Salted Peanuts and Dark Chocolate Blondies

4.22.2012



I wonder how these bars came to be. Someone probably put a batch of chocolate chip cookie dough in a pan by mistake. And never looked back.

I´m not a big cookie fan. Like to make them, hardly ever eat them, but understand it´s not the average feeling. Most people love cookies. I would rather have a bar or cake, without frosting if possible.
But the taste of chocolate chip cookies is so great, that this recipe went on my to-do list as soon as I saw it. That was ages ago. A real discovery.

I have a recipe from a very old magazine for cookie `pizza´. It´s nothing more than a batch of blondies cooked in a pizza pan, then topped with ice cream, fudge sauce and cherries. It never ceases to amaze me how the same batter varies so much depending on the pan or the shape.
I started making this variation a while back. Quite by accident. I had bought an enormous amount of peanuts, nothing new here, and had run out of regular chocolate chips. Why did I insist on making blondies then? I have no idea. I could´ve made so many other things instead.


The first time, I found them too sweet. And walnuts are so common in this kind of dough, it´s boring. So I used salted peanuts and had to throw in my beloved very semi-sweet Belgian chips, due to a lack of the other kind. This is the chocolate I reserve for very special occasions. The one I eat directly from the bag. Well, it turned out to be the perfect balance for the sweet dough. The chocolate was just what these bars needed. And then the extra salt from the peanuts. It cut right through the sugar. It was perfect.
This, I can say, are my favorite blondies.


SALTED PEANUTS AND DARK CHOCOLATE BLONDIES
barely adapted from Kathleen´s Bakeshop Cookbook, by Kathleen King

I use chocolate chips from Callebaut that have 70% cocoa.

Makes 8 bars

Ingredients

2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter
1 ¾ cups firmly packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup salted peanuts
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350ºF / 180ºC. Grease a 13 by 9-inch pan. I use a smaller one because I like taller bars.
In a large bowl stir together flour, baking powder and salt.
In another large bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in vanilla.
Stir in flour mixture and mix well. Stir in peanuts and chocolate chips.
Bake for 35 minutes, or until top springs back when lightly tapped with fingers.
Remove pan to a wire rack and let cool before cutting.
Blondies freeze well and can be mailed easily.


2 comments:

  1. Love the look of your blog now!! And these sound delicious!!!!

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