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Blonde Brownies

Do you have that "go to" dish that you bring to summer picnics and potlucks? I've always wanted to have one of those recipes that you can always turn to that delivers something delicious to those you share it with. I think this blonde brownie recipe might just be that!

I found this recipe in a small, typed booklet in my great- great-grandma Nellie's recipes and journals. The booklet looks like it was typed using a typewriter and saddle-stitched with a single staple. It contains recipes for cookies, bars, and brownies.

This particular recipe caught my attention because I love blondies! And this is pretty much an "old school" blondie. Don't get me wrong, I also love brownies...but blondies are just a little less rich and a little more dense like a cookie. YUM! Not to mention, they're a crowd pleaser.

*Get these ingredients at your Illinois farmers market!


1 cup sifted flour*

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate

1/3 cup butter

1 cup brown sugar

1 egg, beaten*

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup chopped walnuts*


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

  • In another bowl, melt the butter and stir in the brown sugar. Allow to cool.

  • To the butter mixture add the beaten egg and vanilla.

  • Combine the dry ingredients to the butter and egg mixture.

  • Stir in the walnuts and half of the chocolate pieces.

  • Spread the batter in a greased 9x9 pan.

  • Sprinkle the batter with the remaining chocolate pieces. You can slightly press the pieces of chocolate into the batter.

  • Bake for about 20 minutes.

  • Allow to cool in the pan and then cut into square.

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