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!
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. 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
Soft and Chewy Bars
- 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
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9×9″ baking dish, or line a baking dish with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- 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.
- In another bowl melt the butter, and mix in the brown sugar. Set aside to cool slightly.
- Beat the egg in a separate dish with the vanilla extract, and add into your cooled brown sugar mixture.
- 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.
- Pour batter into the prepared pan. Smooth with an oiled spatula (only necessary if you are a perfectionist).
- Evenly top the batter with the remaining chocolate chips, and bake for 18-20 minutes.
- Insert a toothpick or wooden skewer into the center to ensure it comes out clean. Never mind a bit of melty chocolate on it!
- Cool and slice your bars.