I’ve always loved the idea of blondies, but whenever I decide to make any kind of “bar” treat, I usually revert back to brownies. Not this time, and boy, am I glad! I got this recipe from my big Taste of Home Baking Book. I am a very loyal fan of the Taste of Home enterprise- their magazine is great with all of the photos and I have 3 of the cookbooks so far. Most of the recipes are submitted by readers and it’s fun to read their comments and just a little bit about them.
The addition of the macadamia nuts in this recipe adds a great deal of flavor with just a hint of saltiness to make the sweetness really pronounced. Of course, they can be omitted if necessary, but really try to have them in there, it makes such a powerful impression!
Chunky Blonde Blondies Makes about 2 dozen bars
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup white chips
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup macadamia nuts, chopped, divided
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in the white chips, chocolate chips and 1/2 cup nuts.
Spoon into a greased 9 x 13 baking pan; spread to evenly cover bottom of pan. Sprinkle with remaining nuts. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until top begins to crack and is golden brown. Cool completely on wire rack, then cut into bars.