Salted Beer Caramel Topped Blondies

Salted Beer Caramel Topped Blondies_

I was in a port town in Greece, waiting for a boat to take me back to Italy, when I decided to spend the last bit of money I had with me on Baklava. This was the moment I realized how important food had become to me. I had just spent my last year of college working three jobs in order to save enough money to buy a plane ticket to Europe and hope that my Europe On A Shoestring guide book would get me through the trip with enough money leftover to make my first student loan payment when I got home. Like any great obsession, there is very little choice in the matter. It either grabs you or it doesn’t, and it often isn’t until it’s too late that you see that the shark has your leg.

A side effect of this affliction is an extraordinary fixations that it creates. Sometimes it’s a dish. Sometimes it’s an ingredient. Sometimes its a cooking method.

I have in no way been saved from these fixations. It’s gnocchi, and goat cheese, and roasted chicken, and the perfect dinner rolls, and caramel, and so many more.

I started making caramel a few years ago, it’s simple. You just need a candy thermometer and the patience not to walk away, since that will always be the moment the sugar burns. Caramel has become an obsession, what I can put in it, or on it, or with it, or how many times I can make it during Christmas before people start to roll their eyes.

Don’t leave me alone with sugar and a pot. You never know what you’ll come back too, but it’ll probably be a dark amber color and taste like beer.

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Salted Beer Caramel Topped Blondies


    For the Blondies Layer:
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg plus 1 yolk
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbs stout beer
  • 1 ¼ cup bread flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • For the Caramel Layer
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup stout plus 1 tbs, divided
  • 2 tsp Maldon sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Make the Blondies layer: In the bowl of a stand mixer with a whisk attachment add the 1/2 cup butter and 1 cup brown sugar, beat on high until well combined.
  3. Add the egg, yolk and vanilla extract, mix until well combined, light and fluffy.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons stout, stir until combined.
  5. Sprinkle the flour and salt over the butter mixture, stir until combined.
  6. Spread evenly into a greased 8X8 baking pan.
  7. Bake at 350 for 22-25 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Allow to cool completely.
  8. In a pot over high heat add the butter, brown sugar, white sugar, corn syrup, heavy cream and ¼ cup stout. Stir until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved.
  9. Allow to boil until a dark caramel color and reached 248 degrees on a candy thermometer, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in the remaining 1 tablespoons beer. Allow to cool for ten minutes.
  10. Pour caramel over the blondies layer, chill until set, about 3 hours. Sprinkle with sea salt just before serving.


14 thoughts on “Salted Beer Caramel Topped Blondies

  1. Sounds wonderful! I was just debating which I want more chocolate or caramel, caramel definitely wins and I will be making these soon!

  2. My mouth is watering and now I feel like I need to go walk on the treadmill. Insane. Want. Now.

  3. This looks amazing!! Just wondering what pan size you used for the blondies??
    Would love to try this recipe!

  4. I need to go to Italy with you. Pretty sure you would insure we had an amazing and delicious time!! 🙂

    Love the blondies and the caramel is genius!

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