We love classics around here and are constantly trying to come up with new ways to spice up our favorites. These blondie bars are one of those upgrades: we decided to go with an autumnal feels and add maple syrup to these decadent desserts. Then we added in some walnuts for some extra crunch– if you’d rather enjoy your blondies without nuts, though, feel free to just eliminate them for your ingredients list!
The great thing about this treat is that they’re generally a little less common than cookies and brownies, and offer a different, unexpected flavor. They’re a great choice for parties and get-togethers, but don’t expect any leftovers; these get snatched up quickly, so you have to grab them while you still can!
Maple Chocolate Chip & Walnut Blondies
Makes 16 bars
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter
- 2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2/3 cup walnuts, finely chopped
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350º F and line an 8×8 or 9×9-inch baking dish with non-stick spray.
- In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together.
- In a large bowl or mixer, cream together butter and sugar for 2-3 minutes, or until light and fluffy.
- One by one, add eggs to the butter mixture until incorporated, then vanilla extract and maple syrup.
- 1/3 cup at a time, add in flour mixture and stir until just incorporated. Then gently fold in walnuts and chocolate chips.
- Pour batter into baking dish and place in oven for 20-25 minutes, or slightly longer if you like them a little more set.
- Remove from oven, let cool and cut into squares.
Recipe adapted from Cookies and Cups