Monday, October 25, 2010

Magic Blondies

These single-serving goodies are kitchen wizardry: Blondie batter is tucked into cupcake liners, topped with a combination of coconut, chocolate chips, walnuts, and dried cherries, and baked until golden.

Magic Blondies


The winner of the weekly poll isn't always my top choice for what I'm craving for at that exact day. Admittedly, that doesn't stop me from eating seconds and thirds, but today I was overjoyed to making the magic blondies because I've been wanting to indulge in muffins for days. Now, I know what you're thinking: "Are these muffins or blondies?" Well, I like to think of them as blondies posing to be muffins: they're baked in a muffin tray, and they have that hearty muffin taste to them. Blondies or muffins, it doesn't matter to me. They sated my appetite, which is all that matters in the end. Rating: 3.5 out 5.



Magic Blondies: Martha Stewart - Cookies

Ingredients:
- ⅔ cup sweetened flaked coconut (substituted this for old-fashioned oats)
- ⅔ cup semisweet chocolate chips
- ⅔ cup chopped walnuts (about 2 ½ ounces)
- ⅔ cup dried cherries or cranberries
- 1 ⅔ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon coarse salt
- 9 tablespoons (1 ⅛ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions:
- Preheat oven to 350. Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners; set aside. Stir together coconut, chocolate, walnuts, and cherries in a medium bowl; set aside.
- Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.
- Put butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla; mix until combined. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture, and mix, scraping down sides of bowl, until well combined. Mix in 1 cup coconut mixture.
- Divide batter among muffin cups, filling each about three-quarters full. Sprinkle remaining coconut mixture over tops. Bake blondies until a cake tester inserted into center comes out with a few crumbs but is not wet, about 25 minutes. Blondies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 days.


Magic Blondies

Walnuts

The hundreds of walnuts from my walnut tree.
If anyone needs a pound of free walnuts, I'm here!

13 comments:

How To Be Perfect said...

Wow these look amazing!
I have never been a huge Blondie fan, I just don't think you can improve on a Brownie. I think I may have to try these though, they do look really really delicious x

Chele said...

What a great idea. They look like real fun - both to make and to eat!

Danielle said...

I made blondies this weekend too! They really are the perfect dessert. I'd like to taste them with coconut though! I bet they'd taste even better.

Lucie said...

Can I come and pick up a few pounds of walnuts? You're so lucky! And those blondies...mmm!

Cristina @FUJI FILES said...

Incredible! So much good stuff on top ;)

xx Cristina

Sweet Pea Totes said...

Those look so good! You are so lucky to have a walnut tree in your yard!

Becca said...

mmm those look good for either desser or breakfast. and lucky about the walnuts we have an apple tree that gives us a baby apple once a year xD

Moon said...

I made blondies just last week, but they were not good AT ALL. :( These look way better!

Angela/Soap Mom's Kitchen/Sutherland Soap Creamery said...

I wish I had a walnut tree! Those look scrumptious. I have to try this recipe out! Love your blog:)

Debby said...

You have a walnut tree? How very cool!! xo

petit fournil de paris said...

Your ideas are so... special.
And I can always be sure that I'll love your next Post. ;)
These blondies (I like the name :D)
look so splendid and delicous.
Lovely regards,

xx, Jana from petit fournil de paris.

cakeje van eigen deeg said...

my blondies failed on me last weekend! used the wrong type of sugar. next time more luck. yours look delicious!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Haha it's a bit hard to wrap my brain around blondie muffins, but they look delicious.