we have a Coconut Lemon Tart, Seedy Quinoa Chocolate Bark, and 3 leftover savory dishes from photoshoots.

But these bars Alex and I could not get enough of. The consistency is f-l-a-w-l-e-s-s. They’re chewy and moist, but not too dense. The freshly ground cardamom tastes so springy and delicious, we quite literally could not stop eating them. So we made a second batch, just for fun.

The easiest and most addicting Chewy Chai Blondies with hints of cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon!

Sometimes it’s the simplest of desserts that gets you. These bars are a testament to that fact. Every night for the last 4 nights, Alex has brought over the tupperware container they’ve been stored in and a big glass of milk. We’ve sat on the couch and noshed away at these babies, savoring every delicious bite.

Now, I strongly recommend making your own chai spice mix as outlined in the recipe below, but you can also buy chai spice mix from some specialty grocery stores. If you go this route, substitute in 1 tablespoon of chai spice mix.

The easiest and most addicting Chewy Chai Blondies with hints of cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon! The easiest and most addicting Chewy Chai Blondies with hints of cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon! The easiest and most addicting Chewy Chai Blondies with hints of cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon!

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend making these bars (heheh). LOVES YOU GUYS!

RECIPE

Chewy Chai Blondies

Ingredients

for the bars

  • 6 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

for the topping

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a standing mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the melted butter, vegetable oil, and light brown sugar on high speed for 30 seconds. Add in the egg and vanilla extract and mix for another 30 seconds.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, black pepper, baking powder, and salt. Fold dry ingredients into wet and place into prepared baking pan.
  4. Mix together sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over bars. Bake for 25 minutes, then allow to cool completely before cutting into squares!

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23 comments

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Oh my WORD. These look sooooo good! I imagine eating one of these is like eating autumn in spring, how poetic, eh? Seriously though, the spice mix sounds delicious and I kinda want ten of these before I’ve even tasted them.

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Okay, yeah I totally need these in my life! YUMMMMM!

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THIS is my kind of baked good! 2 bowls and no tricky work. Plus these look absolutely amazing. You had me at chewy chai.

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These look awesome!!! I cant wait to make them!!!

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Oh girlfriend…no decor is complete without sofa munching goodies!-Laurel Bledsoe

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I’d add these to my nightly ritual too if I had a container of them stored in my cupboards! I agree that making the chai spice mix is much better than buying it – gives you more control over the flavours!

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Now this is a dessert I could get on board with!!! I love the flavors here. And with a big glass of milk? Yes please!

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Do you think chocolate chips would be good in these? As you know, almost everything is better with a little chochi.

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OK, when you say these are flawless, they soar right to the top of my to-do list!

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Just made these and then turned out perfect!

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These really do look super chewy and I love hearing that bloggers remade a recipe, because when you’re constantly developing new ones, that means it’s REALLY that good 🙂

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Hi SARAH, TODAY I MADE THESE ACCORDING TO YOUR RECIPE. I FOLLOWED EXACTLY AS SAID IN YOUR POST, EXCEPT THAT I DIDN’T HAVE NUTMEG SO I SKIPPED THE 1/4 TEASPOON OF NUTMEG. tHE FLAVOR CAME OUT AS RIGHT AND DELICIOUS. hoWEVER, AFTER SITTING OUTSIDE FOR A COUPLE HOURS THEY GOT HARDEN QUITE A BIT. I WAS TRYING TO USE A KNIFE AND IT TOOK A TON OF EFFORTS TO SLIDE THROUGH. DID THAT HAPPEN TO YOU? IF NO, WHY DID YOU THINK THAT HAPPEN? THANK YOU.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Hi Grace. I’m not sure why they would’ve gotten hard… Mine stayed soft and chewy for 5 days. Did you have them outside as in outdoors? They could’ve gotten dried out from the breeze.

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I *love* chai – these blondies are absolute perfection!

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Oh My goodness these were good!! I WAS A LITTLE SUSPECT ABOUT THE PEPPER BUT MADE THE RECIPE AS IS AND IT WAS AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS!! wE JUST ATE IT HOT WITH VANILLA ICE CREAM. tHEY ARE ALMOST GONE. nEXT TIME I WILL MAKE A DOUBLE BATCH. tHEY WERE DELISH!!

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oH YUM! tHESE SOUND AND LOOK AMAZING- CAN’T WAIT TO TRY THEM! anD i AGREE ABOUT SOMETIMES THE MOST BASIC FOODS CAN BE THE YUMMIEST.

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YES!!! chai is my absolutely favorite flavor, & blondies are my absolutely favorite sweet treat…the chewy texture cannot be beat. i can’t wait to try one (& dunk into some cold brew!). xx

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I made these today, definitely a winner. And I can even make them dairy free! 🙂

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SO good! But there’s no way I’d put all that cinnamon sugar topping on a single batch. I’ve made these twice now, both times with a very light sprinkling of cinnamon sugar. Two tablespoons would be way too sweet!

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I agree! As I was sprinkling on the cinnamon sugar, I stopped about halfway through the designated amount, because the bars were so well-coated.

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I made these yesterday for a colleague’s birthday; and was very pleased with how they turned out! When I poured the batter into the pan, I was worried about how thick it was – almost approaching the thickness of cookie dough, instead of blondie/brownie batter – but they seem to have turned out nicely, texture-wise. Thanks for this delicious recipe!

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Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your website and beautiful recipes, photography and site design. It’s such an inspiration! I love the rustic and cozy vibes!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you so much!

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