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My Favorite Blondies Recipe, an Interview with Hershey’s Linda Stahl and a Giveaway! (Closed)

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I recently went to a cookie exchange for my cake club and I brought these blondies…they are sooo good! I have been making this recipe for several years now, ever since it landed in my inbox one year from Food Network's 12 Days of Cookies emails. I finally feel like I have this recipe down pat now…you have to use a hand mixer when creaming the egg and brown sugar. It's a must…it's comes out much better that way versus using a rubber spatula and your arm. Also, using the best vanilla extract and butter you can find as well as the best tasting white chocolate chips out there makes a huge difference. I hope you try them and enjoy!

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Platinum Blondies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 16 bars

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract I used Sonoma Syrup Co. vanilla extract crush
  • 8 Tbsp 1 stick unsalted butter, melted, I used Kerrygold unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 4 oz. white chocolate chopped or 3/4 cup white chocolate chips, I used Hershey's premier white chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Take an 8-inch square pan and cover in foil and spray with baking spray.
  • Using an electric mixer, cream brown sugar and egg until it's light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and melted butter, mix well with electric mixer.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together with a rubber spatula the flour, baking soda and salt.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture in batches and incorporate with a rubber spatula. Be careful not to over mix your batter.
  • Stir in pecans and white chocolate, using rubber spatula. Again do not over mix.
  • Add batter to the square pan. Spray an angled spatula with baking spray and use it to smooth over the top.
  • Bake for about 25-28 minutes. The top will be dry and flaky and a toothpick test should come out clean with a few crumbs attached.
  • Allow to cool for about 10 minutes on a wire rack. Hold using foil sides and remove from square pan. Makes 16-20 blondie squares.

Notes

Slightly modified from Food Network.

I love cookie exchanges and I just recently was fortunate enough to interview Linda Stahl, baking authority for Hershey's Kitchens, about cookie exchanges. See the video below. She has some great tips for cookie exchanges. I love her tip about finding out what cookie recipes guests plan to bring so you can avoid duplicates.


If the video doesn't show up here, here' s a direct link to the video.

My friend, Melanie, also conducted an interview with Linda, you should check it out at her blog, Mel's Cake Walk. She provides some lessons she has learned after planning cookies exchanges for six years and will also hold a giveaway in the next couple of days.

And now for the giveaway…I was excited about this giveaway and opportunity because I'm a huge fan of their premier white chips…they taste good enough to pop in your mouth as a sweet treat let alone baking with!

The Prize: A Hershey's prize pack containing a Hershey's apron, 2 bags of Hershey's kisses, 3 bags of assorted Hershey's baking chips and 1 canister of Hershey's cocoa.

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Disclosure: I was provided with the same kit the winner will be getting. I received no monetary compensation and the views and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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