Salted Double Chocolate Blondie Bars

I almost renamed these as “Kitchen Sink Blondies”. Please tell me I’m not the only person who has a bunch of little leftover ingredient bags in the cupboard from previous recipes! Things like nuts, chocolate chips, granola, dried fruit and beans (beans?)  But I’m sure it would hurt me in the SEO category. Can you imagine people with plumbing issues searching for answers and this coming back in their results? Hey, many of them might end up thinking, screw the blocked sink…I’m making blondies!
 
To which I would say go ahead and make these blondies. Forget your sink issues and clean out your cupboard. These blondies will take almost anything you throw at them -except dried beans- chuck it all in the bowl and watch it get all melty. 
 
 
I should also know by now that two year old’s are much smarter than we give them credit for. I had been taking pictures of the blondies and decided to switch to another camera lens. The lens was in another room and as I left to go and get it, I passed my boy who was heading to the room where the blondies were. Now I’m well aware of how sneaky this kid can be but can he really do anything in the four seconds it would take me to go from one room to another? The short answer is yes…he can be sneaky in two seconds or probably even in one second. He’s a professional sneaker, so when I got back to the blondies he had already taken a bite of one and was looking really pleased at having found these in such a random place. Score for the sneaker!
 
 
 

Recipe for Double Chocolate brownies: Adapted from Chocolate by Williams-Sonoma.

Prep Time- 10 minutes    Bake Time- 25-30 minutes    Serves- 24-48 squares

2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 ounce unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 1/3 cups packed brown sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup dark chocolate chips, plus extra for drizzling on top (optional)
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup hazelnuts, chopped
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Rub a 9-by-13-inch baking tray with butter until well coated. Set aside.

Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Place the softened butter and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until light and fluffy, about five minutes.

Add the eggs one at a time and beat until well combined. Scrape down and add the vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture and mix until it just comes together.

Finally mix in the chocolate chips and nuts. Pour the mixture into the prepared tray and spread out until even on top.

Bake for about 25-30 minutes and let cool completely before cutting. Melt the remaining chocolate and drizzle on top of the blondies. Sprinkle with the sea salt.

 

39 comments


  • beautiful photo’s, they look like an absolute joy… and that salt kick is the thing to take them from cloying to divine eh?

    February 25, 2013
  • I have a ka-billion random open packages in my baking pantry!!!!!!! These look scrumptious!

    February 25, 2013
  • yes please!

    February 25, 2013
  • Ha ha – he probably thought you put them there just for him! Smart boy :) Beautiful blondies too – I would probably do the same thing. So adorable!

    February 25, 2013
  • You are not the only one!!! I can’t tell you how many little bags of all kinds of stuff I’ve got in the pantry. …and I, too, find myself wanting to add the name “kitchen sink” to recipes. Kitchen Sink Soup is one of my favs! These blondies look soooooo good. Yum!

    February 25, 2013
  • Pass me the pan! These look amazing!

    February 25, 2013
  • Ohhh these are cookies! The title threw me off…I mean they are called salted double chocolate blondies :P Looks and sounds amazing! Can’t wait to try :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

    February 25, 2013
  • pia

    Many thanks for this great recipe. We managed to get it but it felt superb: -)
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    February 25, 2013
  • I want to reach through my computer screen and eat a whole plate of these babies!!!

    February 25, 2013
  • That looks divine! I love hazelnuts and the addition of sea salt sounds great. Thanks!

    February 25, 2013
  • Gerry…Gerry…I’m trying to lose some weight ahead of our New York tavelogue trip in April. Then I see THESE! I have pinned to make when we get back…and will go back to my container of Chobani yogurt. Sigh…

    February 25, 2013
  • Double chocolate and sea salt? I’m all in!

    February 25, 2013
  • I don’t like wasting food so there’s always small baggies of everything in our cupboards. Your blondies look perfect — really craving one now. Thanks for sharing Gerry!

    February 25, 2013
  • Okay, you made me laugh. One, every time I open my pantry I’m hit in the head with half a dozen bags of something, with not enough in each to make one thing. AND the SEO thing, so true!! These blondies rock!

    February 26, 2013
  • I realize you get this all the time, but HOORAY FOR A MAN BLOGGER!! It’s like a breath of fresh air!!!

    February 26, 2013
    • Actually Carrian I don’t get it very often but thanks, I appreciate it :)

      February 26, 2013
  • Awesome blondies, Gerry. The drizzle on top are so pretty.

    February 26, 2013
  • So, can you believe that I have never made blondies?! What the heck is wrong with me?! These look so good! Love that photo of your little one getting ready to take a big bite!

    February 26, 2013
  • Nope, I’ve got a bunch of random ingredients in small Weck jars. Including beans.
    The blondies sound delicious!

    February 26, 2013
  • Oh boys what can I say? Mine is ten and is getting even sneakier ha,ha! But on the other hand who could turn his eyes away from these mouthwatering blondies?

    February 26, 2013
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    February 26, 2013
  • I’m not sure which I like more, your darling son or these amazing looking blondes! Love all these yummy flavors in here!

    February 26, 2013
  • Don’t you love the random key word searches? On the beer blog someone found me with “Great Recipes for Toddler” and another person with “Chocolate Blow Jobs” I’m sure those people were very disappointed for very different reasons! But no one would be disappointed with these blondies, broken sink or not!

    February 26, 2013
  • Gerry, LOVE the photo of your son. So true- I too have a million little baking bags with a drop in each. Now I have a delicious way to use them up. Thanks

    February 26, 2013
  • Looking forward to trying these, especially because your taste tester has already approved them :)

    February 26, 2013
  • Love the idea of getting rid of the odds and ends, especially if it means getting to make these delicious blondies! Your son and my daughter would get along famously. :)

    February 26, 2013
  • Oh. I just remembered I wanted to buy some of your salted caramels for Christmas. Geez. Where did the season go? GREG

    February 26, 2013
  • i actually DO need to clean out my cupboards, these look like the perfect thing!

    February 26, 2013
  • i don;t really have words except for YUM YUM YUM!

    February 27, 2013
  • “Please tell me I’m not the only person who has a bunch of little leftover ingredient bags in the cupboard from previous recipes” – you’re not! I have 2 specific recipes on my site just for that: one was a rice krispies treat, and the other, a cookie. Both were perfect vehicles for folding in just about everything!

    Your blondies look amazing. And your 2 year old is very smart :)

    February 27, 2013
  • Kim

    These blondies are calling me, mostly because I too have all of these ingredients lying around. (I think I have 14 types of chocolate in the drawer.)

    And I truly am amazed by how quickly two year olds can sneak [insert anything here] when one is looking the other way.

    Just a few minutes ago, my two year old smeared soap all over her face while I edited some photos at the computer. She was just sitting under my feet~~~~

    Lastly – It was a pleasure to meet you last week! Hope to see you again soon. :)

    [K]

    March 05, 2013

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