Tuesdays With Dorie: Chewy, Chunky Blondies

Oh, yum.

That’s pretty much my post for this week’s installment of Tuesdays With Dorie. It really encapsulates my feelings about these little nuggets of joy, and the feelings of everyone I shared them with.

So thanks for stopping by.

Oh, OK — I’ll be more specific. I made these a couple of summers ago, shortly after I got Dorie Greenspan’s Baking: From My Home to Yours. I took them to an outdoor concert (the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Music Center; coincidentally enough, I was just there again last night, which is why this post is late), where they provided a marvelous dessert for our al fresco dinner.

And then I never made them again for some inexplicable reason.

So when I saw them in the rotation for July (thanks to Nicole of Cookies on Friday for choosing them!), I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity, despite the fact that we just don’t eat things like this (marvelous, delicious, life-affirming things) anymore.

For those who don’t know, my husband has pretty much dumped carbs. This has made my life (at least the baking/eating part of it) sad and empty, although that’s balanced by the fact that he has lost a ton of weight, has way more energy, and feels great. But cookies!

But a bunch of people from my high school class were getting together in a park for a picnic, and the timing was just superb. I made a double batch of Chewy, Chunky Blondies.

I used chocolate chips and toffee chips and toasted pecans and coconut. Oh.

And for some reason, they didn’t all get eaten. And so I brought them home. And so we ate them. And they were good. (I had intended to save the leftovers for Alex’s going-away party next month, but, um, no.)

Tim fell off of his otherwise-rigorous eating regimen (he really is good; I have no idea how he manages to be as disciplined as he is). He popped about eight of them over two sessions (the day I made them and the day of the picnic). I ate way, way more than I had intended to. Ben — well, Ben would have eaten hundreds of them whether they were good or not. And Alex, finding fault as always, prefers his blondies without chocolate.

I’m sure there will be many awesome variations among the TWD bakers; go check them out. And if you want to try them yourself (and you really, really should), Nicole has the recipe for you.

Enjoy!

11 Responses to “Tuesdays With Dorie: Chewy, Chunky Blondies”

  1. Becky O. Says:

    I love that you used pecans. I think that’s what I’ll try next time.

  2. Beth Says:

    Lovely!! It’s hard to eat just one, isn’t it?

  3. Karen Says:

    Good for your husband and his discipline. Mine is better at eating better than me. Glad these were enjoyed though!

  4. peggy Says:

    At least you had some friends to share with you! I had to share mine as well and it was a good thing or I would have eaten all of them! Yours look so perfect. . .

  5. Chaya Says:

    Your husband is quite impressive with his willpower. Could he lend me some?

    Yours are just perfect. I can’t imagine resisting them.

  6. Valerie Says:

    I can’t think of a better recipe to blow one’s diet on! :D I’m glad you and your family enjoyed these.

  7. peggy Says:

    These puppies will sure stop a diet in its tracks won’t they! We loved them. Yours look fabulous.

  8. Katrina Says:

    It’s nice to have places to take the goodies and nice sometimes when a few come back! ;) These are the perfect blondies.

  9. Susan Says:

    Yours look great! My hubby and I are eating these double fisted! :D Well, not quite, but we are knocking them out pretty quickly. Sooo good!!

  10. Nicole Says:

    A home without no baked goods sounds very sad! Sorry to make your husband fall off the wagon, but these were addictive, weren’t they? Thanks for baking along with me this week.

  11. Nicole Says:

    I think these were a serious temptation to anyone on a diet. Thanks for baking with me this week.

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