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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F and line an 8×8 or 9×9-inch baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together.
  3. In a large bowl or mixer, cream together butter and sugar for 2-3 minutes, or until light and fluffy.
  4. One by one, add eggs to the butter mixture until incorporated, then vanilla extract and maple syrup.
  5. 1/3 cup at a time, add in flour mixture and stir until just incorporated. Then gently fold in walnuts and chocolate chips.
  6. Pour batter into baking dish and place in oven for 20-25 minutes, or slightly longer if you like them a little more set.
  7. Remove from oven, let cool and cut into squares.

Recipe adapted from Cookies and Cups