Fighting Childhood Cancer with Brown Butter Banana Blondies for #OXOGoodCookies

by Dorothy Reinhold on September 29, 2014

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We home cooks like to think we’re good bakers, but it is so gratifying to also bake for good.

Whether you’re baking to raise money for your children’s school, your spiritual group or cause, or something larger than yourself and your own world, it feels good to make a difference by baking a difference.

I’m joining hundreds of others this month to bake in support of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a national non-profit that raises funds for research in new, improved treatments for pediatric cancer, the #1 disease killer of children in the U.S.

CFKC StickerOXO is donating $100 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer for every blog post dedicated to this campaign, so already we’re making a contribution. In addition, they’ll contribute 25 cents per sale of all their products labeled with this sticker.

It’s all part of OXO’s pledge to donate up to $100,000 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

Brown Butter Banana Blondies | ShockinglyDelicious.comTake a look at the box of utensils they sent, to help us bake for good. These are incredibly well-made tools, handy, practical and useful. Please keep your eye out for any OXO utensil package with this green sticker at participating retailers, and know that if you buy it, you’re contributing to a very worthy cause. Here’s a list of all of the specially stickered baking products.

Brown Butter Banana Blondies | ShockinglyDelicious.comBrown Butter Banana Blondies | ShockinglyDelicious.comBrown Butter Banana Blondies | ShockinglyDelicious.comBrown Butter Banana Blondies | ShockinglyDelicious.comThank you OXO, for encouraging us to bake a difference, and for putting your money where your mouth is.

Brown Butter Banana Blondies

Yield: 48 bars

Serving Size: 1-2 bars

Browned butter gives these a nutty undertone, in a deeply flavored banana bar that will satisfy blondie lovers.


  • 8 ounces (16 tablespoons) Kerrygold unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup mashed banana (from dead-black bananas)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour


  1. Turn oven on to 350F degrees.
  2. Unwrap butter and place in a saucepan. Use the butter wrapper to grease 2 8- by 8-inch pans.
  3. Brown the butter over medium heat: As it melts, it will foam up, and as it foams, it will gradually become a more golden color. Swirl the pot often, watching to make sure it doesn’t burn. When it begins to turn a darker golden color and you can smell a nutty smell, take it immediately off the heat.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer, add melted butter and sugar. Mix well for a minute or 2. Add banana, vanilla and salt and mix for another minute. Feel the batter and if it is too hot, allow to cool for a couple of minutes before proceeding, otherwise you might scramble the eggs. If batter is cool enough, add eggs and mix for another minute. Mix in flour just until incorporated; do not over mix.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake for 20-23 minutes, or until set in the middle. Remove from oven and cool pan on rack before cutting.
  6. Each pan will make about 24 bars, so 48 bars total.


Recipe source: Adapted from Smitten Kitchen, who adapted it from Mark Bittman’s “How to Cook Everything.”

Join me in following both OXO and Cookies for Kids’ Cancer on whatever social media platforms you prefer:

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And find all the Bake a Difference posts by searching for the hashtag #OXOGoodCookies

Disclosure: OXO sent a box of supplies for making cut-out cookies. Thank you for supporting them as we Bake a Difference. 

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Liz September 30, 2014 at 10:48 am

A beautiful recipe. Thanks so much. Blondies are a favorite.


Dorothy Reinhold October 2, 2014 at 10:27 am

Great to see you here again!


Sharon | Cheesy Pennies September 29, 2014 at 1:29 pm

These look perfect for after school snacks. And for a great cause, too. Thanks, Dorothy!


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