Thursday, October 22, 2009

White Chocolate Gingerbread Blondies

When I purchased the Martha Stewart Cookies Cookbook, this was one of the first recipes that caught my eye. Now that we are enjoying lots of fall weather it seemed a perfect time to try this one. This recipe makes a lot so its a good one for a crowd. I served these at our weekly play date and they were a hit. I found the ends on mine were a little too crispy so I just cut those pieces off. These have a nice spicy gingerbread taste which is balanced nicely with the sweetness of the white chocolate. These are a perfect fall treat. They would be a fantastic finish for a dinner with a spicy bowl of chili or as a compliment to homemade hot chocolate.

White Chocolate Gingerbread Blondies

Makes about 4 dozen 2-inch squares

  • Vegetable-oil cooking spray
  • 2 3/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 1/2 sticks (20 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 10 ounces white chocolate, coarsely chopped (I used white chocolate chips)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 17-by-12-inch rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Line bottom with parchment cut to fit, and coat parchment. Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and spices.
  2. Beat butter and brown and granulated sugars with a mixer on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy. Add eggs and yolk, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in vanilla and molasses. Reduce speed to low. Gradually add flour mixture, and beat until just combined. Stir in white chocolate.
  3. Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake until edges are golden, about 25 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into 2-inch squares or desired shape. Blondies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
Source: Martha Stewart's Cookies, Clarkson Potter, 2008.


Nicole said...

These are so good. I made them last fall and they are just perfect! Yours look great.

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

I was just at Costco and had this book in hand but talked myself out of the purchase. WHY did I do that?
Now I have to go back and get it so I can make these too!

Colleen said...

These are one of my favorites to make! I can't wait for the Christmas season because I think they are perfect then!

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

Where is Texas are you? Us, we are in DFW area.