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Test Kitchen Approved

Ras el Hanout Blondies

Recipe By Deborah Greene


12 servings

Prep Time

10 Minutes

Cooking Time

25 Minutes

Recipe By Deborah Greene

The Moroccan spices in Ras el Hanout give these sweet dessert bars a savory twist.

Recipe Notes

*To use vanilla beans: split beans in half lengthwise and scrape seeds out from pod with the back of a knife. Use empty pods to make homemade vanilla extract or flavor homemade vanilla sugar.


3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter

1 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed

1/4 cup vegetable oil

2 eggs

1 vanilla bean of choice*:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

2 cups pecans, toasted and rough chopped

2 Tbsp. turbinado sugar

Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe

  • Madagascar Vanilla Bean Paste

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  • Madagascar Vanilla Beans

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  • Mexican Vanilla Beans

    Our Mexican Vanilla Beans are Grade A, the highest quality. Grade A beans, which are also known as gourmet or prime quality, are plump and pliable....

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  • Ugandan Vanilla Beans

    Ugandan vanilla beans are a premium quality. These beans are plump, pliable, succulent, and flavorful. The purchase of these beans supports local f...

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  • Ras el Hanout

    Our Ras el Hanout seasoning blend is exquisite – or shall we say, the "head of the shop." Ras el Hanout is a must-have ingredient for making classi...

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  • Fine Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

    This pink salt is believed to be quite possibly the most ancient of all sea salts. Dried up ancient oceans have left salt beds hundreds of feet dee...

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease the bottom of a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper. Melt butter in a medium pan over medium heat, stirring constantly for 3 to 4 min., or until fragrant and golden brown. Transfer browned butter to a large mixing bowl and allow to cool to room temperature. Add brown sugar, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla of choice to browned butter and whisk for 2 to 3 min., or until fluffy and lighter in color. In a separate medium bowl, whisk flour, 2 Tbsp. Ras el Hanout, baking powder, and Mayan Sea Salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, stirring until just combined. Fold in pecans and press dough evenly into prepared baking pan. Mix sugar and 2 tsp. Ras El Hanout in a small bowl and sprinkle over blondie dough. Bake for 25 to 30 min., or until golden brown and an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 to 15 min. before removing from pan and cutting into squares for serving.