Just looking at the photo you can tell that there is something more to them than traditional fudge, devils food or chocolate brownies. The brownies themselves don’t have more fun but you will when you taste the difference.
Blonde brownies are similar in shape to traditional brownies but that is as far as it goes. These blonde beauties or blondies as they are sometimes called do have some differences. For one dark brown sugar is substituted with light brown sugar. Then for the most part chocolate was eliminated from the recipe. Milk chocolate that is brown in color specifically.
One reason the chocolate was eliminated was to provide treats for those who had allergic reactions to chocolate. It could also be possible that chocolate caused other stomach conditions too. The love for brownies was so strong that the blonde brownie came into existence.
Eventually blonde brownies were made with some chocolate; typically white chocolate chips. This would give them a chocolaty taste without changing the coloring.
- 1 cup of light brown sugar packed
- ¼ cup of butter, melted
- 2 large eggs
- 3 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 1 cup of flour
- ½ teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon of salt
- ¼ cup of toffee chips
- Preheat oven to 350’.
- In a large mixing bowl add the sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla extract.
- Using a wooden spoon, cream the ingredients together, to form a soft sugary paste.
- Add the salt and baking powder to the measured flour and stir them together.
- Slowly and a little at a time add the flour mixture into the creamed sugar mixture.
- Make sure you stir all the flour into the sugar well as you go.
- Once the flour is completely incorporated into the sugar mixture it is ready for the baking pan.
- Grease the pan lightly before adding the batter with Pam or Crisco.
- Transfer the batter into an 8” square brownie pan. Spread the batter out so that it is even across the pan.
- Add the toffee chips on top of the brownie batter.
- Bake in the oven for 25 -30 minutes.
- Check to make sure the centers are cooked through by inserting a tooth pick or knife. Once the toothpick or knife comes out clean the center of the brownies are fully cooked and the pan can be removed from the oven.
- Place the baking pan upon a cooling rack and allow blonde brownies to cool completely.
- When the pan is cool enough, cut the cake into squares to form the brownies.
- Leave the cut brownies in the pan. This will allow the sides to also cool completely.
- Now remove the blonde brownies from the pan and place on a serving dish.
- If adding white chocolate chips include ¼ of a cup of these delicate morsels.
- Butterscotch is another common flavor that has been added to blonde brownies too. A ¼ cup of these chips is enough to include in the recipe above.
- If toffee chips can’t be located in your store just grab a couple of candy bars instead. (Heath or Skor) Both of these are made with chocolate but they are lightly coated and contain English toffee inside. Break them up into once inch pieces and chop with a chopper or grate in the food processor. You will have your toffee chips ready to add to the blonde brownies.
- Add either the chocolate or butterscotch at the same time the toffee is being added.
- The reason for adding the toffee and the white chocolate or butterscotch chips till the end is so they melt down into the batter just slightly. Most of the melting will remain on top making the surface of the brownies a crunchy topping while keeping the inside moist and gooey.
- Store left-over brownies – that is if there are any, in an air-tight container.
- In 1897 blonde brownies were referred to for the first time in the Sears Roebuck catalog.
- Then in 1906 the Boston Cooking School Cookbook published the first recipe for blonde brownies. These brownies had the texture of cake instead of the dense consistency we know and love today.
- In 1907 the Lowney’s Cookbook was published. Here the second recipe was introduced with the addition of chocolate and an extra egg providing that fudge taste and heaviness that is so popular.
- The twenty-second of January is National Blonde Brownie Day! Enjoy the day by baking a batch of blonde brownies to share with your family.
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