I absolutely adore Blondies. In general, I am way more of a chocolate girl than vanilla, but when it comes bars, I go blonde all the way. Blondies are way more versatile, and leave more room to experiment with add ins.
When I was a little girl, I went out to eat and there was a flyer for their new Blondie dessert and it said something along the lines of "Blondes really do have more fun." I completely didn't get it, and as a girl with brown hair I was offended for some weird pride reason. But now, with every fluffy warm bite from that golden bar. I get it. And these Loaded Blondies are proof that they really do have more fun.
I love this recipe because it is so versatile. You can change the base by simply adding a different type of nut butter or spread to the melted butter/ brown sugar mixture and go crazy with different add-ins, and it will still be a great bar. I usually add peanut butter to the base and add in peanut butter chips and chocolate chips. Today I had a tiny bag of caramel chips I wanted to use up so I used those, chocolate chips and dressed it all up with my personal favorite:
So without further ado, I give you:
Loaded Blondies Recipe:
- 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
- 2 cups brown sugar (dark or light- my personal preference is dark)
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (Or another extract? I have never tried but it could be interesting!)
- 1 and 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch (optional, creates a fluffier texture in my opinion but not mandatory.)
- 1 Cup plus 1 Tablespoon add-ins examples: Chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, walnuts, sprinkles, chopped candy bars, shredded coconut, M&M's, sprinkles, and any other you can think of. Be creative!
- Optional: 1/2 Cup nut butter, Nutella, Biscoff spread, etc.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prep a 13x9 inch pan.
- In a small bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda ad cornstarch (if using), set aside.
- Heat butter in a saucepan or in microwave for 30 second intervals until melted thoroughly.
- Whisk brown sugar into melted butter until well mixed.
- If using, whisk in your nut butter or spread.
- Whisk in eggs one at a time into the melted butter/sugar mixture.
- Whisk in the vanilla extract.
- Lastly, whisk in the flour mixture until just combined, be careful not to overmix!
- Gently stir your 1 cup of add ins.
- Spread batter evenly into your pan then sprinkle the extra tablespoon of mix-ins on top.
- Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out from the center clean.
- Let cool before cutting into bars, or like I did, hearts!
- Eat plain or top it with ice-cream and hot fudge and embrace your inner Blondie and have fun! :)
What do you prefer? Brownies or Blondies? What are some of your favorite mix ins? Let me know in a comment below!
Blondie Recipe Adapted from: About.com