Sunday is baking day in our house. I look through my cookbooks, pinterest boards and Instagram for inspiration for this week’s sweet treat. I recently picked up Michael Smith’s cookbook Family Meals: 100 Easy Everyday Recipes from Value Village (steal!) and instantly wanted to try his Caramel Chip Blondies. The recipe is ridiculously easy and soooo delicious. I’m really trying to actually work through the cookbooks I have instead of gravitating towards accessible but often not as good pinterest recipes. In case you don’t know… a blondie is like a brownie but it doesn’t have the chocolate component. I think of blondies as a giant cookie baked in a pan with a chewy texture
This recipe made a 9×13 pan’s worth of blondies and I’ve been sharing them with my colleagues at work. I find a good blondie and good cup of coffee (or tea for me) really boosts the morale. These blondies would be fantastic as the base of other desserts as well. I’m thinking a brownies sundae or a trifle with brownie layers, whipping cream and caramel sauce (ohhhh yaaaa).
These blondies are great for lunches. I like to cut them into smaller sizes so that I can eat more than one without feeling guilty about it. I’m also picturing these beauties as shining stars on a delicious dessert board or for a potluck. The world is your oyster. I mean you could just make a batch and eat them all by yourself while watching netflix with your cat (I may do that tonight). Whatever floats your boat, as long as you make these bad boys it doesn’t matter why or for whom (as long as you get a couple servings).
Honestly, I think I have listed enough excuses for you to just jump into the kitchen and make a batch. Trust me, you will thank yourself later and so will your friends if you are willing to share (no judgement if you don’t).
- 1 cup salted butter room temperature
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 cups caramel chips divided
Preheat oven to 350° . Grease and line a 9 x 13 cake pan (preferably with straight edges).
Cream together the butter and sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat together until thick and smooth. Add vanilla and eggs one at a time until combined.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and 1 cup of caramel chips.
Add this mixture to the creamed butter and sugar on low speed. Transfer to baking dish and spread out evenly with your lightly floured hands. Sprinkle the remainder of the chocolate chips on top.
Bake for 30-40 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely in the pan. Remove from pan and cut into desired sizes.