Lemon-Blueberry-White Chocolate Blondies

by Food Hound on April 4, 2011

in Desserts

Blondie vs. Brownie. It’s an age-old conflict.

I have noticed, in my extensive research, that more men prefer blondies. Maybe it stems from the fact that more men prefer blondes. I’m not saying blondes are better than brunettes, but we are mighty spicy and sassy.
In the same highly controlled, double-blind research, I have noticed that more women prefer brownies. Probably that whole mystical attraction between women and chocolate. Other relationships may come and go, but that one is iron-clad. Or maybe dark-haired Neaderthals were more likely to slaughter us a meaty wooly mammoth than their sandy-haired counterparts. The world may never know.
Chez Hound follows suit with tradition: the Booze Hound will give the edge to a blondie, and I’ll give the edge to a brownie. I guess it makes sense since I’m a spicy, sassy blonde and he’s a tall, dark drink of water. The Doberhound? She’s a mix of her parents (with a little extra dose of spicy and sassy).

Does anyone else feel the need to do a Punnett square right now?? No, just me? Well, I guess I’m just putting those dumb blonde rumors to shame.
Wait, the light bulb just blew. Where’s the Booze Hound when I need him?

The point of all this highly technical genetic-speak is that I just blew my own research out of the water. I found a blondie that can rival a brownie.
I know!!!
Sommer, the brains and beauty behind A Spicy Perspective, posted her recipe for Blueberry White Chocolate Blondies a while ago, and my heart skipped a beat. Read the recipe and you’ll see there’s lemon zest mixed in, which is totally what puts these over the edge. They are chewy, buttery, and taste like summer in bar cookie form.
Whatever color your hair, or side of the brownie-blondie divide you sit, these bars are for you. I promise they’ll make the temps rise and the sun peek from behind the clouds. And since they are, indeed, blondies, I guarantee they’ll make you feel a little spicier and a little sassier 😉
Lemon-Scented Blueberry White Chocolate Blondies
Adapted from A Spicy Perspective (Great blog! Check it out!!)
Yield: 13×9 pan of blondies… however many servings that makes is up to you 🙂
2 c brown sugar, packed
1 c granulated white sugar
1 c (2 sticks) unsalted butter
3 eggs, room temperature
1 T vanilla extract
3 c AP flour + 1 T for blueberries if using frozen berries
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Zest of 1-2 lemons, depending on your taste
1 c white chocolate chips
1 c blueberries (can be frozen (unthawed) or fresh)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Melt both sugars and butter until all butter is melted; stir well. (You can do this in the microwave or on the stove)
3. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and lemon zest in a large bowl. Add the butter-sugar mixture and stir. Add the eggs and vanilla and stir well.
4. Press the mixture into a greased 9×13″ baking pan. (I use parchment paper to totally prevent sticking) Sprinkle white chocolate chips over the top. Toss the blueberries with 1 T flour (if using frozen berries), and sprinkle them on top of the chips. Bake 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. if the edges start to get dark, loosely tent a piece of foil over the pan.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Angela April 5, 2011 at 1:05 am

I am a big fan of the blondie. These look fantastic.

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Joanne April 5, 2011 at 11:12 am

I had to break the mold, but I am a total blondie fanatic. And a verified white chocolate lover. No matter that it’s not really chocolate. Probably because i’m a brunette. A dark chocolate colored brunette. And the grass is always greener and all that jazz.

Oh I love the sound of these! Need in my life. Now.

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Susi's Kochen und Backen April 5, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Well considering my husband loves blondies and I usually prefer brownies, I guess we fit very well into the “mold”. These blondies though might even convert me. The flavor combination sounds incredible and they are going on my “must-make” list!

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Katerina April 5, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I am a brunette and I fall to all these categories. I like brown hair men more than blond ones and I simply adore chocolate the dark one more than the white! But I am willing to make an exception for these blondies as they look totally decadent!

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Design Wine and Dine April 5, 2011 at 2:07 pm

I love BOTH and don’t force me to choose! These look super moist and delicious!

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Lynn April 5, 2011 at 5:09 pm

I love the combination of white chocolate and blueberries (I have a to-die-for recipe for white chocolate blueberry bread pudding that I really need to put on my blog)– lemon would be a lovely addition. I haven’t made any blondies in a while. May be time for an experiment of my own…

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Rita April 5, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Love this combination of ingredients and come up with such a great looking dessert; keeping this one. It it makes me feel a little spicier and a little sassier, guess where I’m going.
Rita

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mouthfromthesouth April 5, 2011 at 6:31 pm

I’m sitting here eating celery sticks because I’m on a diet and this post is KILLING me. KILLING ME!!!!

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France Morissette April 5, 2011 at 6:47 pm

We’re brownie people in our house but you sure know how to sell it. I’m about to jump on the blondie wagon.

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Indie.Tea April 5, 2011 at 11:04 pm

I don’t think the Darjeeling boy even knows what a blondie is (maybe I shouldn’t introduce him?)
These look really delicious!

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Chris April 9, 2011 at 4:26 pm

I don’t like brownies or blondies, I’m afraid to ask what that makes me! ha ha

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girls who like to gorge April 11, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Ahhh! I have never heard of blondies! These look great!! xxxx

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Lisa June 22, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Just found this recipe on your blog. It’s exactly the kind of thing I was looking for. You can bet that I’m going to give this a try real soon, especially since I have all the stuff to make it. Bookmarked!

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