Tuesday, July 24, 2007

The bar has been raised with these intense blondies... can any other recipe compete?

It is that time of the week again where we talk about the Weekly Wednesday Treat Day baking spree. I decided to make two baked goods this week and need to split them into two posts as I am already running out of time today!

Both treats were so good this week, but I think we'll start off by talking about these sweet Maple Butterscotch Macadamia Nut Blondies. We have had our fair share of brownies and blondies before, but I have to say these little gems knocked our socks off! This bar cookie is studded with chunky bits of buttery toasted macadamia nuts that are paired with a generous pile of creamy butterscotch chips. Lingering in the background is a mild glimmer of maple that really held its own against those already intense rich flavors. They are decidedly moist, soft and chewy - you will want to cut these thick blondies small as a little goes a long way here, but just use that as an excuse to have more than one piece!

Maple Butterscotch Macadamia Nut Blondies PicturePlease do yourself a favor and make these as as soon as you can - however, I would highly suggest you try them as written first before making any changes. The combination of toasted macadamia, butterscotch and maple extract turned into such a winning fusion of flavors that any other additions or changes may not hold up against such high standards! I am already planning on making another batch as soon as I can get my hands on some more macadamias and stashing these bars in the freezer for future snacks.



  1. your killing me over here! so much for a summer of healthful eating... please tell me how well these guys freeze. i'm imagining one now with a nice hot latte this fall.

  2. Wow - they look amazing and they combine some of my favorite things... macadamia nuts, butterscotch and Maple!!!

  3. I'm seeing blondie recipes everywhere at the moment, it must be a sign! I think a feel a bout of baking coming on...

  4. I'm wondering if I can substitute maple syrup for the extract?
    I'm definitely gong to make these!

  5. I think I'm gonna have to start a Wednesday Treat Day and just make your treats a week behind you! Everything always looks so good!

  6. Cityliving - we snuck one in the freezer and let it thaw... it was just as delicious!

    Janet - And the combination was so, so good!

    Gemma - I'll have to look around and see how else is bakin' some up!

    Augustina - Maple extract is much more potent than syrup and it just would not work. Sorry!

    Deborah - Why thank you!

  7. Are those bars legal? Seriously. They sound amazing.

  8. Brilynn - good question! Really, they are as good as they sound!

  9. My batch is in the oven right now!
    I didn't toast the macadamia nuts though soooo...we'll see how it turns out :x

  10. Well they turned out fantastic even without toasting the nuts!

    I only had an 8x8 pan though so they were very heavy. I think next time I will put them in a larer pan.
    All my friends loved them though :D
    Your website has really inspired me to try new recipes.

  11. Kayla - That's great! Thanks for the feedback - if you do try them again, do give the nuts a toast. It adds a nice depth to the blondies!