Stuffed with chocolate chips and chopped pecans, these Chocolate Pecan Blondies are an easy and delicious dessert!
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We’ve collected a lot of stuff in our basement, too. Stacks upon stacks of old food magazines and cookbooks. Piles of random plates that I think I might use in a photo one day. High school yearbooks. (Don’t worry…I kept those!) And old college textbooks. Now I’m all about saving some textbooks that you think you might use again one day, but I’m a good 15 years removed from undergrad and 5 years removed from grad school. If I haven’t used those books yet, then I don’t think I will. Plus, what good is a book on Latin love poetry going to do me now?
As I was cleaning out some of those old textbooks, it reminded me of the long nights studying back in college. I always had a hard time studying in my room as there were too many distractions (ahem, video games, ahem). So when I needed to get some real work done, I’d pack up my bag and my 20-pound laptop and head off to the library or another building on campus for a long night of cramming. If I went to the reading room in the library, then I’d stop somewhere around 10pm for a coffee. It was a nice way to break up the hours of studying. But if I went to other buildings (to mix it up a bit), then the snack options were far more limited.
I remember one building had sandwiches in a vending machine in the basement. That was the only option for a snack. Needless to say, I usually skipped the snack on those nights. I mean, it was a sandwich…in a vending machine…in the basement of a building. Sounds kinda sketchy, right? Speaking of things that are sketchy in vending machines…oysters. A company on Ile de Ra (an island off the southwestern coast of France) now sells oysters from a vending machine. $8 for a dozen. Uh? Does that really seem like a good idea? I put that one on par with the sandwiches from a vending machine.
Instead of oysters or sandwiches with suspiciously long expiration dates, I say we start a vending machine company that spits out baked goods. Like cookies, cakes and brownies. We’ll have to tackle the freshly baked concept, but my wife is an engineer. I’ll have her come up with something scientific there. And then we can stock that vending machine with treats like these Chocolate Pecan Blondies. Or Chocolate Cake. Or Caramel Apple Cheesecake. Come to think of it, we’re going to need a very large vending machine.
I was initially going to make brownies stuffed with chocolate chips and pecans, but then somewhere in between my office and the kitchen I called an audible. I decided to go with a blondie instead. Blondies are the lesser-known (but equally loved) cousin of brownies, and I happen to enjoy a good blondie. So Chocolate Pecan Blondies it was. These Chocolate Pecan Blondies are a cross between cookie + brownie + cake…and they’re delicious! The brown sugar brings a ton of flavor, and of course the chocolate chips + nuts are fun additions. But feel free to mix this one up. Toss some walnuts in there. Or butterscotch chips. Or M&M’s. But whatever you do, don’t add oysters…especially not oysters from a vending machine.
Enjoy these Chocolate Pecan Blondies, my friends!
Chocolate Pecan Blondies
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Line an 8”x8” baking pan with parchment paper so that the paper hangs over two of the edges by a couple of inches. Set pan aside.
- Using a medium bowl, whisk together the melted butter, brown sugar, eggs and milk. Add the flour, baking powder and salt; mix until just combined. Fold ½ cup each of semisweet chocolate chips and chopped pecans into the batter.
- Spread batter into the prepared baking pan. Sprinkle remaining ¼ cup each of semisweet chocolate chips and chopped pecans on top.
- Bake at 350°F for 44-46 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean.
- Allow blondies to cool in pan.
- Lift the cooled bars out of the pan; slice into squares.