They are none other than Chocolate Chip Cookies gone high and square!
A couple weeks ago, I was baking chocolate chip cookies with kids in summer camp, and our baking conditions were rudimentary, to say the least. We needed to bake 48 cookies in a convection oven large enough to bake, say, 2 pans of 12 cookies. So, simple math, half the batter was in, half was out. What to do? I poured the remaining batter into the little tray with sides that goes into the convection oven. And, guys, it was fabulous. This is the one the kids wanted: The Chocolate Blondies Bars! They do look and taste like the love child of brownies and chocolate chip cookies: Good genes!
Back home, even with all the oven room I needed, I tinkered with the recipe, to obtain a sort of cookie tart that would give me a more dramatic presentation that the humble cookie. I thought the amount of sweetness that worked so well for Chocolate Chip Cookies needed to be reduced for the perfect bar. So I cut the sugar by half and never looked back, left everything else exactly as is, folded toasted walnuts into the batter, poured the batter into a tart pan, and waited impatiently for my chocolate blondies. Yum!
Since my taste is always for a decidedly less sweet flavor, I greatly welcome the chocolate blondies variation.
This will work very well with gluten-free flour as well.
- 2 eggs
- 2 pouches Vanilla Bean Levana Nourishments
- 3/4 cup coconut sugar (or in combination with stevia or truvia)
- 1 cup coconut oil or extra light olive oil
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups flour: all-purpose, whole wheat pastry, or spelt. Gluten-Free OK
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1½ cups semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips or chunks, best quality
- ½ chopped walnuts or pecans (skip if you can't have nuts, or replace with pumpkin or sunflower seeds)
Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Cream the eggsNourishments and sugar in a food processor or with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the oil and vanilla and mix in thoroughly. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and pulse (or mix at low speed) until just combined. Fold in the chips and nuts (if using) with a spoon.
Pour the batter into a greased 12-inch square pan (or the closest you have). Bake 15 minutes. Let it cool. Cut into 2 x 2 inch bars . Do NOT refrigerate. Store at room temperature, or freeze, tightly wrapped. Makes about 2 dozen chocolate blondies.