Saturday, November 17, 2012

Chocolate Chip Blondies

Kids say the darndest things. I’d like to say that as a mature, level-headed teenager, I’ve stopped saying things that my parents might retell for a laugh, but as it turns out, I still have my moments.

The other day, the family and I were gathered around the dinner table. I had finished eating earlier than the rest of my family, so I went to the fruit drawer in the refrigerator and pulled out an apple and an orange.

After washing the fruit, I returned to my seat and began peeling the orange. When my younger brother Kyle saw me peeling the fruit, his eyes lit up. Out of courtesy’s sake, I asked if anyone would like some orange segments.

“ME!” Kyle exclaimed. I gave him a look; that “ME!” seemed to have escaped his mouth just a little bit too quickly. I continued peeling my orange.

“Okay,” I replied facetiously, “so why don’t you go to fridge, get an orange, and then peel it?”

My dad burst out laughing and proceeded to choke for a good minute on whatever he happened to be swallowing at the moment. My mom smiled, holding back her laughter. “Kyleen!” she admonished. “That’s not nice!”

I handed Kyle half of the orange. After my dad regained his breath, he chimed in to the conversation. “So that was a very good lesson. Next time you kids ask me for something, I should say the same thing to you.”

Well, if you make these Chocolate Chip Blondies, you don’t have to worry about giving them away because treats like these are best shared.

Click below for the recipe.

Chocolate Chip Blondies

Adapted from: Better homes and Gardens Anyone Can Bake

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 375F. Butter and line a 9-inch square pan with parchment paper. (I doubled the recipe and baked the blondies in a 12-inch by 18-inch sheet pan.)

In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Add the sugars and heat until melted. Set aside to cool while mixing the dry ingredients. In a medium bowl, stir the flour, baking soda, and salt together.

Stir the eggs into the butter mixture, one at a time. Add the vanilla. Using a sturdy rubber scraper or wooden spoon, stir in flour until thoroughly combined.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over top. Bake for 25-35 minutes, until the blondies are set in the middle. Do not overbake. Let cool in the pan for twenty minutes before cutting into squares. 


  1. Kids really do say the darndest things. I was volunteering at the Science Center, and while I was at the Human Body exhibit, this kid runs in, points at a fetus, and yells "It's Voldemort!!!!"

    Anyway, this looks like a delicious treat! Are you going persueing a job in baking as a career, or is baking purely a hobby?

  2. It doesn't stop when you get older - instead it's your friends that start repeating the stuff we say! Blondies look delish but I always keep more than I give away :)


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