Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Blondies Have More Fun

I am a sucker for a good old bar kind of cookie.....brownies, blondies, chocolate name it.....I'm generally going to be just fine with it!  In the past I would have said that my favorite is brownies, because Hello!  Who can say no to all of that chocolate-y goodness?  But, I don't think I really had explored the world of blondies until now......

This week I tried Dorie Greenspan's Chewy, Chunky Blondies (from Baking, From my home to yours)....and man are they good!  I've never had anything but a great dessert from one of her recipes, so I knew these were going to be a hit.  These things are packed with all sort of goodies.....chocolate chips.....walnuts.....coconut...and butterscotch chips or toffee bits.  So much yumminess!  According to Dorie, these guys will freeze well for up to 2 go ahead and make the full recipe (makes a 13x9 pan) and freeze some of these bad boys for later.

Chewy, Chunky Blondies
Adapted from Baking, From my home to yours

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups (packed) light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped into chips, or 1 cup store-bought chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips or Heath Toffee bits
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.  Butter a 13x9 inch baking dish or spray with nonstick cooking spray.  Place the dish on a baking sheet.

In a medium size bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy.  Add in both the granulated and the light brown sugar, and beat for several more minutes until well incorporated.  Add the eggs one at a time, waiting until the egg is fully incorporated before adding the next, then add in the vanilla.

Reduce the mixer's speed to low, and add the dry ingredients, and mix until just incorporated.  Using a rubber spatula or a wooden spoon, stir in the chocolate chips, nuts, and coconut.  Spread the batter evenly into the baking pan.

Bake for about 40 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center of the pan comes out clean.  The top of the blondies will turn a lovely honey brown color, and the sides will begin to pull away from the pan. Let cool completely before trying to cut, if you want to get clean edges.  But, really....are you honestly going to be able to wait?

I had meant to take these to a get together we were going to......but they never quite made it.....oops!!  Oh well.........I'll have to make it up to them next time!


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  1. I agree, there's nothing quite like the chewiness of a great bar.... and so versatile. Love the packaging, great idea!

  2. Well, I can't take it anymore, I must buy this book. I've seen it on so many blogs and the recipes always look delicious. It's on my Christmas wish list, but it's being moved up to my buy as soon as my paycheck arrives list. hehe

  3. I too love the packaging, so cute! I have Dorie's "Around My French Table" cookbook, and love every recipe in it. Have a great weekend:)

  4. These look wonderful and your photo is just beautiful!

  5. Too cute! All packaged up like you have it would make the CUTEST gift! Thanks so much for the inspiration!!
    Jade @ Sweet Baby {Mason} James

  6. Oooh, I love your picture! Mangoes and Chutney's Fat Camp Friday is now open! I would love if you stopped by and linked up some recipes!

  7. There are certain words that I like to use to describe my desserts - chewy and chunky would be two of them. I love blondies! These look delicious. Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  8. Hi Kristen,
    I just love your presentation of your Blondies. This is really a great recipe that we would enjoy. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again real soon! Hope you are having a great week end.
    Miz Helen

  9. Yes, chewy bars are so appealing and tasty. Glad you linked up at Joy of Desserts. :-) Have a great day.

  10. I just pinned this to Pinterest under my gotta try recipes!