Monday, December 17, 2007

Dorie Greenspan's Blondies



These are blondies from Dorie Greenspan's Baking From my Home to Yours. Of all the baked goods I made last week, these were probably my least favorite. They were, however, the most popular and raved about dessert at the graduation party.

The problem was butterscotch chips. I forgot that I hate them; I think they taste artificial and overly sweet. They are even more painfully orange than I remember.

The only recipe i've ever liked with butterscotch chips is Sara Foster's Pumpkin Cookies with White Chocolate Chips, where the butterscotch chips are food-processed with the flour.

If you like butterscotch chips, you'll love these blondies. They're very flavorful and packed with chocolate, coconut, and walnuts. In a way they reminded me of seven layer bars.

It's important to let these blondies cool completely. Every time I make blondies, I cut into them too early and end up thinking they're underbaked and mushy. Once they cool, they firm up more and stay pleasantly chewy.

I'm not posting the recipe; I'm back in LA and don't have a copy of the cookbook. Anyway, I much prefer Alice Medrich's blondie recipe.


Jennifer said...

I've had my eye on this recipe for a while. Thanks for the review!

David McWherter said...

Amen! I love butterscotch but hate those chips. Who knows what they do to make them!

David McWherter said...

PS: Enjoy your holiday!

Patricia Scarpin said...

I have never tried butterscotch chips, Lisa - I have bought a package of them but it hasn't arrived yet.

Your blondies look delicious, though.

Ehrrin said...

I love butterscotch, in all its forms, including (my secret shame) those disturbingly orange chips.

And, coincidentally, I'm headed to the library at lunch to pick up the copy of Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From My Home to Yours I requested over lunch! I'll definitely give these a try.

Melinda said...

I agree about butterscotch chips. My sisters love them but they have a too sweet fake taste to me.
I love Dorie's Baking book. So many nice things to try.
I got another really good book recently. Sherry Yard's Secrets of Baking. Have you tried anything from that book?
I'm a bit behind reading your latest bakes. Loved the ants and your Dad eating the muffin tops. Very sweet!
All the best to you for 2008.