I love to keep up with what my blogger friends are up to. It never ceases to amaze me what new recipes they have imagined into reality, or the friendly advice they have for those of us who are just starting out. Usually this is done via my Blogger Reading List, Foodbuzz, email subscriptions, and Facebook. One recipe that caught my attention recently was Banana Cinnamon Chip Blondies on Blog is the New Black. At some time I had also printed out a Blondie recipe from Smitten Kitchen, so I decided to blend the two of them together.
When I am making brownies, or blondies in this case, I really like to have big, fat, chewy-gooey squares as an end result. I really don't like the flat kind of brownies that are the result of a single batch being cooked in a rectangular pan, so I usually make a double batch and bake them in a square tin.
For some reason I always thought that Blondies were bar cookies that were made with white chocolate, and that using milk (or dark) chocolate would make them Brownies instead. After reading the post by Liz (Blog is the New Black) I learned that Blondies actually have brown sugar, rather than chocolate, as the main ingredient.
Somewhere along the line I grabbed a bag of cappuccino chips rather than cinnamon chips, but I loved the result so much that I am glad that I made this mistake. I nibbled on some of the crumbs as I was cutting them up and getting them ready for their close-up and the flavor is just amazing. I had to restrain myself for now but, later tonight, these will be enjoyed with a cup of Ka'u coffee for sure. Then the rest will be packaged up for my daughters to take to school tomorrow and share with their friends.
Edit - Thank you so much for your lovely comments. For those who have been asking about the cappuccino chips I purchased them online from King Arthur Flour. I am a big fan of this store, not only do they have amazing products, but their customer service is outstanding. I used the regular-sized chips in my version, but they also sell a mini size.
Banana-Cappuccino Chip Blondies
- 16 tablespoons butter, melted (2 sticks)
- 2 cup brown sugar
- 2 egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 cups mashed banana (about 4 medium bananas)
- 1 ½ cups cappuccino chips
- 2 tablespoons demerara sugar
- Butter an 8×8 pan.
- Mix melted butter with brown sugar and beat until smooth.
- Add eggs and then vanilla, and mix well.
- Mix together the flour, salt, and baking soda and stir in to the mixture.
- Mix in banana and cappuccino chips.
- Pour into prepared pan.
- Sprinkle sugar evenly over the top.
- Bake at 350°F approximately 45 minutes, or until set in the middle.
- Cool on rack before cutting into squares.
Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen and Blog is the New Black.