Browned Butter Blondie Bars

This weekend as a baking kitchen venture, I decided to make some browned butter blondie bars. I randomly found a recipe online while I was browsing for some easy desserts to bake so Joel and I can nibble on something sweet while we watch The Great British Bake Off.Making these was a first for me. There was a bit of a mishap, but not on the taste – as Joel and our nieces – who are staying over for Spring Break – can attest.

I didn’t get enough good shots of the finished product because they fell apart as I was cutting them into squares; I didn’t wait long enough for the bars to completely cool before running my knife through it. I know, rookie mistake.

Anyway, I was still able to take a step-by-step photo of how I made this. Because it was seriously delicious and oh so simple to make (seriously, very little effort needed), I’m definitely making this again – and I promise to patiently wait for it to set and cool.

Here’s how I did it:

Ingredients:

  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 chocolate chips
  • walnuts to put on top (optional)

Heat a pan over medium-high heat and start to melt the butter, until lightly browned, stirring constantly. Watch it carefully or else you  might end up with hardened caramel fused permanently to the bottom of your pan. Once melted, transfer it to a bowl and let it cool for about 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°F.  In a large bowl, put the flour, sugar, and baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine.Combine the egg and melted butter with a whisk.Pour the egg and butter mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients and fold together until combined.Fold in the chocolate chips.Transfer the batter (it will be a thick one) into a greased 8×8 baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spread the batter evenly with a spatula.You can add (or not add) whatever toppings you like. I topped one side with walnuts for me while the other side has some Chocolate Crunch on it. Joel’s not a fan of nuts, so the Chocolate Crunch side is for him (and yes, for me as well haha). Bake it for about 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool completely before cutting into squares. 

 

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