Good Eats and Sweet Treats from My Small Boston Kitchen

Brown Butter Blondies

This weekend I was feeling particularly desperate for sweets. After settling on this Choco-Banana crepes recipe for breakfast, I was in search of the ideal dessert to accompany a Tuscan Braised Chicken recipe we were planning for dinner. Weekends are the ideal time to pull out all the stops, and now that I’m back in the States and have access to (multiple) fully equipped kitchens, I take advantage at every opportunity.

I’d found the most recent Tuesdays with Dorie recipe for Oatmeal Chocolate Almost-Candy bars and was dying to make it, but after a shopping snafu (and being advised that the recipe absolutely called for steel-cut oats), I came home to find that the recipe did NOT call for steel-cut oats, but regular old-fashioned. I moped for a good 20 minutes, longer than was necessary (but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do), and then I set out in search for a recipe replacement.

It only took a few minutes to find these super-simple brownies, and one look at the pictures had me sold. I brought the recipe up on the computer and wordlessly went through the motions of measuring out ingredients, slowly working myself out of a funk. Baking has this incredible way of putting my mood back on track, and luckily for those around me, it happens fast. Soon the brownies were in the oven, with their “secret” ingredient (chocolate chips — how can that be wrong?!), and by the time dinner was finished, so were these beautiful golden brownies.

I cut them too soon, as is often the case, but they were no worse for it. I photographed them right after they came out of the oven, and you can see in the pictures how moist and chewy they are. Browning the butter adds an element of depth, and the dark chocolate chips add an element of bitterness that balances out the brownie. This recipe is going into my collection as a go-to staple brownie, because they are easy to make, but taste like you slaved over them all day. Simply put: brownie perfection.

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