Thursday, July 25, 2013

Chocolate Chunk Blondies


Chocolate Chunk Blondies

Because I missed last month's Pass the Cook Book Club post, I made extra sure this month that I was able to participate. I was super disappointed in missing last month because the cook book chosen was Bobby Flay and hamburgers-- love Bobby Flay and love hamburgers, so I really wanted to participate last month but it just didn't work out. One of the things I love about this book club is that even if I don't have time to make any of the options given, I still get to see some wonderful blog posts and receive some wonderful recipes that I get to save in hopes of making them one day!

This month's cook book pick was Ina Garten's "Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust" and Jen from Juanita's Cocina chose three terrific looking recipes this month-- gazpacho, ribs, and blondies. I had a hard time choosing between the ribs and the blondies, but the blondies ended up winning because it's easier to make and you know I love desserts.

I ended up making these Chocolate Chunk Blondies two weekends in a row because these were so unbelievably delicious! I made these once for family dinner and again for a family BBQ-- both with ridiculous fanfare and reception. Okay, that might be stretching "just a little" but, no, I think these are now a favorite of anyone who's come into contact with them.

These little gems are seriously like a chocolate chip cookie in a brownie form. I've heard of a lot of people on a quest to find the absolute best chocolate cookies and, with all seriousness, I'd hand them one of these blondies. These blondies are soft, gooey, buttery, and chocolately... they can make you into a very selfish person or a very giving person by either wanting to hoard the whole lot or share the experience in one of the best desserts you've ever had. The blondies in my pictures look a little undone, but trust me they were fully cooked-- that's the consequence of being a food blogger and being so excited to take pictures that you can't wait for them to fully cool down!

Make these blondies and then give out the recipe so that everyone else can make them! (Or hoard them... I have three tucked away in my freezer somewhere...)

If you're interested in learning more about the Pass the Cook Book Club, click the link or the banner below! I'm already looking forward to next month!













Chocolate Chunk Blondies
slightly adapted from Ina Garten's Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust

Ingredients:

1/2 lb. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 c. light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 c. granulated sugar
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 extra large eggs, at room temperature (I used large eggs)
2 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. Kosher salt
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans (original recipe calls for walnuts)
12 oz. bag semisweet chocolate chunks (original recipe calls for 1 1/4 lbs)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour an 8 ½ x 12 x 2-inch baking pan. (I used a 9x9 pan the first time I made these and a 9x13 pan the second time I made these and they turned out great both times. I also lined the pan with foil and greased with nonstick cooking spray.)

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar on high speed for 3 minutes, until light and fluffy. With the mixer on low, add the vanilla. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix well, scraping down the bowl after each addition. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer still on low, slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Fold in the pecans and chocolate chips with a rubber spatula.

Spread the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake for 30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Don’t overbake! The toothpick may have melted chocolate on it but shouldn't have wet batter. Cool completely in the pan and cut into 12 bars.


22 comments:

  1. Okay, that's it. I need the blondies.

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  2. These sound wonderful! I made some chocolate chip caramel Blondies the other day and they were out if this world! But the caramel really out-powered the chocolate flavor, so I can't wait to try these very soon!!!

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  3. Shhhh, I have two in the freezer too!! I loved them very much but so did someone else and he was eating them faster than me so I hoarded some. So glad I found this recipe!

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    1. Haha, I'm glad I'm not the only one! Eating one that I pulled out from the freezer right now! ;-)

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  4. I'm in luuurve with the gooey chocolatey wonderfullness of these!

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    1. These are right up your alley, Kayle! You'd absolutely love these... make them!

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  5. These were a seriously chocolatey dessert! My family had them gone in one night.

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  6. I totally hoarded mine :) Love your pictures!

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    1. Thank you!! Love that I wasn't the only one that hoarded some too, haha

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  7. OK I'm thinking I should so have made these!

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    1. Totally make these... you just have to!

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  8. Your pictures look amazing- nothing is better than ooey gooey blondies!

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    1. Thank you! Glad that you made them too!

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  9. I missed last months recipes too, but glad I joined in this month the ribs and blondies were amazing. Your photos are great, love all the gooey chocolate in these babies!

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    1. I need to try the ribs! Everyone's posts look so amazing!

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  10. Those look amazing! Oh, my. Nice job.

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    1. Thank you! These are unbelievably amazing!

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  11. I think 'chocolate chip cookie in bar form' may be the gateway to heaven.

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    1. These totally are a little bit of heaven! Worth every dang calorie!

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