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Walnut Chai Spiced Blondies on a wooden board with cinnamon sugar.

Walnut & Chai Spiced Blondies

These chai spiced blondies, dotted with walnuts, are soft, chewy and delightfully spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg and pepper.
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Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Servings: 16 blondies
Calories: 250kcal
Author: Mary-Lou


  • 160 grams butter
  • 100 grams caster sugar
  • 100 grams brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • teaspoons ground cardamom
  • ¾ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 160 grams flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt table
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 75 grams walnuts lightly toasted and chopped


  • Preheat oven to 180°C/ 160°C fan assisted. Grease and line a 9"x9" (22cm x 22cm) square tin using the sling method (see image below with blondie batter in the tin).
  • Melt the butter in a heat-proof bowl in the microwave. Add in the sugars, and whisk together. Then pop the butter-sugar mixture back into the microwave for 30 seconds, whisk again and repeat 2 times. When you are done the sugar will have dissolved into the butter, and the mixture will have thickened. Allow to butter mixture to cool a bit. Add in the spices and vanilla extract. Whisk through. Add the eggs and whisk vigorously for at least a minute.
  • Add the flour, salt and baking powder and stir through until just mixed. Add the walnuts and stir through. Pour into the prepared tin, give a few good bangs on the kitchen counter to remove air bubbles and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the chai spiced blondie bar has just set.
  • Allow the blondie to cool in the tin for 30 minutes before lifting out using the baking paper slings and cool completely on a wired rack. Slice into 16 to 25 pieces, serve and enjoy!


Have your favourite spice blend - whether it is chai spice, pumpkin spice, or even a hot-cross bun mix you like? You can substitute out the spices with 4 ½ teaspoons of your own spice blend.
These walnuts can be replaced with pecans or almonds. Alternatively, white or milk chocolate would also be great in this recipe.
Walnut skins can taste bitter, to remove skins once toasted, place the warm nuts in a clean tea towel and rub gently to remove the skins.
After baking I sprinkled some cinnamon sugar (1 tablespoon caster sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon) over the blondies to make them a bit more interesting for the photos, they are pretty darn good by themselves, but if you want an extra little sweet and spicey kick, sprinkle them with some cinnamon sugar.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g

Nutrition information is an estimate. If scaling the recipe remember to scale your cook and bakeware accordingly.

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Course :Bars and Slices
Cuisine :Global