July 29, 2008

It’s going to be 90 degrees today where I live so why am I still baking you ask. Maybe the heat has gone to my head or maybe it’s because I saw these blondies on Loves To Eat last week and just had to make them. Whatever the reason, these were great! Very quick to make, too. I’ll be saving this recipe when I want a great bar dessert other than brownies.

Makes 36

1 cup pecans or walnuts (4 ounces)-I omitted these.
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (7 1/2 ounces)
1 teaspoon baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon table salt 
12 tablespoons unsalted butter ( 1 1/2 sticks), melted and cooled
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar (10 1/2 ounces)
2 large eggs , lightly beaten
4 teaspoons vanilla extract 
6 ounces white chocolate chips (1 cup) or chopped bar, or 3 ounces each white chocolate and semisweet chocolate chips

1. Adjust oven rack to middle position; heat oven to 350 degrees. Spread nuts on large rimmed baking sheet and bake until deep golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer nuts to cutting board to cool; chop coarsely and set aside.

2. While nuts toast, cut 18-inch length foil and fold lengthwise to 8-inch width. Fit foil into length of 13 by 9-inch baking pan, pushing it into corners and up sides of pan; allow excess to overhang pan edges. Cut 14-inch length foil and fit into width of baking pan in same manner, perpendicular to first sheet (if using extra-wide foil, fold second sheet lengthwise to 12-inch width). Spray foil-lined pan with nonstick cooking spray.

3. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together in medium bowl; set aside.

4. Whisk melted butter and brown sugar together in medium bowl until combined. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well. Using rubber spatula, fold dry ingredients into egg mixture until just combined; do not overmix. Fold in chocolate and nuts and turn batter into prepared pan, smoothing top with rubber spatula.

5. Bake until top is shiny, cracked, and light golden brown, 22 to 25 minutes; do not overbake. Cool on wire rack to room temperature. Remove bars from pan by lifting foil overhang and transfer to cutting board. Cut into 2-inch squares

Source: Cook’s Illustrated


4 Responses to “Blondies”

  1. Joelen Says:

    This is a great recipe – Cooks Illustrated never fails for me and I’m glad it worked for you too!

  2. Melissa Says:

    Mmmm blondies, those look delicious!

  3. […] I figured no one could say no to apple pie and vanilla ice cream. But just in case I took these blondies, […]

  4. Mmm.. I am in the mood for these blondie brownies right now. I think I may add coconut too!

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