Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Blondie's Blondies

I've been nursing this recipe all summer, derived from this one at Culinary in the Desert, tweaking here and there until now, when I know- that I know- that I KNOW-- that this is The Best Dessert I've had in a long time.

White Chocolate Walnut Blondies

A sweet, caramel-ey blondie (the secret's in the maple extract!) with soft hunks of white chocolate and the earthy crunch of walnuts, this bar cookie is the perfect transition from summer's light sweets to the warm, gooey desserts of fall.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon maple extract
1 cup white chocolate (chopped or in chips)
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

Preheat the oven to 350

In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing until combined. Mix in the maple extract. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt, and stir until combined. Fold in the white chocolate and walnuts.

Line a 9" square baking pan with foil, overlapping the edges of the pan, then spray with nonstick spray.  Spoon batter into pan and then smooth the top (the batter won't spread very much in baking, so try and get it pretty even).  Bake until golden and puffed, about 30 to 40 minutes.

Allow to cool fully before lifting bars out of the pan using the edges of the foil.  Slice into 12 squares (or 6, or 4, or just get a fork and a tub of ice cream and go to town...).  Enjoy!


Jay @halftime lessons said...

Well, maybe not starving.

Great photography, btw...


Anonymous said...

this looks amazing! i'm sure it's owing both to your photography and the wonderfulness of this dish. yum!

Ingrid said...

Seriously, I'm making this tonight! I can't wait to try the maple extract. The only "bad" thing I can see is your recipe only makes a few bars which really is probably a good thing! LOL!

My children love blondies and I just know these are going to be a hit!

Caligirl522 said...

I think part of your calling is to host your own show on Food Network with a magazine to follow shortly.

Anton said...


Agreed, very well captured via photography.

Ingrid said...

Ok, so I made these but I guess when I printed the recipe it didn't print the 1 in front of the 1/2 cups all purpose flour, SO, I only put 1/2 cups! I kept thinking I'd run and check the recipe but never did....needless to say they didn't turn out! :-(

No blondies for us tonight! Boo-whoo!

nik said...

I'm not much of a baker, or a sweets person for that matter, but you are slowly changing my mind.

That and the fact that I could just drool all over your photography all day!

E said...

Oh my goodness, walnut and maple are a favorite combination of mine, and your photos are quite beautiful.