March 12, 2010

The perfect blondie.

I mentioned awhile back that I've been on the hunt for the perfect blondie recipe. Well ladies and gents, I do believe I've found it. Where I found this perfect recipe forces me to admit something that might make me seem a little, um, nerdy. I got the recipe because I subscribe to Gwyneth Paltrow's newsletter, GOOP. So what if I'm a huge Gwyneth fan and secretly want to be her? No big deal.

I actually really love her newsletter. She sends out fairly useful tidbits about food, fashion, wellness, etc. In one of her food newsletters, oh about a year ago, were recipes for a bake sale. I took note of the blondie recipe but never got around to making them. Last weekend we decided to take advantage of the decently warm weather and cook out. I've got spring fever bad, and I thought making blondies would help. I was right.

Gwyneth's recipe called for peanut butter chips and marshmallows, but I'm not crazy about marshmallows so I left them out. I happened to have butterscotch chips instead, so I used those, and added some chocolate chips and macadamia nuts to round it out. I really love the combination, but you could substitute all kinds of things if you prefer.

Gwyneth's Blondies
I cut her recipe in half because I didn't want a gazillion of them. But the recipe doubles for a 12"x18" cookie sheet with a 1" rim. There is coconut in here for texture, so try it even if you don't like coconut.

2 sticks of unsalted butter at room temp
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups of unbleached, all purpose flour
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup shredded coconut
3/4 cup butterscotch chips
3/4 cup chocolate chips
3/4 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9x12 inch pan.
Cream the butter and sugars together in a mixer. Add the eggs, one at a time, and then the vanilla. In a separate bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter-sugar mixture, just until combined. Mix in the chips and nuts. Spread into the prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown.

1 comment:

  1. I made these exactly the way Gwyneth makes them and we found them lacking. The Blondie from Zingerman's in Ann Arbor is insanely better, that being said, your changes are certainly what makes yours rock. Your version sounds much better and I will def try next time. Thanks!