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Mar202009

Chubby Hubby blondies


Maybe it's the "nesting" instinct with our baby coming any day now, but Mark and I have been cleaning out our fridge, freezer and pantry a lot lately, making meals out of things we've had stashed there. You know what I mean -- the 1 cup of dry orzo or red quinoa, the odd frozen pieces of lemon sole.

Being the baker in the family, that also means I've had some work to do using up the half bags of ingredients I've accumulated. I mentioned recently a nice package I got from Hershey's, and in fact I had a few goodies from them stashed in the fridge -- most notably part of a bag of milk chocolate chips and part of a bag of peanut butter chips. I thought, why not crush up some pretzels and toss it all into some blondies?

The flavors put together reminded me of Ben & Jerry's Chubby Hubby ice cream, which has a fudge swirl and peanut butter-filled pretzels in vanilla malt ice cream. Oh. My. GOD. Before salted-butter caramels became the trendy way satisfy those sweet-salty cravings, B&J were churning out this insanely delicious ice cream! (If by some tragedy you haven't had this flavor, you must try it. Seriously -- walk away from the computer, and go get some.) So here is my tribute to Ben & Jerry and their masterpiece, in blondie form.

Incidentally, the basis of the blondie recipe is Mark Bittman's -- I doubled it and changed it slightly.

Enjoy!

"Chubby Hubby" Blondies

Makes about 32

16 Tbsp. (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 3/4 cups packed dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
Plus:
You could add anything here -- nuts, dark chocolate chunks, coconut, etc. -- but I threw in about 1 cup milk chocolate chips, about 1 1/4 cups peanut butter chips, and about 1 cup chopped pretzels.

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF; line a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with foil and mist foil with cooking spray.

2. Melt butter and brown sugar in a saucepan over very low heat, stirring often. Remove from heat, scrape into a large bowl, and let cool slightly. When cool, whisk in eggs and vanilla. Stir flour and salt together, then stir into butter mixture. Fold in any add-ins.

3. Scrape batter into pan and spread evenly. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until just set. Let cool in pan on a wire rack. Cover and chill overnight (you don’t have to -- just makes it easier to cut).

Oh, and one more thing: Happy birthday, Derek!!!

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Reader Comments (20)

YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE BLONDIES!!!! :-D



Happy birthday to Derek!

March 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieGirl

I love the idea for the recipe! and I like that you posted a larger picture, it looks great!

March 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenn's Baking Chamber

Looks so addictve! Perfect!

March 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTalita

I am so far behind...I have tried to email you a few times, but I think you may not be getting my email...will you email me at grumpyshoneybunch at yahoo dot com? This is about Pay it Forward....Thanks!

P.S. The blondies look YUMMY!

March 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHoneyB

Wow, that looks so good! Now I'll have to see whether I can come up with a pseudo-healthy version to justify it to myself (I know it can't be really healthy, but if I pretend...;-)).

March 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commenternowealthbutlife.com

oh these look so good. Such a delicious treat. Nice cleaning up making these beauties

March 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSnooky doodle

I've never seen Chubby Hubby ice cream in Canada! :( It sounds so good. The blondies look amazing too!

March 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commentereatme_delicious

Wow, yummy blondie alert!

March 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRecipeGirl

Ohhh blondies kicked up to the 3rd degree! Ok, I'm in and going to try them.

March 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

Mmmm I just had dinner so it's time for dessert! These look perfect!

March 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHow To Eat A Cupcake

Brilliant. I never knew Chubby Hubby had pretzles in it. Love that.

March 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAimée

Dear CookiePie, you are "obsessed with all things food -- love to bake and cook, love reading food magazines, love cookbooks", AND SO AM I, hehe.
I am a peeping tom coming from 'Howtoeatacupcake'. LOVE IT!

March 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersomuffins

Those blondies look awesome! Thoughts to you with baby coming!!! Can't wait to hear.

March 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatrina

WOW! These look just incredible! I'm stunned at how much I really, really want to eat one. Fantastic job.. and so clever.

March 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Yum, I love chubby hubby ice cream (it's not available here so we take it across the border!). These look great.

March 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkickpleat

What a fantastic idea! I've been on a blondie/brownie hunt as of late, and I'm definitely bookmarking this one :) However, I once got pretty sick after eating a pint of Chubby Hubby, but I think I'm over it by now..LOL

March 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlisamichele

Oh these look so great!!!

I just recently made and posted a batch of Peanut Butter Pretzel Blondies from Veggie Girl's blog.
I thought they were awesome, so I can't imagine not loving these babies!!

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

I'm going to have to sleep this craving off. That picture is torture for me right now.

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