Ok so a few things I need to share with you. This all came about on a Sunday night after a long work weekend. I crave comfort food all the time but really on exhausting end of work weekends. so Brownies were the answer. It all started out as usual ingredient’s lined up and ready, egg was room temperature thanks to a hot water bath and butter was melted and cooling. It was going be a breeze and I can relax and enjoy while finishing a book with only 65 pages left then bed. Well that changed when I realized I didn’t have cocoa for the brownies YIKES! so now what????? Oh Mr. Baker think GOT IT Blondie’s duh ( brownies silly sister). Same ingredient’s just not chocolate, done and done it was decided. I would use the last 1/2 cup of walnuts in my pantry and a handful of chocolate I had stashed for a day like this. But I must of had a day like this recently because the chips were gone, YIKES AGAIN! So off I went across the street to the amazing Bodega that has saved my life many times in the past and will of course in the future. It gets even better. They didn’t have chocolate chips so I bought a few Hershey bars and figured YOU GOT THIS . So next step was to mix the butter and brown sugar then the dry ingredient’s followed by chopped walnut and chocolate. Smooooth sailing so I thought. I left the Blondie’s in the oven an extra 12 minutes and after they cooled they had a cookie soft yet crunchy texture, hence these are bars but if you leave them in for the 20-25 minutes you will have Blondie’s.
Moral of the story sometimes accidents turn out to be the best things ever when needed. Oh by the way I only got through about 10 pages before I was counting sheep and dreaming of my morning coffee and cookie bar.
Enjoy! And let me know what you think and what you added to your brownie/blondie/cookie bars
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar packed. light or dark works
1 egg, room temperature, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda *
pinch of salt
1 cup of all purpose flour
about 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, put aside 9 whole nuts
3 chocolate Candy Bars, leave 9 squares
9 whole walnuts 9 chocolate squares
* 1/8 half of a 1/4 spoon
Preheat oven 350 degrees. lightly butter/spray and flour an 8×8 pan. whisk together the melted butter and brown sugar in a bowl.
Add the lightly beaten egg with the vanilla and whisk some more.
Add the dry ingredients. Mix with a wooden spoon until combined then add walnuts and chocolate chunks. Not including the ones set aside.
Place into the greased pan and smooth out to fit the pan. I like to use rubber gloves and really spread the dough out. The back of a greased metal spoon works also . Bake for 20-25 minutes for blondie’s or leave in longer say 12 more minutes. Best way to check to see if they are finished is the old toothpick trick if it comes out dry its all good if it has the batter on it still leave it in longer. Ovens vary.
Allow to cool in pan for 5mins then let them cool on a rack before cutting .