Browned Butter Blueberry Macadamia Blondies

By • June 21, 2011 • 5 Comments



Author Notes: A travel snack should be easy, make ahead, and travel well. I'm more of the non-chocolate dessert type, so blondies have always been my preferred bar dessert. My three year old is in love with blueberries, so we always have them around. They go great with macadamia nuts for crunch and a bit of nutmeg for spiciness. You can really use whatever nut you have at home that is your favorite, as long as it is toasted nicely.

The blondie recipe is sort of a mash up of Mark Bittman's and the classic Joy of Cooking. If this recipe were on a brownie box it would say "somewhere between cake-like and fudge-like." I like the addition of granulated sugar to get a bit of a crunchy crust and a bit more salt to give the blondies that carmelized saltiness. Best of all - brown the the butter for the recipe - the toasty flavor really makes it special.
meganvt01

Serves 8

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts, toasted and chopped
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  1. Preheat oven to 350. In one bowl mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. Stir well.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium low heat until lightly golden brown. Add sugars to the saucepan and stir to dissolve sugars. Remove from heat and cool.
  3. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla to the cooled butter/sugar mixture.
  4. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients. Mix in the nuts.
  5. Pour the batter into a greased 8X8 baking dish. Sprinkle blueberries over top. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
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about 1 year ago LE BEC FIN

o.k., you have me inspired now! i'm going to try a version that subs in some cornmeal and a lot of lemon zest! thank you; lovely!

Me

about 3 years ago wssmom

I have been given a TON of blueberries and now know what to do with some of them, at least! Thanks!

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about 3 years ago singing_baker

Wow I never thought about the combonation of blueberries with macadamia nuts. Sounds very interesting. I'm going to have to give this one a try.

Meg_b_f52

about 3 years ago meganvt01

Thanks so much!

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I love the idea of blueberries instead of chocolate. And browning the butter is a very nice idea. They look absolutely delicious.