I have a sweet tooth. Big time. Some might say it’s a problem or possibly even an addiction. But I just think that I’m passionate about sweets, especially good sweets (I don’t want to be wasting those calories on just any sugar-filled baked good!) So when I get a sugar/chocolate craving, I need something that I can make quickly and easily that will be rich, delicious, and full of flavor. And these blondies do the trick.
They are really moist (just don’t over-bake them) and you can vary the recipe according to what’s in the pantry or what your mood dictates. My favorite combination is chock full of milk chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, toasted pecans, coconut, and toffee chips. Ridiculous overload? I think not. But if it is for you, instead try white chocolate and cashews, dried cranberries with dark chocolate, milk chocolate and walnuts or any number of possibilities! This is a great go-to recipe for satisfying a sweet tooth or as a quick dessert for last minute guests. Once cooked, cooled, and sliced, they even travel well. I brought a bunch with me last weekend to Richmond to give to a bunch of newly graduated college kids!
Blondies (the best ever)
- ½ cup of butter, melted
- 1 cup of tightly packed dark brown sugar
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- ½ teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup of flour
- ½ cup to 1 cup of chocolate chips, butterscotch chips or any other combination
The possibilities are endless…
- ½ cup to 1 cup of milk chocolate, white chocolate, or dark chocolate chips
- ½ cup to 1 cup of toasted walnuts, pecans, almonds, or any other nut toasted
- ½ cup of dried fruit (cranberries, cherries, etc)
- ½ teaspoon of mint extract or almond extract
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Farenheit. Butter and flour an 8×8 pan. Mix the melted butter with the brown sugar – beat until smooth. Beat in egg and then vanilla.
- Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl. Add the flour mixture into the butter/sugar mixture and mix until all the flour is incorporated. Mix in any additional ingredients (choco chips, nuts, etc).
- Pour into pan and spread evenly. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until set in the middle. Cool on a rack and then cut into squares and serve.