Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tuesdays with Dorie - Chewy, Chunky Blondies

I'm baaaaaack! Skipped last week due to the bananas in the recipe and because the hubby and I, with two of our friends, went on a motorcycle trip to NC. We went to Grandfather's Mountain, Linville Falls, and Mount Mitchell. We had a really great time and were gone from Thursday afternoon until late Sunday afternoon. I spent last Monday recuperating from the trip and 827 miles on the back of a motorcycle. Oh, but the sights we saw and the memories we made...well worth the callouses on my butt! :)

This week Nicole of Cookies on Friday picked our recipe, and she picked a winner. I knew when I read this recipe that I wanted to make it. While I am a die hard chocolate fan, every once in a while there is something very comforting about a Blondie. Chewy. Brown sugary. Rich and satisfying. But, I seldom think to make them. It always seems to be brownies.

I was off Monday (as I usually am) and decided to bake for two of my groups...TWD and Chocolate with Francois (which I will post later). (I also made "Chicken" and Dumplings and Baked Carrot Fries and will post about that later too). But, right now, it's all about these Blondies.

I made these just as called for using chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, walnuts and coconut. I had them whipped up and in the oven in no time. I baked mine for 45 minutes, which was when the knife inserted in the center came out clean. About an inch all the way around the border of the pan the blondies were tall. But, the middle or rest of the blondies didn't rise as much. I flipped them out of the pan and then flipped them back over and allowed them to cool.

When I was pretty sure they were cool enough I cut them into small bars. I anticipated them being rich so I cut the bars smaller than I would cut brownies.

Man, are these ever good. Someone in the comments said something about "crack blondies". So true!! These are addicting. They are chewy with a thin crust on top that starts out crispy then disolves into buttery, sugary goodness. Though not usually a big butterscotch chips fan (still don't know why I had a bag of them in my cupboard!) the chips added a warm, caramel-like undertone to the blondie. The walnuts added great texture and the chocolate chips just the right amount of richness. Soooo good!! I'll be right back...

Sorry, I had to go grab another one of these. That last paragraph got my mouth watering. :D

So, thank you Nicole! I loved these and so did the hubby. If you would like to see what the rest of the gang thought of this week's pick, click here. :)

22 comments:

  1. Your blondies look delicious! Your trip sounds so fun! Glad you had such a great trip.

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  2. I didn't know why I had butterscotch chips either. But I guess we knew one day there'd be this recipe.
    Your squares look gooey and delicious!

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  3. yum! my mouth is watering again too!

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  4. Mm, M, m! You're making me want to go snitch another. Luckily, I put my extras in the freezer. Sigh. What is for dinner tonight?

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  5. HI! Sounds like a wonderful trip. Not sure I could do that many miles on a motorcycle.

    These look yummy!

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  6. Wow, with that description, I may have to make them again with the butterscotch chips! =) (I left them out because I thought they would be too sweet.) Sounds like you had a wonderful trip.

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  7. Umm, did you save one for me?

    They look great, and you didn't have the doneness problems that plagued so many of the bakers. I loved them. (And I haven't made CwF yet and I'm still working...gulp!)

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  8. okay, now i've got to eat another! how fun to go on a motorcycle trip! yours looks so good.

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  9. I'm glad you had a fun weekend! Your blondies look terrific. I had some issues with the baking, so mine weren't quite perfect, but with all these rave reviews, I am convinced to try again.

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  10. Your motorcycle trip sounds fun!

    Love those pics of your blondies, they look really delicious!

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  11. The blondies look great, they were a big hit here as well. Love your new photo and it was fun to hear about your trip, sounds very beautiful this time of year.

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  12. Oh my, those look wonderful! I didn't have time to make them, and maybe that's good because I think I would have eaten them all!

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  13. They look amazing! I stashed some away in the freezer so I wouldn't eat them all! Think I might have to dig them out :-)

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  14. These really were impossible to put down! Great pictures. :D

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  15. Sounds like a fun trip. Your blondies look terrific.
    Mimi

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  16. a beautiful tower of blondies you have tehre. yum!
    tia @ buttercreambarbie

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  17. They certainly are like crack. I'm glad you enjoyed them. Thanks for baking with me this week.

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  18. Glad to hear the sour butt was worth the fun.

    Your picture and description are making me hungry....gonna go get a blondie!!

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  19. That is a beautiful area. Was at Linville Falls in June - again. Love that area. Did you go across the bridge at G'father Mt. Scary stuff.

    Nothing scarry about those blondies tho. They look awesome.

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  20. Oh my, that's a lot of miles on a motorbike. Sounds like a fun way to see the sights.

    Your blondies look perfect and delicious. Very nice!

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  21. I love your blondie brownies! I altered mine just a little but from what I saw, bemay I should have been a little more adventurous =). Glad you are back and had a great time!

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  22. LOL crack blondies! do you think they'd be as fattening if we snorted them?

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