Monday, January 14, 2013

Chewy Toffee Chocolate Blondies




Believe it or not, this is the first blondie I've ever had. I know! I can't figure out what I've been waiting for... It's like a cross between a chocolate chip cookie (a real thick one) and a brownie. Plus, not having to spoon out individual balls of dough and bake multiple pans of cookies is a huge bonus. 


Smear it once into a pan. Bake. Have a coffee. Catch up on some dishes. Take a nap. Pin some stuff on Pinterest. Remove from oven. And you only dirtied one pan (also 2 bowls and a bunch of measuring cups and spoons, but we're not counting those). Based on my semi-recent inability to keep up with my growing pile of dishes, the one-pan deal is the biggest asset. 


This is one of the thickest batters I've dealt with, so please don't try to stir in your toffee and chocolate with a rubber/plastic spatula. I don't want you to cuss because it broke. Just pull out the handy wooden spoon or large metal one this time.


As they bake, the crust puffs up slightly around the edges, creating little pockets of air. The center sinks down a little and creates the dense middle that's overflowing with chocolate. It's hard to even see any "blonde" between all the chocolate. I believe that's a good thing! If you can't resist waiting to eat these before they're totally cooled, I won't be blaming you.



Chewy Toffee Chocolate Blondies
Adapted from Baking: From my home to yours by Dorie Greenspan (not an affiliate link)
Makes 16

1 cup all-purpose flour
Scant 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon molasses
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
14 Andes toffee crunch thins, roughly chopped (or 1/2 cup other toffee chocolate candies)
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped (or 3/4 cup chocolate chips)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Butter a 8x8-inch pan.

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In a large mixer bowl with paddle attachment, beat butter on medium speed for 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add sugar and molasses. Continue to beat on medium for 3 more minutes.

Add egg and beat until combined. Stir in the vanilla.

Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir until just combined.

Using a wooden spoon (or other sturdy spoon), gently stir in the toffee and chocolate.

Spread evenly in buttered pan.

Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean and the top is a golden brown.

Allow to cool completely in pan before serving.

Store in a covered container on the counter for a few days or in the freezer for a few months.


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I'm linking up this recipe at Frugal by Choice, Cheap by Necessity

12 comments :

  1. OMG, these look so gooey in the middle. I'm drooling. I've had blondies before and always thought they were alright but not great. These could change my mind!

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    1. For my first blondie, they sure left me a good impression, so I'll be making them again for sure!

      Thanks for coming by Christine!

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  2. These look amazing!!!! I love the chocolate-y middle. :)

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    1. That was my favorite part, Madison! Thanks for coming by.

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  3. Those are stunning. I love blondies SO much!

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  4. Thanks Dorothy. I thought they turned out pretty great!

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  5. Loretta! The first blondie you've ever had?? boy am I sure glad you made these then. I love chewy blondies, especially those involving toffee. you're reminding me how much I need to make my own blondies ASAP. :)

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    1. I know, right Sally?! As many foods as I've made, there's still an almost endless list of things I haven't had yet. Can't wait to work on that list!

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  6. Oh okay. My sweets aversion is over. Maybe aversion isn't the correct word. I'm not pregnant. But these have changed my mind! I want sweets again. :) They look incredible!

    Anyway, I'm happy you finally tried a blondie! I hope you'll share even more blondie recipes soon!

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    1. So sorry about the aversion flip-flopping. Must be confusing for you :)

      And yes, the blondie will be back....

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  7. Just made these, and they turned out delicious! Unfortunately, I had to leave out the toffee, since I couldn't find it in Armenia. But when I get back to the U.S., I will definitely make them again... I think they'd also be really good with walnuts, so I might try that, too.

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    1. Awesome! I'm so glad they turned out. Now you have something to look forward to! The toffee adds so much. And I bet the walnuts would be fantastic as well.

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