Whiskey Walnut Blondies

by jenna on January 14, 2013

Good morning!

I am so excited to be a part of my blogging buddy, Christina’s, virtual bridal shower this morning! A “virtual” bridal shower is just exactly how it sounds — a bunch of us all made recipes that we think Christina would love in real life and we are sharing them on our blogs this morning. It’s so fun to see what everyone came up with and at the end of this post, I’ll include links to all the recipes! I want, like, five of everything.

Christina is a Southern girl and that’s why I’m 110% sure she would both appreciate and love these whiskey walnut blondies. Folks, I’m not going to lie — I had a bit of a heavy hand with the whiskey last week. If you don’t like whiskey, I’m not exactly sure this dessert for you. But in my opinion, the combination of whiskey, brown sugar, brown butter and walnuts is a force to be reckoned with. And if you’re not sure you like whiskey….well then, you’ll learn to like whiskey. I actually did not like whiskey at all until about six months ago. I think I had one too many bourbon and diet cokes in college. But my lovely betrothed has taken up mixology as of late {bourbon in particular}, and, thus, I’ve fallen under the whiskey spell by association.

Plus, how could anything with brown butter be bad? Just try it!

Oh beautiful, glorious liquid from heaven above! Brown butter has my heart and soul….forever and ever, amen.

And pouring brown butter over brown sugar then adding whiskey? I don’t think I have to go into all the details on how amazing my little kitchen smelled while mixing these up. I think you get the point.

They were a nice change of pace from brownies and full of chew, just the way I like ’em. I was worried I added a little too much booze {let’s be honest – the batter tasted quite alcoholic} but I deemed the final product perfection. The alcohol bakes out, anyway, and just leaves the caramel vanilla-like flavor behind.

Congratulations, Christina!!! You are going to make a beautiful bride. Now without further ado, here are the rest of the virtual bridal shower recipes to drool upon at work today!

Strawberry Macarons from Krissy
White Wedding Cake Cupcakes from Julie
Mini  “I Do”-nuts from Tara
Moon Pie Cake from Madison
Brown Butter Snickerdoodles from Joanne
Lemon Cupcakes with Sweet Tea Frosting from Kristan
Chocolate Covered Cheerios from Shelly
Mini Coconut Cream Pies from Megan
Sweet and Salty Party Cookies from Lauren

Whiskey Walnut Blondies

adapted from Heath Bar Blondies

yields about 16 blondies

Print this Recipe!


1 stick butter

1 cup packed dark brown sugar

1 egg

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp whiskey {I like Makers Mark}

1 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup roughly chopped walnuts


Preheat your oven to 350 and butter an 8-inch square pan.

Brown your butter by melting it over medium heat on the stove until it becomes a golden caramel color (see here for more tips). Be careful not to burn the butter—you only want to brown it. This will take several minutes and it’s easiest to keep swirling the pan with your hand while it browns.

Pour the browned butter into the bowl of a kitchen aid and add the brown sugar. Beat for about four minutes, until creamy. Add the egg and beat again. Then, add the flour, salt, whiskey and vanilla extract. Beat until combined.

Fold in the chopped walnuts. Spread out mixture in your buttered pan and bake for 25 minutes, or until edges begin to pull away from the sides of the pan.

Let cool before slicing into squares.


35 minutes

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{ 54 comments… read them below or add one }

megan @ whatmegansmaking January 14, 2013 at 3:43 am

I have to be honest and say I’ve never put whiskey in anything, but these do sound really good 🙂


Lauren at Keep It Sweet January 14, 2013 at 4:12 am

These are SO perfect for Christina’s shower! My husband is a huge fan of bourbon so he might really like these blondies!


Madison January 14, 2013 at 4:32 am

These sound awesome and can probably be made a number of ways with liquors and nuts…say amaretto almond blondies? 🙂 Thanks for sharing–cannot wait to give these a try!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 14, 2013 at 4:35 am

What a cute idea for a shower!! I’m in the ‘not sure I like whiskey’ camp, but I’m pretty confident these brownies would sway me to the ‘I like whiskey’ side. Off to check out the other recipes now!


