Monday, January 20, 2014

Chocolate Chunk Blondies

Big news this weekend.....I came in second in our Village Chili Cook-off! I know, I am kind of a big deal now, but I promise to not let this new found fame go to my head.

I used B's Bison Chili Recipe found here, and substituted chipotle chili powder for the ancho powder. DELICIOUS!

Today, I have moved on to sweeter endeavors and made these yummy chocolate chunk blondies from Ina Garten's Fool Proof.  You probably have everything to make them in your pantry, so try them tonight.

1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
1 1/4 pounds semisweet chocolate chunks, such as Nestle's


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour an 8 x 12 x 2 inch baking pan.

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, then the eggs, one at a time, and mix well, scraping down the bowl. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt and with the mixer still on low, slowly add flour mixture to the butter mixture. Fold the walnuts and chocolate chunks in with a rubber spatula.

Spread the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake for 30 minutes exactly. Don't overbake! A toothpick may not come out clean. Cool completely in the pan and cut into bars.

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