Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tried & Chewed: Blondies

I grew up eating Blondies and I love them. This recipe has had a home in our Tried & Chewed folder for a couple of years. I found it when I needed something to bring to a potluck. For that occasion I actually quadrupled the recipe and it turned out great. Since then I have made them in various forms. This time I only made a 9 X 9 pan and used pistachios for the nuts. They were very, very tasty.

Blondies (Adapted from AllRecipes.Com.)

1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/3 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon homemade* vanilla extract
½ to 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Mix dry ingredients. Give a stir with a whisk. Set aside.
3. Melt 1/3 cup butter. Add 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar and mix well. Let it cool down a bit.
4. Add egg and vanilla. Blend well. Add flour mixture, a little at a time, mixing well.
5. Spread in 9 x 9 x 2 inch pan. Sprinkle 1/2 to 1 cup chocolate chips on top. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

*Okay, you can use any vanilla you want, but homemade is so easy. 


  1. A tasty dessert with a glass of fresh milk, for breakfast as well as in the afternoon.

    By the way, the only thing I knew about vanilla before was its taste in ice cream - I have been so ignorant... What alcohol did you use to make the vanilla extract? Vodka? Rum? Brandy? I don't know why, but I bet on vodka.

  2. You're right I do use vodka! I also have some started with whiskey. I am going to use that for chocolate desserts.

    In the US it would be odd for us to eat this for breakfast, but really it is probably better for you than a doughnut and no one would think a doughnut was odd.