It’s that time of year! No matter how much you try to avoid it, sweets are EVERYWHERE! And even though I normally like to keep sugar to a minimum, I do love to indulge on occasion (I am human after all!). Plus I do usually attend a cookie exchange or two around the holidays, and, of course, I can’t arrive (or leave) empty handed! So I’m excited to share the recipe for Chocolate Chip Blondies below, which is what I made this year.
In case you’re wondering, a cookie exchange party is when each guest brings a dozen or two cookies for others to take home. One annual party I attend used to require you to bag up your cookies (one bag full for each person), so there was no way around bringing dozens and DOZENS of cookies home. Then I attended another party and saw they just put their cookies out on platters and offered empty bags so guests could decide how many they wanted of each. Not to mention you can sample the cookies that way! So there are all sorts of ways to do these parties, but no matter what, they’re always a fun time. I’d love to hear about your cookie exchange parties in the comments!
Chocolate Chip Blondies
- 1 cup whole-wheat flour
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 sticks butter at room temperature
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
- 1 cup walnuts chopped (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, use an electric mixer to cream the butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla together.
Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture until well combined.
Fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts (if using). You may need to use some elbow grease here!
Spread the batter into a rectangular baking dish in one even layer, and smooth the top. Bake until golden brown on top, about 30 to 35 minutes. Let it cool then cut into bars and serve.
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