Chunky Blonde Blondies

by Heather on January 20, 2010

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 eggs

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.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

stephchows January 21, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Those look stick to your ribs good!

Tyler January 21, 2010 at 1:32 pm

AWESOME! I brought cookies the same day Alex brought these…. needless to say, yours were gone much faster. YUM! Thank you.

Courtney January 22, 2010 at 7:35 am

I love this food blog Heather! So many delicious recipes, keep ’em coming! These blondies look so good. I might need to make them tonight and figure out some sort of maple sauce like Applebees! Yum!

AJ January 22, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Yummy yummy yummy!! Don’t DO this to me on this stupid diet! Love the addition of macadamia nuts.

lindsaymeyer January 26, 2010 at 9:07 pm

These are the best. Great photo, too! So happy to have tracked down another Bay Area blogger. Have fun on your cruise!

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