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Rum-Raisin Blondies

Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields sixteen 2x3-inch blondies

Brown sugar gives these bar cookies loads of caramel flavor and a moist, chewy, brownielike texture. Rum-soaked raisins add delicious depth. For a nonalcoholic version, soak the raisins in water.


  • 9 oz. raisins (2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup dark rum, such as Myers’s
  • 6 oz. (3/4 cup) unsalted butter; more, softened, for the pan
  • 11-1/4 oz. (2-1/2 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. table salt
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 330
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 80
  • Fat (g): 9
  • Saturated Fat (g): 6
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2.5
  • Cholesterol (mg): 45
  • Sodium (mg): 150
  • Carbohydrates (g): 55
  • Fiber (g): 1
  • Protein (g): 3


  • In a 1-quart saucepan, bring the raisins and rum to a simmer over low heat and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes; remove from the heat. Let the raisins cool to room temperature in the rum, about 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9×13-inch baking pan, line the bottom with parchment, and then butter the parchment.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a 2-quart saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat; remove from the heat and let cool briefly. Add the brown sugar to the pan and mix with a silicone spatula until thoroughly combined. Add the eggs and vanilla and stir until combined.
  • Add the sugar mixture to the flour mixture, stirring with the spatula until just combined. Gently fold in the raisins and any rum from the pan.
  • Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, smooth the top, and tap the pan on the counter once or twice to break any air bubbles. Bake until the top is golden-brown and a wooden skewer or toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs clinging to it, about 25 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan on a wire rack
  • Run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen the blondies, invert onto a cutting board, remove the pan and parchment, and flip right side up. Cut into 16 pieces and serve.

You can store the blondies, covered, at room temperature for up to 5 days.


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Reviews (6 reviews)

  • SweetcheeksKellner | 02/06/2016

    I literally cover my raisins with rum and let them sit in the fridge for a couple of days. Then reduce it all down till there's just a bit of syrupy rum in the bottom before cooling them in the freezer while I melt the butter down. Incredibly delicious! Friends have paid me to make these for them and they're so easy to make!

  • pokano | 07/15/2014

    An unusual bar cookie: like a cross between fruit cake and a blondie (brownie without chocolate). Like a fruit cake, it DEFINITELY tastes better after it sits: try a day or two later. Easy to make.

  • allsbrow | 04/29/2013

    Sweet, but sooo good.

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