Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Brown Butter Blondies with White Chocolate

I've been using my underdeveloped photography skills as a recent excuse for not blogging. I'll make a new recipe I just love or tweak an old recipe and be dying to share it with all of you, and then I'll look at the photographs and pause.

Sometimes it's the light that's all wrong. I often blame the only window in my apartment, far from my kitchen and on street level so the blinds are too often kept closed.

Other times, I'll have photos of the process all along the way, but I'll somehow have forgotten to photograph the finished product.

Or, like with this recipe, I'll only have a picture of the finished product (and an Instagram photo at that!). Look closely, and you can just see the blondies below that massive label.

Perhaps it's that I secretly never choose to cook recipes without photographs, so I feel guilty sharing them with you or nervous that you feel the same way and won't look any further.

Maybe I'll update this recipe with a better photograph later on, or maybe I won't. Either way, these blondies are delicious! The brown butter adds a delightful nuttiness, and the white chocolate ensures that each bit is just loaded with goodness. These bars are dense, something you can really sink your teeth into.

So make the blondies, despite the picture.

Brown Butter Blondies with White Chocolate
recipe adapted from Alexandra Cooks

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup white chocolate chunks

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 9x9 inch baking pan, and then line the pan with parchment paper to make removal easier.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, add butter and bring the butter to a boil. Let the butter bubble for 6 to 10 minutes, swirling the pan from time to time, until the mixture begins to brown. Watch the stove closely during this process! When the butter browns, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool until it is warm to the touch (Fair warning: If you don't let the butter cool before adding it, your white chocolate will melt later on!).

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the eggs. Add the brown sugar, butter and vanilla, and beat until well combined.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk until combined. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and stir the mixture by hand until just combined. Add the white chocolate and stir until incorporated.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the blondies to cool in the pan, and then remove them. Slice and serve!


  1. These sound fabulous, with or without a photo!

  2. These were sooooo good! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Glad I got a bag at the NYC Bake Sale :-)

    1. Thanks Betty Ann! It was such a treat to spend the day with all of you!

  3. These were so good! I snagged one at the NYC Food Blogger Bake Sale. My bf went crazy for them.

    Nice participating with you at the bake sale. Hope that we'll be able to sell beside one another again soon!

  4. I love blondies! These look so good!

  5. Loving your pictures and the authentic and original way you have put your story across - you're an inspiration and I am following your journey - awesome work!