So. Who put off all their holiday baking to the last minute? *raises hand*
The inherent problem with accomplishing 80 percent of your holiday shopping on Black Friday is that you forget about all the things that can’t be done until much closer to Christmas, namely baked goods. Baking and the holidays go together like…well, milk and cookies. It’s just what you do. It’s also an excellent solution when you don’t quite know what to buy for someone, or when someone tells you not to spend money on them—so you unceremoniously ask them what their favorite dessert is, make it, and present it to them in a cute little package. Holiday gift, done. Bam.
I made these blondies as one such holiday gift solution (the holiday in question being “Decembertimes,” as the recipient doesn’t celebrate Christmas) and it went over so well that I thought I’d share the recipe. I’d actually never tried my hand at blondies before this, and I absolutely love how easy and fast they are to make. A lot of recipes I looked at called for butterscotch chips, but my personal preference—and thankfully, the recipient’s—is chocolate chips. It kind of makes them like a cross between brownies and chocolate chip cookies. And even a self-proclaimed Christmas-hater can’t say no to that. (Right, Marshall?)
Chocolate Chip Blondies
Adapted from Simply Recipes
Ingredients (serves 12)
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/8 tsp baking soda
- Pinch of salt
- 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat a 9 x 13″ pan with cooking spray and sprinkle with flour.
Whisk together melted butter, applesauce and brown sugar in a bowl. Mix in egg and vanilla extract.
Add flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir until just combined (don’t overmix). Fold in chocolate chips.
Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before cutting and serving.