Guy Fieri redefines blondies with this riff on the classic bar cookie. He starts his batter by whipping cream cheese with butter, and the result is a light, standout snack-cakey treat.
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or chunks
- 1/2 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts
- 1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Mist an 8-inch-square glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a small bowl.
Beat the butter and cream cheese in a large bowl with a mixer at medium speed until fluffy. Add the brown sugar and beat 3 to 4 more minutes. Beat in the vanilla and egg. Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips, hazelnuts and coconut with a wooden spoon.
Spread the batter in the prepared baking dish and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool 20 minutes in the dish before slicing.
Photograph by Andrew Mccaul
From Food Network Kitchens; after further testing and to ensure the best results this recipe has been altered from what was in the actual episode.