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Birthday Blondies, with White Chocolate and Macadamia Nuts

April 10, 2014

 

 

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3225Enjoying some frozen beverages at a Luau

 

 

IMG_3001Kalua pig roasted in an Imu (an oven in the ground)

 

 

IMG_3209Moco Loco! A local breakfast favorite consisting of rice topped with a burger patty, fried egg and gravy.

 

 

IMG_2940A humpback whale waves “hello!”

 

 

Fried Spam Musubi – yummier than it sounds!

 

 

IMG_1264Snapping a few waterfalls along the Road to Hana

 

 

IMG_3400An incredible drive along the south coast of Maui

 

 

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)!

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. April 10, 2014 11:23 am

    Congrats on getting married. Your honeymoon looks amazing. So do your bars :)

  2. April 10, 2014 11:40 am

    Congratulations on getting Married! and Happy Birthday! Can’t wait to try these bars!

  3. April 10, 2014 12:04 pm

    These look delicious! When I went to Maui I brought back bags of Macadamia nuts…so good! Your photos really make me want to go back. Congrats on your wedding!

  4. April 10, 2014 12:27 pm

    They look really delicious!

  5. April 10, 2014 1:17 pm

    this is like have the cookie version, but better, cause its bigger… beautiful pics!

  6. April 14, 2014 9:31 am

    Wow!!

  7. May 2, 2014 7:33 pm

    The blondies look to die for! White chocolate is always yummy

  8. May 7, 2014 8:11 am

    I love to bakes .Thanks for the inspiration!!

  9. May 13, 2014 6:43 am

    Such beautiful photos!

  10. June 5, 2014 6:55 pm

    Those blondies look mouthwatering!!!

  11. June 20, 2014 12:46 am

    These blondie bars look amazing! I have always been a fan of macadamia nuts too. I will definitely be adding these to the recipe box! Thanks for sharing :)

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  12. July 7, 2014 1:56 am

    Mmmmm!! These blondies look spectacular! A perfect way to feel a little tropical while I’m landlocked!

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