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White Chocolate Blondies Make the Perfect Summer Dessert

Time to Go Blonde

Recently my pal Julie and I got into a debate over which was better: blondies or brownies. In my opinion, nothing can trump a good brownie, but she doesn't agree. After our conversation I realized that even with all of my baking, I was guilty of blondie-discrimination. I've never actually made blondies!

When Julie told me she was coming to town, I knew I had to whip her up a homemade treat and give blondies a fair chance. Were they better than brownies? Not really, but they were mighty tasty and I'll be making them again. To get the "Platinum Blondie" recipe I used,

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Platinum Blondies

Platinum Blondies

Platinum Blondies

Ingredients

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
4 ounces white chocolate, chopped, or 3/4 cup white chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Lightly butter an 8-inch square baking pan with sides at least 1 1/2 inches high. [Note: I used a parchment paper sling in addition to butter. This helped lift the blondies out of the pan later.]
  3. Using an electric mixer or mixing by hand, beat together the sugar and egg until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the vanilla and butter and beat to mix well. In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt and add to the butter mixture, beating until just incorporated. Do not overmix.
  5. Using a spoon, stir in the pecans and white chocolate. [I skipped out on the pecans, and wish I had used more white chocolate.]
  6. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and use a flat metal spatula or a butter knife to smooth the top. [Note: The batter is going to be very thick, but this is okay.]
  7. Bake the blondies for 25 to 30 minutes, until the top is dry and golden and a knife inserted in the center comes out with just a few crumbs attached (not wet, but not perfectly dry).
  8. Remove the pan from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
  9. Cut the blondies into 2-inch squares.
  10. The blondies can be stored, well wrapped, at room temperature for up to 3 days (these seem to get better as they sit) or frozen for up to 2 months (thaw before serving).

Makes 16 brownies.


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Kate14909563 Kate14909563 8 years
I love blondies! My mom used to make them when I was younger but I have yet to make them on my own...
engineeredperfection engineeredperfection 8 years
Thanks for the recipe. I made them last night, and my husband gobbled them up! He is a tough critic also. As a note, I substituted Macadamia nuts and used a few butterscotch chips also. Delicioso!
engineeredperfection engineeredperfection 8 years
Thanks for the recipe. I made them last night, and my husband gobbled them up! He is a tough critic also. As a note, I substituted Macadamia nuts and used a few butterscotch chips also. Delicioso!
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 8 years
Update...A coworker requested something with white chocolate and macadamia nuts...so a quick switch from pecans to macadamias and SHAZAM! The blondies disappeared in about 5 minutes after the plate hit the table! Thank you, YumSugar! Now I have to use these blondies to make dulce de leche sundaes.:)
dcfashionista dcfashionista 8 years
I am going to try this without the nuts.
geebers geebers 8 years
I have always preferred Blondies over Brownies. Brownies are more dense while blondies have a more cookie like taste.
Marci Marci 8 years
I like blondies, although I prefer brownies; either without nuts, for allergic me.
Swedeybebe Swedeybebe 8 years
hmmm... actually, i don't think i've ever had a blondie? may have to break out the mixer for these :)
MrsJamesTKirk MrsJamesTKirk 8 years
Ooh I LOVE blondies. They are SO GOOD. I use basically the same recipe that you have, but I add walnuts and semisweet chocolate chips. Yum.
MrsJamesTKirk MrsJamesTKirk 8 years
Ooh I LOVE blondies. They are SO GOOD.I use basically the same recipe that you have, but I add walnuts and semisweet chocolate chips. Yum.
coutorture coutorture 8 years
OMG THEY WERE SOOOOOOO SOOOOO SOOOO GOOD! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU FOR MAKING THEM FOR US COUTORTURE GIRLS!!!!!!!!!!!!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
uptown_girl - how were they? Did the boy love 'em?
Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 8 years
mmmmm looks yummy but i think it depends sometimes (most times) i'd prefer a brownie but sometimes i'd want a blondie
Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 8 years
mmmmm looks yummybut i think it dependssometimes (most times) i'd prefer a browniebut sometimes i'd want a blondie
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I like blondies better but brownies are good too.
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 8 years
I will definitely make these! The drivers at work will attack these as if they are the last chop on the buffet table!:) YumSugar, how about a brownie recipe featuring bittersweet or really dark chocolate? I have a really really fabulous brownie recipe from NeilsenMassey's website (they make heavenly vanilla), but I haven't yet tried it with bittersweet chocolate. BTW, Julie is lucky to be the recipient of such yummy goodies!:)
marinewifey marinewifey 8 years
I've never had a blondie. Think I should try this soon.
marinewifey marinewifey 8 years
I've never had a blondie. Think I should try this soon.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I prefer a good blondie over a brownie. When it comes to chocolate, I like to eat it only in bittersweet form. A brownie is not chocolate enough for me. I would opt for something else.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I prefer a good blondie over a brownie.When it comes to chocolate, I like to eat it only in bittersweet form. A brownie is not chocolate enough for me. I would opt for something else.
uptown_girl uptown_girl 8 years
OK... I just made these and they are cooling! Can't wait to try em! The local grocery store across the street from me is closed today (July 4th), so I picked up a bar of DOVE Milk Chocolate with toffee & peanuts and chopped that up and put in there. The boy loves toffee! (My bf = the boy)
uptown_girl uptown_girl 8 years
OK... I just made these and they are cooling! Can't wait to try em!The local grocery store across the street from me is closed today (July 4th), so I picked up a bar of DOVE Milk Chocolate with toffee & peanuts and chopped that up and put in there. The boy loves toffee! (My bf = the boy)
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
yummy yummy yummy
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
yummy yummy yummy
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