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Almond Frangipane Blondies

Can you imagine if you combined two legendary baked goods: almond croissants and blondies? Let me introduce you to almond frangipane blondies.

Frangipane Blondies

You know the gooey, almond-filled delicious inside of an almond croissant? That is frangipane, and it’s basically almond gold.

This almond frangipane blondies recipe – which has half a million views on TikTok – is inspired by the almond croissant. It takes that heavenly frangipane filling and combines it with a tender vanilla blondie. These frangipane blondies are chewy on the outside, fudgy in the center and have the perfect balance of almond and vanilla.

Your friends have probably never tasted frangipane blondies before. But let me tell you, I’ve never gotten more “oh my goodnesses” of surprise over a dessert before. My fiance and I eat half the pan in a day whenever I make these. This is one of the most popular recipes on the blog and one of my personal all-time favorite recipes for a reason.

Get ready for your new FAVORITE blondies recipe — almond frangipane blondies.

Frangipane Blondies

What are blondies? Aren’t they the same as a cookie bar?

For a long time, I didn’t really get blondies. Weren’t they just a cookie bar? And why would anyone want a blondie when they could have a brownie or a cookie? Luckily I now have a full appreciation for blondies. And honestly I think they are one of the more underrated desserts with a lot of great flavor combination possibilities.

A blondie is basically the vanilla version of a brownie. It has the soft and gooey texture of a brownie and is satisfyingly rich and buttery. But instead of being all about chocolate like a brownie, it has the warm nostalgia of vanilla.

Okay, so what is frangipane?

Frangipane is a French almond paste that sounds fancy but is ridiculously easy to make and oh so flavorful. It was created in the 16th century by French pastry chefs, who were inspired by an almond-scented perfume an Italian nobleman created to perfume gloves in Paris. The nobleman’s name was Frangipani, hence frangipane.

As a fun fact, Halsey’s real name is Ashley Nicolette Frangipane. So IMO the odds she descends from almond royalty are fairly high.

Frangipane is so easy to make and is a great addition to any baker’s repertoire. You can make it in one bowl without a hand mixer. It comes together similar to cookie dough: you cream together softened butter and sugar with a fork, add an egg, vanilla and almond extracts, and then stir in almond flour and salt.

How to make frangipane blondies

To make frangipane blondies, you’ll make a small batch of frangipane and an easy blondie batter in separate bowls. You press down the blondie batter in a greased or parchment-lined baking tin and spread the frangipane on top.

You can top the blondies with sliced almonds before baking if you’d like. I like adding them so folks know what they’re biting into, but my fiance prefers them without so that they don’t distract from the fudgy texture of the blondies.

When baked, the blondie batter and almond cream combine together so you get the chewy, gooeyness of a blondie and that bangin’ flavor of almond frangipane.

Once the blondies cool, top them with powdered sugar and take a bite into pure joy. I’m not even exaggerating.

What ingredients do I need for this almond blondies recipe?

The frangipane and blondie batter use a lot of the same ingredients and most are already in your pantry. But here’s what to check before hitting the grocery store!

Tips for the best frangipane blondies

If you’re now in your frangipane era or your blondies era

These are some other great frangipane recipes and blondies recipes from me and folks I admire!

If you make these almond frangipane blondies, please leave a rating and review below. Follow along and for new recipes on Instagram or TikTok at @loaves.and.such! Happy baking and have fun!

Almond Frangipane Blondies

Recipe rating: 4.1 from 156 votes
Servings

9

large blondies or 16 small blondies
Prep time

30

minutes
Baking time

30

minutes
Total time

1

hour 

Can you imagine if you combined two legendary baked goods: almond croissants and blondies? These almond frangipane blondies swirl frangipane filling on top of a tender blondie batter for a fudgy, almond-filled dessert.

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Ingredients

  • For the Frangipane
  • 4 TBS. (57 grams) unsalted butter, softened

  • 1/3 cup (66 grams) granulated sugar

  • 1 egg, at room temperature

  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

  • 1/4 tsp. almond extract

  • 2/3 cup (66 grams) almond flour

  • Pinch of kosher or sea salt

  • For the Blondies
  • 1 1/2 sticks (170 grams) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly

  • 1 1/4 cups (265 grams) brown sugar

  • 1 egg and 1 egg yolk, at room temperature

  • 1 1/2 TBS. vanilla extract

  • 1/4 tsp. almond extract

  • Scant 1 tsp. kosher salt or another coarse salt

  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder

  • 1 1/4 cup (150 grams) all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 cup (25 grams) almond flour

  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds (optional, to top)

  • Powdered sugar (optional, to top)

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • First, make the frangipane. Add the softened butter and sugar together in a medium bowl. Cream together with a fork until it’s pale in color, two to three minutes.

    Add the egg, vanilla extract and almond extract and mix. Add the almond flour and salt and stir to bring together into a paste.
  • Now, we’ll make the blondie batter. In a large, separate bowl, add the brown sugar and melted butter and whisk until they’re fully combined. Whisk in the egg and egg yolk, vanilla extract, almond extract, baking powder and salt. Fold in the flour and almond flour until the batter is just pulled together. Make sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl so no dry ingredients are left out.
  • Line an 8×8 tin with parchment paper (or grease with spray or butter). Spread the blondie batter onto the bottom of the pan. Spread the frangipane in an even layer on top (an offset spatula is helpful with this). Using a butter knife, run four lines in one direction, rotate the pan and run four lines in the other direction so you get a grid pattern. Bring up a little batter as you go to slightly combine the layers. Sprinkle sliced almonds on top if you’re using them.
  • Bake for 33-40 minutes until the edges are brown and caramelized and the top is slightly browned. The top may have some browned spots, but not be completely dark.
  • Let cool, then top with powdered sugar if you’d like (I do just a little so they’re not too sweet) and slice. I love these fresh from the oven, but think they’re even more fudgy and delicious when they’ve cooled. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for three days and then stick in the fridge for four more days (if they even last that long!).

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Notes

  • Some people have liked adding a little more almond extract to the blondie batter. If you’re an absolute almond fiend, feel free to increase the almond extract to 1/2 tsp!

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