Easy and Chewy Vanilla Brownies Recipe Without Chocolate

In the mood for something sweet, but not chocolate? Give these vanilla brownies a try! They are a delicious chocolate brownie alternative!

Satisfy your sweet tooth, but skip the chocolate with these unique and easy homemade brownies. Vanilla brownies have all the texture of a chocolate brownie but without the chocolate. They are full of rich vanilla flavor and sweet white chocolate. If you love the chewy texture of a classic brownie but prefer vanilla then this fudgy vanilla brownie recipe is for you!

Three Vanilla Brownies stacked on top of each other on a small wooden serving board.

Try this homemade brownie recipe as a sweet dessert for your next celebration. Vanilla lovers will go crazy for them!

What is the Difference Between a Vanilla Brownie and a Blondie?

The biggest difference between a vanilla brownie and a blondie is the texture. These vanilla brownies have the same texture as a fudgy brownie. Blondies typically have a more cake-like consistency. They use more eggs, flour, and usually baking soda. 

Both blondies and vanilla brownies substitute brown sugar and vanilla for cocoa powder and chocolate. These vanilla brownies use light brown sugar. This results in a light golden brown color and rich flavor. A traditional Blondies recipe calls for dark brown sugar for a more molasses taste.

Ingredients for Vanilla Brownies

  • Butter – Salted butter softened to room temperature is best because it eliminates the need for additional salt in the recipe.
  • Granulated White Sugar
  • Light Brown Sugar – If you prefer a more molasses taste you could use dark brown sugar, but that will darken the color of the brownies.
  • Vanilla – Use pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste for this recipe. The paste has a slightly stronger flavor and will leave vanilla bean flecks in the brownies.
  • Eggs
  • All Purpose Flour
  • White Chocolate Chips – White chocolate chips add more sweetness and the best flavor to these vanilla brownies. However, they are sometimes difficult to find. The Private Selection brand at Kroger carries white chocolate chips if you have a Kroger nearby! Feel free to substitute with white or vanilla baking chips. White baking chips are not white chocolate. For something to earn the label of “chocolate” it needs to contain cocoa butter. White baking chips contain hydrogenated oil rather than cocoa butter. The two have a similar flavor and can be used interchangeably in this recipe.
Vanilla Brownies cut into squares on white parchment paper.

How to Make Vanilla Brownies

If you love the texture of brownies but could do without the chocolate, then you’ll love these vanilla brownies. This is the best chewy Vanilla Brownie recipe for vanilla fans.

Step One – First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Step Two – Next, combine room-temperature butter, granulated sugar, light brown sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl. Use an electric hand mixer or stand mixer to completely blend the sugar and butter until it reaches a smooth consistency. This technique is called “creaming.”

Step Three – Then stir the eggs into the creamed butter and sugar. Stir by hand until well combined.

Step Four – Next, add the dry ingredients, the flour, to the wet ingredients. Mix by hand, or with a mixer, until the flour is well incorporated. Many recipes use a flour mixture with baking powder, but I skip that ingredient to make fudgier blonde brownies.

Tips for Fudgey Brownies

Ingredients like eggs, baking powder, and flour typically give brownies a more cake-like consistency. If you’re like me and prefer brownies that are slightly cake-like but have a gooey, fudgy texture as well, follow these tips:

  • Use less flour
  • Skip the baking powder
  • Bake for less time

Step Five – Finally, add white baking chips to the batter and stir. The baking chips add a touch more sweetness to these brownies.

Vanilla Brownies stacked vertically on a wooden serving board.

Step Six – Pour the vanilla brownie batter into an 8×8 prepared pan. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 35 – 40 minutes. The longer brownies bake, the more they rise. So if you prefer more cake-like brownies bake for 40 minutes. For fudgier brownies, stick to 35 minutes.

The Best Way to Line a Brownie Pan

First, lightly spray an 8×8 baking pan with cooking oil. I like to use coconut oil, but whatever you prefer is fine. Then, cut two pieces of parchment paper into 8″x14″ strips. Lay one piece of parchment paper inside the baking pan horizontally. Then lay the other vertically. The parchment paper should form a cross shape and cover all four sides of the pan.

Step Seven – When the brownies finish baking, allow them to cool for 10-15 minutes. Then grab the edges of the bottom layer of parchment paper and lift out the brownies. You may top these Vanilla Brownies with a creamy vanilla frosting or vanilla glaze if you wish. However, I prefer plain brownies with a crackly top.

Step Eight – Allow the brownies to cool thoroughly before slicing them into squares and serving. Then serve them with a scoop of ice cream or by themselves.

How to Store Vanilla Brownies

Store vanilla brownies at room temperature in an airtight container. Or wrap them tightly in plastic wrap. They should last 5 days to a week. That means these brownies are great for baking ahead of time!

This super easy recipe for Vanilla Brownies is the perfect dessert for many occasions. Everyone will be licking the moist crumbs off their plates!

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Vanilla Brownies

In the mood for something sweet, but not chocolate? Give these vanilla brownies a try! They are a delicious chocolate brownie alternative!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Baked Goods
Servings 16 brownies


  • hand or stand mixer
  • 8×8 baking pan
  • parchment paper


  • 3/4 cup butter room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup white baking chips


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine room-temperature butter, sugar, light brown sugar, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Use a mixer if desired.
  • Stir in 3 whole eggs.
  • Slowly stir flour into the wet ingredients.
  • Stir in the white baking chips.
  • Pour the brownie batter into a greased and lined 8×8 baking pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
  • Remove finished brownies from the oven and allow to cool for 20 – 30 minutes.
  • After they cool fully, cut them into pieces and enjoy!
Keyword brownies, vanilla brownies

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