Cardamom Coffee Blondies

These sultry Cardamom Coffee Blondies are worlds away from your standard  chocolate chip blondie, with smokey undertones of espresso and the sensuous aroma of cardamom ~ but all that just makes them just a little more mysterious.

A stack of cardamom and coffee dirty blondies

cardamom and coffee blondies are a sophisticated treat

But don’t worry, they still have the familiar brown sugar and butter crumb of a thick, slightly under baked cookie, the melted pockets of chocolate chips, and a crackled crust with that classic golden sheen. I’m just saying these aren’t your basic bake sale blondies…they’re definitely a little more worldly, but I think you’ll agree that isn’t such a bad thing.

what you’ll need for these blondies

You already know I love the coffee plus cardamom combination. You’ve seen it in my Turkish coffee, truffles, and pound cake, but there are so many other ways to enjoy these flavors, I’m driven to keep experimenting.

  • butter
  • brown sugar
  • granulated sugar
  • instant espresso
  • cardamom
  • eggs
  • flour
  • chocolate chips
  • vanilla
  • baking soda and salt

here’s just something about a blondie

I love those adorable Shar Pei rumples they get along the edges of the pan. They signify a super thin crust and a rich, moist interior. And how about the way the dark chocolate chips barely peek through the thin crust? No other dessert can match it, it’s sheer heaven.

tips and faqs for baking blondies

How do you know when a blondie is done?

Great question. Just like with brownies, our standard methods aren’t very useful. If you stick a toothpick into a perfectly done blondie, chances are you’ll come out with a little goo. With blondies there’s a little guesswork involved, but better to under-bake than to over-bake. My advice is to stick with the recipe directions, but definitely check that your oven temperature is accurate with an inexpensive oven thermometer. It’s worth its weight in gold.

What should the texture of a blondie be?

You might get different answers from different folks, but I want my blondies to be rich and dense, not at all cakey. My recipe includes a little bit of baking soda to give the batter a subtle lift, but the overall texture is moist and chewy.

Can I freeze blondies?

Blondies freeze beautifully. Be sure to let them cool completely, then wrap in plastic, then in foil. They’ll keep for 3 months in the freezer.

cardamom and coffee blondies

Check out my other blondie recipes here. I’ve got lots to choose from!

A stack of cardamom and coffee dirty blondies
4.64 from 22 votes

Cardamom Coffee Dirty Blondies

These sultry Cardamom Coffee Blondies are worlds away from your standard  chocolate chip blondie, with smokey undertones of espresso and the sensuous aroma of cardamom ~ but all that just makes them just a little more mysterious.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 12 blondies
Calories 452kcal
Author Sue Moran


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 heaping Tbsp instant espresso powder
  • 1 heaping Tbsp ground cardamom
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 10 oz bag bittersweet chocolate chips


  • Set oven to 350F
  • Cream the butter, espresso powder, cardamom and sugars together until fluffy. About 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Beat the eggs in, one at a time. Then the vanilla.
  • Whisk the flour, soda and salt together and then add to the eggs and butter, mixing just until combined.
  • Mix in the chocolate chips.
  • Spread the batter (it will be thick) into a 9×13 glass baking dish, lined with parchment (or greased).
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes. Don’t over bake. They’ll be wrinkled a bit around the edges, and a little bit of squooshyness inside is a good thing.
  • Cool before cutting. (or don’t)


Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 328mg | Potassium: 212mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 515IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 2mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
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    May 10, 2015 at 10:07 am

    5 stars
    When you posted this, I knew I was in trouble. I dearly love blondies and when I saw the addition of cardamom, which I love, and espresso, I was ready to bake it immediately. I waited until last night and now my husband and I cut off a piece every time we walk by them. I need to quickly give a good bunch away, since we can’t keep our hands off of them.

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      May 10, 2015 at 12:36 pm

      I love this, Cathy! I truly love these blondies, too. The flavors are so smokey and complex, you’ve made me want to bake up a batch again today 🙂

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    November 28, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Can someone please explain to me what instant espresso powder is? I’m aware of instant coffee and ground espresso beans, but instant espresso is new to me. Thanks!

    • Reply
      November 28, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      Instant espresso is just like instant coffee, but it’s espresso. I like it because it dissolves smoothly into recipes, where ground espresso beans will be grittier. You should find instant espresso right in your regular coffee section.

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    Glan Deas
    May 1, 2013 at 10:23 am

    5 stars
    Your blog just came to me when i was searching for a really delicious coffee cake and you just saved my relationship.

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    April 18, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    5 stars
    Those look and sound amazing. I am going to try these this weekend. Can’t wait to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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    Finn Felton
    April 3, 2013 at 5:20 am

    Oh my God, what a delicious looking cardamom coffee blondies! I could die for having a single bite of it.

  • Reply
    March 19, 2013 at 6:34 am

    5 stars
    Yummy! I love your post… I want to make this soon… Thanks for sharing.

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    March 11, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    5 stars
    I seriously can not recall the last time I ran into the kitchen to make something after pinning it not 2 minutes. I ran like heck though after reading this recipe. I am a giant cardamom fan and was super nervous about using a full tablespoon but WoooooooW are these amazing..uh-ma-zing! the blondie is perfectly chewy around the edges with an awesome gooey soft center. These are awesome warm from the oven and are just as good cooled..but I love them warm 🙂 thank you so much for this recipe. My husband and two sons couldn’t get enough..We literally cleaned the pan in no

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      Sue/the view from great island
      May 1, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      So glad you tried them and liked them, Sonya. I love cardamom too, and I think most Western recipes really skimp on spices!

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    Mary Younkin
    March 9, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    I’ve been thinking about these ever since I saw them on FB the other morning. I need them to happen in my kitchen soon. Cardamom and coffee are already amazing together, so these sound fantastic!

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    shannon weber
    March 9, 2013 at 4:44 am

    You know, this may be surprising, but i have had not so much luck finding a blondie i really can get behind. So many of them end up so cloyingly sweet and i have a difficult time with that. But all that espresso powder, and cardamom, and the chocolate chips to balance it all out? I think i could do this one; i think this may be the blondie recipe that makes me like blondies.

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    The Café Sucré Farine
    March 8, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Oh my, you certainly have me drooling this morning. I’ve never baked much with cardamon, I have it in my head that I don’t like it but you have me convinced to definitely give it another try! That melting chocolate is enough to make me cry that we live thousands of miles apart!

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