Jul 21, 2010
Hillary

Blondies

Blondies: The naked brownie!

What do you get when you combine brown sugar, melted butter, white chocolate semi-sweet chocolate and a few other ingredients? A naked brownie that would also be known as the amazing blondie!! My mom used to make these for us all the time for our weekly dessert! I’d take it out at lunch and all the kids would ask me what it was. It’s kind of perplexing. See, it almost has the consistency of a brownie, but it’s lighter and really you want to lean more towards a chocolate chip cookie in bar form? There’s no icing, again why it’s a “naked” brownie and the consistency is really all wrong for the chocolate chip cookie theory. This particular batch that I made was unbelievably good! Jor likes the corners best and I myself am a fan of the middle pieces. This time around each bite was just so fantastic you didn’t want your little piece to end! Every time I make these for people, if they’ve never heard of such a thing, they quickly realize what they’ve been missing out on!

Here’s everything you’ll need for these delicious delights:

Ingredients:

(adapted from Martha Stewart. Makes about 16 medium sized blondies.)

  • 1 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar (star of the show!)
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Start by melting the butter in a small saucepan or in the microwave. I always go for saucepan because as I’ve shared before, I spent so much time without a microwave growing up it’d probably take me just as long to just heat it up for the right amount of time in the microwave as it would for me to just melt it on the stove! Either way, add the melted butter to the brown sugar in a large mixing bowl. Stir until the brown sugar and butter have completely mixed.

Melted butter combined with brown sugar.

You want to make sure the mixture isn’t too hot and then you can beat in the eggs and then vanilla extract. Next up are the dry ingredients. Add the baking powder, salt and flour and mix on a medium speed (or by hand works just as well) until everything is evenly mixed. Your batter should not be as thick as say cookie dough but it should also not be runny. If you don’t think it’s thick enough, add a touch more flour. You can now fold in the chocolate chips!! I’ve heard that the brown sugar is what makes the show and makes a blondie a blondie. However, I follow the belief that chocolate added to most things, is a good addition! For me it’s the combo of brown sugar AND the chocolate that make the blondie! One last side note: you can also add nuts to this (I was out)!

Blondie batter complete and ready for the oven!

Your blondies are ready for the oven! Pour the batter into a greased 9 inch square pan and heat the oven to 375 degrees. Make sure the batter is spread evenly so everything cooks nicely and let the blondies bake for about 20-25 minutes.

Bake blondies in 9 inch square baking dish for 20-25 minutes at 375 degrees.

They’ll start to get golden brown and they’re done when you can put a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean! The hardest part is that you have to withstand their amazing smell and try to hold yourself back until they cool a bit! They really are better that way!

As you know, I LOVE chocolate chip cookies and these blondies are another great alternative for switching it up a bit. I don’t think blondies get all the attention they deserve though…always overshadowed by the big, bad brownie. BUT, I have to say that there are times when I’d actually choose the more understated blondie over the showy brownie! It’s not as well known, a little more unique and that makes people more interested! They’re not quite sure what to expect, but after one bite, they’re usually sold! It takes only about 10 minutes to throw the batter together too so, look another plus for blondies! Next time you have to bake something sweet for a friend, a bake sale maybe or even just for yourself and you find yourself leaning towards the brownie, try the blondies instead! You’ll love them! For now, that’s blondies…in the shell of a nut!

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