Recipe courtesy of Michel Nischan

Homemade Blondie Bars with Chocolate and Almonds

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  • Level: Easy
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1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sifted all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 each vanilla beans, split

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1 large egg

1 cup plus 1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar

3/4 cup toasted almonds (or pecans), coarsely chopped

2 ounces white chocolate, coarsely chopped

2 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 6 to 8 inch square baking pan. Sift the flour with the baking soda and salt onto a sheet of waxed paper. Scrape the vanilla beans and reserve the pods and scrapings. Place the vanilla and the butter in a small saucepan and heat until melted. Beat the egg with the brown sugar at medium high speed until it resembles very loose meringue, about 3 minutes, then add melted butter. Reduce the speed, then add the flour and mix until not quite incorporated. Add the nuts and chopped chocolate; fold until well blended. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan. Bake until the top is dry and golden and a toothpick inserted in the center emerges nearly dry, about 30 minutes. Makes 15 bars.