Michelle @ Eat Move Balance January 14, 2013 at 4:44 am

These sound dangerously good! Whiskey brings such a great depth of sweetness…yum! Paired with walnuts in a blondie–great idea!


Madison @ Espresso and Cream January 14, 2013 at 4:44 am

What a great dessert, Jenna! I can’t imagine a better treat for Christina’s shower. 🙂


DessertForTwo January 14, 2013 at 5:00 am

Jenna!! Oh gosh, thank you SO much! You’re so sweet! I’m in happy tears over here reading all of y’all’s recipes created just for me. And how did you know I’ve been having a heavy hand with the whiskey all throughout wedding planning? 😉 You too? 😉

Love ya!
xoxo x a million,


shelly (cookies and cups) January 14, 2013 at 5:06 am

Whiskey for breakfast please! These look amazing!


Molly @ RDexposed January 14, 2013 at 5:38 am

I can see the new college trend is to make alcoholic batter for parties! “I’ll bring the blondie batter! Wink, wink.”


Robin January 14, 2013 at 6:03 am

I have recently discovered maple whiskey and because of that, I am becoming a whiskey lover! I wonder if maple whiskey would taste good in this recipe?! Think I will give it a go!


Vid Luther January 14, 2013 at 6:20 am

This sounds awesome!


joelle (on a pink typewriter) January 14, 2013 at 6:21 am

What a fun idea! And booze in a baked good is always a good call.


Vid Lutherfirefox January 14, 2013 at 6:22 am

I can’t wait to try these.


Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough January 14, 2013 at 6:46 am

Whiskey and walnuts and browned butter, OH MY. Yum!


Elizabeth January 14, 2013 at 6:48 am

These sound delicious!! Thanks for sharing.


Janet Rudolph @ DyingforChocolate January 14, 2013 at 6:59 am

These sound amazing. Can’t wait to try


Julie @ Table for Two January 14, 2013 at 7:02 am

I love this! The whiskey incorporation into these blondies is pure genius 🙂


Cookbook Queen January 14, 2013 at 7:11 am

Dessert and drinkity drink in one bar? Yeeeeeesss please.


Cassie | Bake Your Day January 14, 2013 at 7:19 am

These are so perfect for Christina! Great idea, Jenna.


Jenna January 14, 2013 at 7:43 am

Yum these look fantastic


Jenn January 14, 2013 at 7:43 am

These look totally delicious. They’re already pinned!
With Luck


Jenny @ BAKE January 14, 2013 at 7:56 am

these are sound so good! you can’t get enough whiskey in things!


Carley January 14, 2013 at 8:16 am

What a way to start the week :)!!! Thank you for sharing. Now I just need to buy some whiskey.


a farmer in the dell January 14, 2013 at 8:17 am

I am a fan of whiskey. These look fantastic!


thelittleloaf January 14, 2013 at 8:28 am

Heaven in a blondie! I love the combination of whiskey and walnuts and can imagine the slight bitterness just cuts through all that blondie sweetness.


Ashley W January 14, 2013 at 8:52 am

I’ve been following you for a while, but this is my first time saying hi! These look divine and I can’t wait to make them for my brother. He’s been having a tough time and I’m sure these will bring a smile to his face because he loves all things whiskey. Thanks for the recipe!
Any chance you’ll pick back up on cooking through your grandmother’s recipe box? I loved reading all the stories that went with them and the recipes were so fun and unique.


Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray January 14, 2013 at 9:39 am

Love that you used whiskey in these–as I’m sure Christina does! 🙂 And brown butter…oh, it’s stolen my heart. Yum!!


Caroline L. January 14, 2013 at 9:43 am

I love virtual parties! So fun! 🙂 These look amazingly addicting…


Marie January 14, 2013 at 10:17 am

Great recipe, but Maker’s Mark is whisky, not whiskey! It’s an important distinction to people who drink it. =)


Mary @ The Kitchen Paper January 14, 2013 at 11:00 am

holy cow – I can only imagine how amazing brown butter + brown sugar + whiskey smelled! I really may have to make these ASAP, they sound SO GOOD!


Joanne January 14, 2013 at 12:16 pm

I’m pretty much only down with whiskey and bourbon in baked good form. So these sound pretty glorious to me! Besides, what’s a bridal shower without a little alcohol, eh?


