Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Blondies

When you mingle a chocolate chip cookie, and a butterscotch brownie, a blondie is what you get!  These sweet treats are simple to make in a pinch and do not require an electric mixer. There’s no rolling out individual cookies-just put this batter into a baking dish, bake in the oven, et voila!1485735226891

Blondies are likely my first introduction to confectionaries. Besides my Gramma and Auntie’s Skor Bar cookies with a nice cup of tea-I have been in love with these bars since I was a small girl. The lady who ran the home daycare I grew up in used to make a pan of these for each child’s birthday. She would pipe a birthday message in blue icing, and I sure thought that upped the ante on an already pretty great goody! Although a recipe for these is very basic, there are many variations. So, I took my time tweaking until I found just the right combination of each ingredient.1485743145616 I fill my blondies with semi-sweet chocolate chips, but you can get really creative with these bars. Some ideas would be: White Chocolate Chips• Dried cherries, cranberries, or apricots • Toasted nuts (macadamia, pecans, peanuts etc.)• Coconut flakes • Swirled in caramel or heated peanut butter • Bourbon or Rum + 1 tbsp. for the added liquid• Peppermint extract• Rum extract• Topped with chocolate icing• Topped with cream cheese icing•

Chocolate Chip Blondies

  • Servings: 16
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Soft and Chewy Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tbsp. good vanilla extract
  • 1/2-1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9×9″ baking dish, or line a baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Add half of the of chocolate chips you will use to the flour mixture and stir. If you are using 1 cup total, put 1/2 cup of chocolate into the flour mixture.
  4. In another bowl melt the butter, and mix in the brown sugar. Set aside to cool slightly.
  5. Beat the egg in a separate dish with the vanilla extract, and add into your cooled brown sugar mixture.
  6. Add the flour mixture into the brown sugar in 3 parts, mixing just to combine each time. Over mixing will result in a dense bar.
  7. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Smooth with an oiled spatula (only necessary if you are a perfectionist).
  8. Evenly top the batter with the remaining chocolate chips, and bake for 18-20 minutes.
  9. Insert a toothpick or wooden skewer into the center to ensure it comes out clean. Never mind a bit of melty chocolate on it!
  10. Cool and slice your bars.

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