Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Do Blondies Have More Fun?


Here are two blondie recipes that I recently tried. Both were very good. They both taste like chocolate chip cookies, just in bar form (which is another way of saying that they are a lot less work than making a whole batch of chocolate chip cookies!).

Blonde Brownies


1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x9-inch baking pan.

Measure 1 cup sifted flour. Add baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Sift again. Add 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, if using. Mix well and set aside.

Stir the brown sugar into the melted butter and mix well. Cool slightly.

Mix the beaten egg and vanilla into the brown sugar mixture. Add flour mixture, a little at a time, mixing just until combined.

Spread the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle 1/2 to 1 cup chocolate chips on top. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes.

Source:, submitted by Sue Bush. You can find it here. It is currently rated 4 1/2 stars and over 1,100 reviews.

Notes: These were really good. Thick and chewy. Just the way they should be. I did blow it and accidentally mixed the chocolate chips into the batter rather than sprinkling them on top. Oh well, it still worked fine. You could even substitute white chocolate chips for the chocolate chips in this recipe.

Chocolate Chip Blondies


1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips


In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla just until blended. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt; add to brown sugar mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.

Spread into a greased 13-in.x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

Yield: 3 dozen.

Source: Taste of Home. You can find it here.

Notes: This is your big batch option. These were very good too. I don't know if I could pick a favorite between the two. I guess it just depends on how many you want! The only thing I would say is that it took a lot longer than 20 minutes to bake these. When I baked them initially for 20 minutes, they were still very underdone. So, I popped them back in the oven for a little over 5 minutes. Just keep checking them with a toothpick inserted in the center to be sure that they are done.

1 comment:

  1. You know, I'm showing my age, but I remember when "pan" cookies came out. It was such a big deal because it was so much easier than making a whole batch bit by bit. But it's almost amazing that, while the taste is the same, the textures and experience are different. There's still a place for both! Or at least in my world, there is. :)