Snow Days are for Baking

If you are being pelted with snow today, and find more time on your hands than usual, and if you tend to keep flour, sugar, butter, and chocolate chips on your hands, you too, can make The Barefoot Contessa’s chocolate chunk blondies.

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They are embarrassingly easy to throw together and perfect for snacking while you catch up on whatever Netflix show in which you are currently engrossed.

To make a 9 x 13 pan, you will need:

  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 C light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 extra large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 C all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 C chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1 1/4 pounds semisweet chocolate chunks (This is the stuff dreams are made of; more than one bag of chocolate chips in one recipe!)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour a 9 x 13 baking pan.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar on high for 3 minutes, till light and fluffy.  Add vanilla, and eggs, one at a time, with mixer on low.  Mix well, and scrape down bowl as necessary.  In small bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt.  Slowly add flour mixture, with mixer on slow.  Fold in walnuts and chocolate chunks with rubber spatula.

Spread batter into prepared pan, and smooth top.  Bake 30 minutes, or till a toothpick comes out (mostly) clean.  It will likely also be coated in melted chocolate, and that’s a great sign.  Let cool and cut into 12 ginormous bars.

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