Monday, August 17, 2009

Chewy, Chunky Blondies

As promised, here is a delicious baked good. Actually, this is no ordinary delicious baked good - it's an extremely yummy and perfect blondie. It's filled with toffee bits, chocolate chunks, coconut and walnuts, and is nice and dense and chewy (and a little too addictive). This comes from my favourite baking book, Baking: From My Home to Yours - a book that I would love to just live in. Every time I open it it makes me happy.

The other day I found Abby hiding under her cube and playing with her blue ball toy. She adores the cube and as you can see it's not exactly cube shaped anymore because she plays with it so much. She loves just hitting the top of it with her paw because it goes up and down. Kind of strange but really cute.

If this sounds good, you migh also like:
Monster Cookies
Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies
Peanut Butter Squares with Milk Chocolate and Oats
Hello Dolly Bars

Chewy, Chunky Blondies
Adapted from Baking: From My Home to Yours

2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
8 ounces (1 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped into chips, or 1 cup store bought chocolate chips
1 cup toffee bits
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 325F. Butter a 9×13-inch baking pan and put it on a baking sheet.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Working with a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add both sugars and beat for another 3 minutes, or until well incorporated. Add the eggs one by one, beating for 1 minute after each addition, then beat in the vanilla. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the dry ingredients, mixing just until they disappear into the batter. Using a rubber spatula, stir in the chips, nuts and coconut. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and use the spatula to even out the top.

Bake for about 40 minutes, or until a thin knife inserted into the center of the blondies comes out clean. The blondies should pull away from the sides of the pan a little and the top should be a honey brown. Transfer the pan to a rack and cool for 15 minutes before turning the blondies out onto another rack. Invert onto a rack and cool the blondies to room temperature right side up.

Cut into 32 bars.


Julie said...

Those blondies looks great! I love that there is coconut in them :-)

I just started my own cooking blog. And I added you to my blogroll.

Pam said...

Coconut, toffee, chocolate - could these get any better? They look really tasty.

Cute kitty!

DessertObsessed said...

oooh i've never tried coconut in a blondie, but i bet its super! love the kitty!

Erin said...

I love blondies and have been wanting to try Dorie's version. These look delicious!

Snooky doodle said...


Steph said...

I just wrote about how difficult it is to make bars look pretty. You did a fantastic job!! I still haven't tried out blondies yet! Those sure look yummy.

Anh said...

What a great brownie! I gotta try this!

Rose&Thorn said...

These are so tempting, I am trying to loose the pounds that winter has given me - this is not helping at all!

Aaron @ CrossBorderCravings said...

MMmm... these look so good! I wish I had one right now! :P

Grace said...

great blondies--i'm always a fan, especially when coconut and butterscotch are involved.

Anonymous said...

I've always eyed this recipe in Dorie's BFMHTY, but never gave them a go. Now that you've posted this up, I've got the motivation to! I love how perfect yours look :)

veggievixen said...

hello blondies, meet my mouth.

these look so good!

Cakespy said...

Oh my. My favorite bar cookie (screw you, brownies!). These ones look like a fine specimen of blondiehood.

Bunny said...

Oh my word these look good,I have to get this book!

CookiePie said...

LOOOOOVE blondies - those look amazing!

Thanks so much for offering to participate in my online book tour! SO excited. Can you email me your address so we can send you a book?


Usha said...

These look amazing !

Diane said...

i might actually be able to do this!!!

scb said...

I just discovered your blog (while searching for recipes for baking powder biscuits -- thanks!) -- any blog that combines interesting recipes and cat pictures is my style of a blog!

I will, no doubt, be back!

kimberleyblue said...

I've yet to make Dorie's blondies, though I've been meaning to for quite some time.

Now you have me convinced I should, asap!

I love cats doing their silly things. :)

Hannah said...

A good blondie is so hard to come by, but this one looks like it would definitely make the grade! Mmm, delicious!

Vegetation said...

Your baked yummies never fail to entice me and this one is no exception!!!

Haha, Abby is funny (and beautiful!). I've lost count of how many things my cats have bent out of shape because they insist on sitting on them instead of in them!

Teanna said...

YES YES YES. Can you believe I have never made a blondie before? Now can you believe I've never EATEN a blondie before? Everytime I see them, I think, I have to bake them! Yours look so good!

Vaala said...

Your cat is gorgeous :)

Ricki said...

Those look soooo decadent and delicious! I might even give up brownies. ;)

Deborah said...

I love blondies, and these do look perfect!

Katrina said...

Love Dorie's blondies. I've made them many times with all kinds of add-ins. Yours look perfect!

Anonymous said...

Abby is beautiful. Is she a Maine Coon?

I can't wait to try your snickerdoodle muffins. Yum


eatme_delicious said...

Donna: I'm not sure what Abby is, we got her from an animal shelter. She does look a lot like a Maine Coon though so maybe she is! Hope you enjoy the muffins. :)