Blondies (do not) have more fun

20 Apr

This post is for my good friend Jeff.  When I started the blog he asked me if I would post a recipe that didn’t turn out.  Well Jeff, this recipe was a bust!

Let me start off by saying that it is no reflection on the recipe itself.  I just seemed to have a hard time following the instructions that were in front of me while I was preparing these Blondies

My big plan was to bake for my colleagues at work.  We were recognizing some achievements and I thought, great, I can whip up a batch of Brownies and a batch of Blondies!  I searched on-line and came across a couple of recipes from All Recipes that I book-marked for this specific occasion.

My big plan was to double each batch to make sure that there were plenty to go around.  I started with the Blondie recipe.  The reviews were good and it had received a rating of 4 ½ stars out of 5, so I figured I couldn’t go wrong.  I guess that was my first mistake.

When I got home from work I tried doing too much stuff at once; Pulling out all the ingredients for both recipes, emptying the dishwasher, pre-heating the oven, getting all the pans greased and ready for the batter.  Even though I wanted to double each recipe, I didn’t type them out that way.  I figured that I can do that kind of math in my head.  I guess that was mistake number two.

When I was gathering up the ingredients, I noticed that I didn’t have quite enough white all-purpose flour to make both recipes, so I figured I could add some whole wheat to the blondie recipe.  As I started to measure out what I needed, Jamie arrived home from work.  I got distracted from my task at hand while I was talking to him about his day.

I carried on with making the batter; Melting the butter, adding the eggs and sugar and then the dry ingredients. I poured the batter into the prepared pan and then into the oven it went.  When I was pouring out the batter, I thought it was a bit thick, but, because I have never made a batch of blondies before, I thought that was just normal.

I carried on to make the brownies.  When the blondies were finished, I put the brownies in the oven and turned out the blondies to cool.

Of course, I had to take pictures (the pictures turned out well and they actually make these look like they might be delicious!).  Once the photo shoot was over, Jamie and I had a sample.  Hmmmm, I thought they were OK, but maybe a bit dry.  When I had another one, I decided they were too dry to take into work.

*So co-workers, if you are reading this – the plan was for you to have a selection of baked goods to choose from – sorry about that!

I tried to determine what I did wrong.  Was it adding in the whole wheat flour?  Did I over bake them?  I couldn’t determine what my error was, until … I awoke at 3:00 am in the morning.  I basically sat upright in bed and thought sugar!  Yep, sugar.  Because, even though I can do simple multiplication in my head, and doubled all the required ingredients, I forgot to double the sugar.  That totally explains this epic failure in my Blondie experiment.

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Original Recipe from All Recipes
Blonde Brownies I
Sue Bush

*Note – usually I post the recipe with all the modifications that I have done, however, because the outcome of these Blondies is not representative of the recipe, I am giving you the original recipe.


  • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Measure 1 cup sifted flour.  Add baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Sift again.  Add 1/2 cup chopped nuts.  Mix well and set aside.
  3. Melt 1/3 cup butter.  Add 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar and mix well. Cool slightly.
  4. Add egg (beaten) and vanilla.  Blend well.  Add flour mixture, a little at a time, mixing well.
  5. Spread in a 9x9x2 inch pan.  Sprinkle 1/2 to 1 cup chocolate chips on top.  Bake for 20-25 minutes.
1 Comment

Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Baking, Desserts


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One response to “Blondies (do not) have more fun

  1. hookedontaste

    April 20, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    I made blondies for the first about a week ago and they were so good. You should try smitten kitchen’s blondies


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