I made these for the millionth time again today! This is our all time favorite Taste of Home brownie. This brownie has gotten more mileage in our household than any other through the years. We make some version of it all the time. We have made this base recipe with 20 or 30 different combinations of nuts, chips , dried fruits, and chopped candy bars and everything comes out fantastic!
I love the flexibility of this fabulous recipe. The taste is incredibly awesome, and it’s SO easy and quick to put together. This recipe can be assembled, baked and done in 45 minutes or less! It’s that simple. The main ingredients in this recipe are macadamia nuts, vanilla chips and chocolate chunks. What’s not to love about these ingredients?
Chunky Blond Brownies is one of our favorite recipes.
Here’s a picture of these delicious bars. This particular batch has a double amount of chocolate chunks in it.
Here’s a plate of these delicious bars.
Yummy, yum, yum!
This picture shows the recipe with the amount of chocolate chunks given in the original recipe. They are not quite as chocolaty or gooey.
Here’s one more picture of the regular strength chocolate!
Here’s a plate of these fabulous treats (Double chocolate).
Here’s what I did.
These are the ingredients you will use.
Place softened butter in mixing bowl. This was melted a little too much.
Add brown sugar.
Add white sugar.
Add salt and baking powder.
Mix batter ingredients together. This is what it will look like.
Add unbleached flour. Bleached flour because of the chemicals and heat processing used will toughen cookies and cakes.
Add flour to batter.
Add vanilla chips.
Add chocolate chunks. The original recipe calls for 1 cup. I did two batches of this recipe with 2 cups and 1 batch with 1 cup so you can see the difference. I would not double both the vanilla chips and chocolate chunks in this recipe or you will find the brownies too sweet.
In reality, this recipe tastes great with only 1 cup of chocolate, also. I was baking these on vacation and didn’t want to throw out the leftover chips so I added them to the batter.
This recipe calls for only 3 1/4-oz. jar of macadamia nuts, but we like more. This recipe is better using the 6 1/4-oz. jar instead. I dice half of the large jar for the brownie recipe, and the other half to sprinkle on top of the batter.
Chop up macadamia nuts. I had to use a knife since I wasn’t in my own well-equipped kitchen.
Add macadamia nuts to batter and stir well to combine.
Spray a 9×13″ glass baking dish or metal pan with cooking spray.
Spread batter into baking dish.
Chop remaining macadamia nuts with knife or nut chopper.
Sprinkle macadamia nuts over top of brownie batter in glass baking dish.
Bake at 350 for about 25-30 minutes.
This plate shows the extra chocolate when I added the whole bag of chocolate chunks instead of just 1 cup. It’s really a toss up as to what you prefer. They are more gooey this way, but also more chocolaty!
Here’s a plate of these delicious goodies.
There are a few left in the pan for you to sample!
Here’s the recipe. At the bottom I’ll share some of the combinations we have tried and liked.
CHUNKY BLOND BROWNIES
(Recipe adapted from 1999 Taste of Home Annual Recipe Book)
½ cup butter or margarine, softened
¾ cup sugar
¾ cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-½ cups all-purpose flour
1 heaping teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup vanilla chips
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks (I used a 12-oz. bag for some of these pictures and 1 cup for others)
1 jar (3-½ ounces) macadamia nuts, chopped and divided (we prefer using the 6.25-oz. jar)
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla, mix well. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in vanilla chips, chocolate chunks and ½ cup nuts. Spread into greased 13×9 baking pan. Sprinkle with remaining nuts. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool and cut into squares. Makes about 2 dozen.
Don’t these brownies look wonderful! It’s time to dig in to these delicious treats.
A variety of things can be substituted for the last three items (chips and nuts). Just pick one cup each of three different things you want to try. I’ve done the following with excellent results, and as you can see, the possibilities are endless.
Chocolate chips, white chips, walnuts. (I use this combo instead of macadamias often.)
Chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, walnuts or chopped pecans.
Chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, walnuts or chopped pecans.
White chips, butterscotch chips, walnuts or chopped pecans.
Coconut, oatmeal, raisins
dried cherries, coconut, vanilla chips, almonds
Coconut, Craisins (dried cranberries), nuts
chopped Snickers bars, vanilla chips
chopped Hershey candy bars (any kind), nuts
chopped Reese’s peanut butter cups, vanilla chips, nuts
Reese’s pieces candies, nuts (sometimes vanilla chips, too)
Toffee Bits, nuts, vanilla chips
You may also be interested in these recipes we have made from this basic brownie dough: