Tuesday, July 27, 2010

TWD: Chewy, Chunky Blondies


This week’s Tuesdays With Dorie recipe is Chewy, Chunky Blondies. I had high expectations for this recipe and anticipated it would probably be Josh’s new favorite treat. Sadly, my bars did not come out quite as wonderful as I expected them to. They didn’t seem done after the allotted baking time, so I baked them a bit longer since I didn’t think it would be possible to slice them, and possibly ruined the texture. (These photos were taken about four days after I made them, so they are not at their prime. And yikes – there were still some left four days after I made them; almost imaginable around here.) My add-ins were a cup of chocolate chips, a cup of toffee bits, and a cup of walnuts. Just last week I was saying how nuts interrupted brownies, but with blondies, I think they’re a nice addition to cut the sweetness a bit.



“Too much” has never been an issue for Josh when it comes to desserts (and the recipe comes with a warning that it is more mix-in than cookie), but he actually said he would have preferred a higher dough to chip ratio. Since I wasn’t completely satisfied with how they turned out, I kind of wanted to make them again, but I ran out of time and decided it could wait until we are low on treats. Even though we didn’t love the blondies, they’re still pretty good. This recipe rated a 7 for Deliciousness and a 2.5 for Effort, for an EDR of 2.8. Many thanks to Nicole of Cookies on Friday for selecting a recipe I’d wanted to try for a while. You can find the recipe here on her site and visit the TWD site to see how the blondies turned out for the rest of the group.

13 comments:

Clivia said...

Well your blondies look perfect! They have lots of height. Maybe you could try the fruit and nut combo.

Jessica said...

Bummer. I'm sorry that these didn't meet your expectations. They look like a pretty tasty treat to me.

Kayte said...

It's always disappointing to go to a lot of trouble to bake something from scratch and then have it be so-so with the eaters! So, next time you have something that looks that good, and Josh isn't thrilled, send them here...guaranteed my teens will LOVE them and YOU!

Pamela said...

They look so good, though! Try them again and I'll bet you will find what you were hoping for!

Hanaâ said...

Too bad these weren't a hit. They look dense and chewy in the pictures. Not sure what went wrong.

Tracey said...

Hi Margot! Your blondes look really good even if they weren't a huge hit. I know where you're coming from as the second batch I baked had a less than favorable texture too. Apparently it was tricky to find the middle ground with this recipe. Love your idea to churn the pieces into ice cream- I may just do that with some of our leftovers!

TeaLady said...

Sorry these weren't a hit for you. They look delicious. Maybe try them again sometime.

Loved them at this house. But if there are some left after 3/4 days you know they won't be a repeat.

Nicole said...

They look pretty good but I know pictures can be deceptive. Thanks for baking along with me this week.

jillbert said...

That's a sign, isn't it, when something is still around a few days later. I like the dough part of a blondie too, so it's nice not to have too many mix-ins.

Mimi said...

I had a bad expereince with an over baked snickerdoodle blondie last year, so I under baked mine and they came out just perfect.
Mimi

Susan said...

They sure look like they turned out good. :) I really, really liked these!

Carol Peterman said...

Too bad they didn't thrill you. They look lovely. I was really surprised by how much I liked these. I went in with low expectations.

cake-drama.com said...

I made these and they were really good. I'm sorry that you did not like them, because your photo is great.