I’ll admit it – I’ve been in a baking rut lately. Ever since I discovered the most perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe (ever!) I just haven’t felt the need to bake anything else.
I mean – it’s just too easy. No joke I can go from start to finish in 5 minutes. Dough is done and at my leisure to bake off whenever I or anyone else in the house just happens to need something sweet.
Well, after waaaaaay too many batches of cookie dough I decided it was time to get a bit more creative with my mixer again. I was paging through Ina’s new cookbook and came across chocolate chunk blondies.
Well, hello there.
I was too mesmerized by the glorious picture of stacked bars I didn’t even dwell on the fact that there is white sugar in her recipe, which clearly indicates these are not authentic blondies. Only brown sugar goes into those. I forgave Ina quickly thought and focused on the next task: Must. Make. Now.
My little sous chef’s legs were kicking frantically as I got out my trusty black mixer. B gets super awkwardly excited by it. My guess is that it reminds him of the womb. My big belly was at the perfect height to hear it going round and round…
Anyway – as I’m getting into the recipe I realize that it is literally almost identical to my magic chocolate chip cookie recipe. Of course a few slight variations but my goodness it felt like I was making the same thing. So much for being creative. Hey, I tried!
No surprise here that these were awesome. M asked if he could have a second and I said no. I’m kind of mean that way. He’ll thank me later at this pool this summer. Or, I’ll just thank myself.
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temp
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 eggs, room temp
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup walnuts, chopped
- 2 cups chocolate chunks
- Grease and flour a 9X13 baking dish and preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Just like the cookies, get the butters and sugars going on medium high speed for 3 minutes. Add in the vanilla and eggs, one at a time, on low speed.
- Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together and slowly add into your mixer. Stir in the walnuts and chocolate chunks.
- Press into your prepared dish and bake for 27 minutes. (a little more if your oven runs 'cool' and a little less if your oven runs 'warm.')
- Leave them alone to set for awhile and cut into big bars.