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Not-So-Basic Blondies

Take away the chocolate and discover a huge range of ways to flavor these caramelly bar cookies.
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Blondies can be so much more than just brownies minus the chocolate! Once that dominating flavor is gone, there are all sorts of flavor directions you can take these caramelly bar cookies.

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    Classic Blondies

    Consider this classic blondie recipe the starting point: if you like, swap out the pecans for other nuts, chips, or dried fruit. Dark brown sugar will give you an especially flavorful blondie (and an almost brownie-like hue).

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    Coffee Blondies

    These chewy cookies have all the classic features that you love in a blondie—toasted nuts and chocolate chips—plus a caffeinated boost from coffee. To make sure the flavor shines through, use strong coffee.

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    Apple-Walnut Maple Blondies

    Take a maple-apple-walnut filling, sandwich it between two shortbread-like crusts, then finish it with a maple glaze—and you have one delectable blondie.

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    Honey-Roasted Peanut Blondies with Caramel Fudge Ripple Ice Cream

    Who doesn’t love chocolate and peanut butter? This pairing of chewy, not-too-sweet oatmeal peanut blondies and rich, fudgy caramel ice cream is a sophisticated dessert for the kid in all of us.

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    Rum-Raisin Blondies

    Brown sugar gives these bar cookies loads of caramel flavor and a moist, chewy, brownielike texture. Rum-soaked raisins add delicious depth. For a nonalcoholic version, soak the raisins in water.

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    Scotch Blondies

    Scotch's vanilla flavors enhance these soft, chewy blondies, while its toasty, smoky nuances make a nice counterpoint to the sweetness. Use a blended Scotch and save your single malt to sip along with them.

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  • Malted White Chocolate Streusel Bars
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    Malted White Chocolate Streusel Bars

    This chewy bar cookie is like a cross between blondies and a coffee cake spiked with white chocolate. Finely chopped white chocolate melts to give the batter a fudgy richness, while heartier chunks make for creamy pockets in the streusel topping.

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    Salted-Peanut Blondies

    I like peanuts best when they are well salted and paired with something sweet. Bazzini peanuts from New York City have an exceptional crunch, a good roasted flavor, and a pleasing level of saltiness, which makes them the perfect addition to buttery blondies studded with milk chocolate chips. This recipe makes small blondies; you can cut them bigger if you like.

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    Hazelnut Toffee Squares

    These rich bar cookies are essentially ultra-caramelly blondies topped with chocolate ganache and sprinkled with toasted hazelnuts.

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