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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Home Cookin': Butterscotch-Pistachio Blondies

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 10:29 AM

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Last weekend, my 7-year-old, Cal, and I decided that we’d do our best to put together packages of sweets for our neighborhood friends. But what to make?

I subscribe to updates from several cooking and baking blogs, and when a recipe for pistachio blondies from the Sweet Paul blog popped up in my inbox, both Cal and I got excited.

We love pistachios. He eats them by the handful as an after-school snack, and I love to put them on yogurt, along with fruit, for a little salty-sweet kick at breakfast. We had to give the blondie recipe a try.

The original recipe calls for white chocolate and lemon, but I wanted to go in a different direction. We left out the lemon, and swapped butterscotch for the white chocolate. Our modifications worked beautifully.

These bars are rich and delicious, and their lovely golden color, studded with green pistachios, make them a great-looking gift to boot. Cal thought they could use some red M&Ms on top. I’ll leave that up to you.

Butterscotch-Pistachio Blondies (adapted from this recipe on the Sweet Paul blog)

  • 1 ⅓ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ cups butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups butterscotch baking chips
  • 5 eggs (yes, really)
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pistachios, roughly chopped

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a 13x9-inch pan with parchment paper so it hangs over the edges of the pan.

2. Cream the butter and sugar with a wooden spoon or an electric mixer in a large mixing bowl until smooth.

3. Add the eggs one at a time and beat until well combined.

4. Add the flour and salt and mix well, then fold in the butterscotch chips and pistachios.

5. Tip the whole thing into the pan and spread it out evenly.

6. Bake in the center rack of the oven for about 30 minutes. Start checking them after 25 minutes. They’re done when the top looks golden and set, and the edges are starting to brown. You don’t want them to dry out; chewiness is the goal here! Remember that they will continue to cook just a bit after you take them out, so err on the side of taking them out too soon instead of too late. And make sure you let them cool completely before you cut into them!

When they’re ready, you can cut them into little squares and wrap a bunch in parchment paper to give away, or arrange them on a platter in a cute pyramid to serve after dinner.

Happy baking!  

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