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Walnut Chocolate Blondies

by Jamie on March 24, 2010

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I love grocery stores, go figure, right? I love wandering through the aisles, checking out random spices, olive oils and fun new products.

However, I loathe those mid-week quick trips to pick up odds and ends and I HATE putting groceries away. Last week, I asked Brian to make a mid-week trip to pick up some pecans and oranges; he came home with walnuts and oranges.

Now, if you have read my blog for a while, you may remember that Brian claims to be “allergic” to walnuts. Is his world, being “allergic” means they bother his tongue and mouth, so they have been banished from my baking cupboard. Personally, I think this “allergy” is a bunch of malarkey. 

Did I just say malarkey? Yes, indeed I did. Hogwash also has a nice ring to it, but we’ll stick with malarkey for now.

Back to the walnuts…he bought them, so I used them {his fault, right?}; this made him exceedingly cranky. He likes to be the first to test my baked creations to make sure they are “up to standard” before he takes them to his ever-so picky coworkers…kidding, they eat ANYTHING!

To sum it up, Brian did not taste these Walnut Chocolate Chunk Blondies, so I had to. My verdict? They were good, not amazing…I thought they needed something, but could not put my finger on it. More butter? More Sugar? More vanilla? No walnuts…MORE walnuts? If you make them and figure it out, please enlighten me! If you have not checked out my facebook fan page, you may want to head over there and do so…something rad may just post there on Friday!

Looking for another Blondie recipe? Check these out!
Snickerdoodle Blondies from My Baking Addiction
Coconut Chocolate Blondies from My Baking Addiction
White Chocolate Coconut Blondies from GoodLife Eats
Caramel Chocolate Blondies from Two Peas and Their Pod


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Walnut Chocolate Blondies

March 24th, 2010

Ingredients:

10 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 eggs, beaten
3 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
a large pinch of salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chunks {I used Scharffen Berger}

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line with foil a 30 X 22cm baking tray.

2. In a large, heavy pan, melt gently the butter. Add the sugar, stir well, and remove from the heat. Let cool for a minute, then add the eggs and vanilla, stirring well.

3. Sift the flour, salt and baking powder over the butter/sugar/egg mixture. Stir only until thoroughly blended, but don’t beat or overmix. Fold in nuts and chocolate.

4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

5. Bake for 25 minutes until just firm.

6. Cool for a while in the baking tray, then lift the cake, transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Remove the foil and cut into squares. Makes 48 pieces.

adapted Chocolate Temptations, by Linda Collister


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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessica @ How Sweet March 24, 2010 at 9:08 pm

I like ‘hogwash.’ :) My husband claims to hate things like ricotta cheese, yet he has eaten it on numerous occasions. I love reminding him of this. :) These look fantastic!

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Maria March 24, 2010 at 9:08 pm

I am a sucker for blondies. These look wonderful. I love grocery shopping and I don’t mind putting them away either. I am weird:) Thanks for the link love:)

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Nicole @ Making Good Choices March 24, 2010 at 9:10 pm

I LOVE going to the food store, but am just like you that I hate hate HATE going midweek. i do the same thing to my husband, but I make sure I tell him ten times what I need and he’ll still call me. haha. Love your blondies!

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Katie @ goodLife {eats} March 24, 2010 at 9:12 pm

I would probably add some orange zest, it’s a great flavor match for both the chocolate and the walnuts.

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Jamie March 24, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Good call, I bet the orange zest may liven them up a bit!

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Jill March 24, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Walnuts are banned in my house too! I love they way they taste in all things baked, but alas…
I use dried fruit instead. I may try this recipe with dried cranberries!

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Meg March 24, 2010 at 10:24 pm

As an aside about food allergies – I’m allergic to LOTS of different kinds of food (it’s pretty sad…) and it started with my mouth and tongue being really sensitive. I would eat an apple and my mouth would start to swell a little and itch. I told my family but as a kid, no one believed me. Finally, I found my way to an allergist, who did a blood test, and confirmed the allergies I already knew were there. Apparently tongue and mouth beginning to swell is the beginning of what could be a severe allergy – I went home with an epi pen and instructions to stay away from all those foods!