Averie @ Averie Cooks January 14, 2013 at 1:09 pm

I use a similar recipe when I make blondies – except I’ve only ever added dried fruit, choc chips, white chocolate, toffee bits, sprinkles….I think whiskey needs to be next. They look great!


Krissy's Creations January 14, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Only a true Southern girl would know what to make for Christina’s shower :). These look delish!


Kim @ The Family Practice Blog January 14, 2013 at 3:38 pm

I want one of these right now!


abby January 14, 2013 at 4:36 pm

My husband loves whiskey, so I definitely have to make these for him!


Elizabeth Ann January 14, 2013 at 5:18 pm

I’m your newest follower! 🙂 LOVING your about me page and that Christ is your EVERyTHINg! 🙂


Emily @ Life on Food January 14, 2013 at 6:24 pm

And I just had a dessert but am drooling over these. Lovely!


Ashley@cupcakesncrunches January 14, 2013 at 6:26 pm

My mouth is watering!

And I love the idea of a virtual bridal shower! How creative and fun!


Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl January 14, 2013 at 6:42 pm

These look amazing. I have never been a big whiskey fan, but I am pretty sure that I would definitely enjoy it in this form!! 🙂


Alex @ Healthy Life Happy Wife January 14, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Omigosh! These look so good! & I loveeeee whiskey!

What a cute idea – virtual bridal shower! & all those recipes sound great!


deva at deva by definition January 14, 2013 at 7:53 pm

These sound divine! Confession: I live in Northern Kentucky. I have never had Maker’s. My fiance and I are planning to change that this year. Perhaps for Valentine’s Day our our Engagement-versary..


Julia {The Roasted Root} January 14, 2013 at 9:08 pm

This is such a treat! All these desserts look fabulous and I bet your blondies turned out spectacularly.


Azzina January 15, 2013 at 4:14 am

Now this would be my birthday treat to my alcoholic friends. Definitely would try before my birthday. Thanks for introduction.
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Laurie {Simply Scratch} January 15, 2013 at 6:40 am

These look and sound utterly insane! LOVE!


Kimberly @ Kimberly's Treats January 15, 2013 at 6:55 am

These look amazing!!! But I just have to say, as a Kentucky girl, Makers Mark is bourbon. I know bourbon is a type of whiskey, but calling it whiskey just makes it sound a little less fancy. And you know bourbon is fancy and makes for a great addition in this wonderful dessert!

It’s kind of like calling a square, a rectangle. Hopefully you follow my logic (it’s difficult I know) 🙂


Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen January 15, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Holy moly. I love whiskey and bourbon, and I especially love baking with them! These look fantastic!


Kate @ Kate's Whole Plate January 15, 2013 at 5:58 pm

HOLY YUM. I have got to try these!! Look dangerous to keep around!


Leila January 16, 2013 at 12:31 pm

TWO tablespoons???? honey we’ve got a different definition of “boozy.” i once made a batch of fruitcake muffins that took up an entire bottle of rum……. granted, they were kind of disgusting 😉 i have a feeling this recipe will be better, have added it to my bookmarks.


Claire January 17, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Love the name, and the final result! 25 minutes wasn’t quite enough time in my oven, so ended up baking an extra 5 minutes or so. Though there wasn’t any distinct whiskey/ boozy taste, the browned butter with the brown sugar was excellent. They were great room temperature, but I liked them even better cold from the refrigerator. Thanks for the recipe!


Meg O'Brien January 18, 2013 at 6:14 pm

I can’t wait to make these (minus the nuts) and drizzled with Pioneer Woman’s whiskey maple cream sauce! Yum!


Natalia January 20, 2013 at 12:10 pm

omg I am speechless . . . delicious cannot even describe these bars. I am in love and I feel like my life is complete.
ps – I feel like this is a great dessert to when a man’s heart with.


Natalia January 20, 2013 at 12:14 pm



Sarah V January 25, 2013 at 11:04 am

Made these the other night – they were fantastic!


lee October 13, 2013 at 1:11 pm

I am going to try this recipe using the Crown Royal maple whiskey and add a touch of maple syrup


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