I was thrilled when I read that the theme for this month’s cooking challenge by Two Little Chefettes is Chocolate Chips. I have so many recipes that I love that call for chocolate chips. I considered entering one of my recent chocolate chip recipe posts (Bill’s Blondies, Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins, or Forgot Me Not Cookies); but since I have been writing about the heat lately (It’s Scorching Hot …, 96 and Going to Havana), I decided instead to use my recipe for Blondies Caliente. Yum! Enjoy! Thanks Bebe and Ridha for putting together the monthly challenge! By the way, at the bottom of this post is my recipe for Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting which goes so well with these blondies.* So you get a 2-for-1 on this challenge!
Makes about 16 blondies
Blondies with a kick. When used in baked goods Chipotle adds heat a little stronger than that of ginger, but with its own distinct flavor. These blondies are delightfully aromatic when warm.
1 c. all-purpose flour
1 t. ground cinnamon
1/2 t. ground chipotle pepper
1/4 t. ground nutmeg
1/4 t. salt
1/2 c. unsalted butter, melted
1 c. light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 lg. egg
1/2 t. orange extract
1/2 t. vanilla extract
1/2 c. semisweet or dark chocolate chips
1/2 c. chopped honey-roasted peanuts
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8” square baking pan.
- In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, pepper, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.
- Place the butter in a medium size bowl. Stir in the sugar. Beat with a mixer on medium speed for 1 minute. Beat in the egg, orange and vanilla extracts until the mixture is light and fluffy. (This takes several minutes. Do not underbeat.) On lowest mixer speed, beat in dry ingredients and then chocolate chips and peanuts.
- Spread the batter evenly in the baking pan. Bake for about 24 to 26 minutes or until blondies start to pull back from the edge of the pan and the center feels almost firm to the touch. Do not overbake. Cool and then cut into squares. If desired, chill before serving.
Variations: Substitute chopped Mexican chocolate for chocolate chips. Substitute peanut butter chips for honey-roasted peanuts.
Serving Suggestion: Frost with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting before serving. (Recipe below photo.)
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
Makes enough to frost one 8″ or 9” square pan of baked goods.
This speckled pale brown frosting goes well with chocolate, orange, and nut flavorings.
6 oz. cream cheese softened
1/2 c. + 1 T. confectioner’s sugar
1 T. + 1 t. milk
1 1/2 t. ground cinnamon
1/2 t. vanilla extract
- Beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in remaining ingredients until perfectly smooth again.
- Frosting can be spread on cooled brownies, blondies or cookies right away. If using frosting for piping decorations, chill for at least 4 hours first.
Be sure to refrigerate confections frosted with cream cheese frosting.
*Both of these are recipes that I developed for my cookbook Confectionately Yours: A Collection of Cookies, Candies & Yummy Confections.