Birthday Blondies, with White Chocolate and Macadamia Nuts
Well, its been a crazy and incredible few weeks over here. Scott and I got married and spent an amazing week and a half in Maui; honeymooning, sunning ourselves, going on crazy roadtrips, and eating all the delicious treats the island had to offer! Explaining how amazing Maui is would require a very lengthy post, but I can say I highly recommend going. Its an absolutely incredible place to be, with so much to see and do, and a great overall vibe. Its not as bustling as Oahu, so if you want a more relaxed trip I’d point you straight in the direction of Maui! Below are a few shots with some highlights!
Fried Spam Musubi – yummier than it sounds!
So after all that excitement, we’re trying to readjust to normal daily life again, and to top it all off, this morning I officially turned 30. So of course, I had a sweet recipe up my sleeve just for the occasion.
While we were in Hawaii, one of my favorite things to enjoy were macadamia nuts. Seriously, they are in everything from tacos to ice cream, and I was in heaven. I’ve been on a mac nut kick for awhile now so I was prepared to hoard as many nuts home as I could! However, I shared said treats with my coworkers and have continued munching on them since getting back to the mainland, so I’ve already had to go out to Nuts To You and buy a whole new bag full! The reason being of course, that I knew this year’s birthday treat was going to star mac nuts.
These blondies are decadent! They’re moist, chewy, and super sweet, with an almost butterscotch flavor. They’re also really easy to whip up! I used a recipe from Emeril Lagasse and made just a few small tweaks. I ran out of vanilla extract so I decided to supplement with some hazelnut extract. A I knew I had to add some salt to the mix, because the original recipe didn’t include any, but I’m a huge fan of a little salty with my sweet. Other than that I stuck to the base recipe. However, this could be easily modified using other nut and chocolate combinations.
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Blondies
- 2 sticks of butter
- 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp hazelnut extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 cups white chocolate chips
- 1 cup macadamia nuts, toasted and roughly chopped
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×13 inch baking pan with 2 pieces of criss-crossed aluminum foil and grease with butter.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and brown sugar on medium speed until fluffy. With the mixer running on slow, add the eggs and the extracts, mixing to combine.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Then slowly add it into the wet ingredients, with the mixer on the lowest setting. Once incorporated, slowly add in the white chocolate and nuts a little at a time.
Spread the dough into the prepared baking dish, top with an extra sprinkle of salt if desired, and bake for 25-30 minutes, until the blondies are set in the middle. Once they’re cool enough, you can lift them out of the pan by holding the aluminum foil, but allow to cool completely before slicing.
Enjoy your treats– I know I have (for dinner last night, and breakfast this morning)!