So I say that all to encourage you to go easy on him :) It sucks when people don’t believe you about allergies but it sucks even more having to stay away from yummy foods!

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Jamie March 25, 2010 at 3:24 am

OMG This is too too hysterical! MY husband claims he’s allergic to walnuts, too, that they bother his mouth! And he refuses to eat anything with walnuts (mostly). I think it is all a put on, too, only to get out of eating what he doesn’t want to eat. But then I’d say “more of these fabulously delicious blondies for me!” and fabulously yummy they do indeed look!

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Happy Cook March 25, 2010 at 3:55 am

I love the time i spend in supermarkets too, that is if i am not in a hurry, i took look to the spices and specail things they ahve etc…. The blondies look so so yumm. Bookmarking them.

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Chaya March 25, 2010 at 9:18 am

Hubby’s favorite is Blondies with nuts but no chocolate. I love the chocolate. I am thinking of splitting the batter between two bowls and add chocolate to mine. We would both be happy. You make these look so rich with the chocolate.

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kristan roland March 25, 2010 at 11:25 am

These look so yummy! I would definitely prefer pecans over walnuts though….the very reason I don’t send my husband to the store!! It never ends well!!

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Kim at Rustic Garden Bistro March 25, 2010 at 11:47 am

Lol. I like your honesty. Do you have a recipe for AMAZING blondies?!?!? [K]

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sarah @ syrupandhoney March 25, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Haha! My husband does stuff like this all the time and, in fact, did the EXACT same thing about a month ago – brought me walnuts instead of pecans. Oh well, we love both :)

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Allison March 25, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Haha I have a roommate who feigns a food allergy when she doesn’t like something. Although I know for a fact that she has eaten things that contain her so called “food allergies”. Silly people =) I think the blondies look GREAT!

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Brooke March 26, 2010 at 1:46 pm

hahaha – hogwash! What a great word! I’ve only tried to make blondies once and they didn’t turn out very good. I might have to give this recipe a try!

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ingrid March 26, 2010 at 1:47 pm

When the twins don’t like something they never say they don’t like it. They always just say they “don’t want it”. LOL, used to drive me crazy until I figured it.

Despite the blondies’ lack of flavor they look good.

Happy Friday!
~ingrid

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Ash March 27, 2010 at 9:49 pm

I love your site!! And I love the sound of these brownies!! Great flavors.. I think I need to try these out soon!!

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Valen March 28, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Oh yum! These look great!

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Faith April 1, 2010 at 4:02 pm

So I tried these because I love making blondies and I’ve never tried it with choc and walnuts. For some reason, it came out really really doughy (kinda like bread or something). I think the 3 cups of flour was too much (but I didn’t know that at the time). OR maybe I made a mistake somewhere? Not too sure.

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Jamie April 1, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Faith-

Sorry about your experience with these being doughy…I did not think mine were bread like at all. Dense, but not doughy. As I said in the post, I thought they were missing something…just could not figure out what! Have a great day and thanks for letting me know your experience with these!
-Jamie

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Kate Watson April 4, 2010 at 12:10 am

I have just made these today and I agree, they need something… more. A little more sweetness perhaps, but also they are more of a cakey consistency – no fudge or gooeyness about them at all. But still delicious with a cup of coffee. They certainly wont be going to waste in my house.

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Evan April 9, 2010 at 5:37 pm

I have been searching for a good blondie recipe and I think that I am going to try and experiment these and use pecans in stead of walnuts :)

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Katie December 2, 2011 at 7:11 am

I haven’t made these ones but I have made blondies before and I always use melted white chocolate in mine, just as I would use melted chocolate in my normal brownies! So maybe that’s whats missing? Just a thought :) I melt the chocolate with the butter so adding the brown sugar at this process would make caramel brownies I guess :)

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