Saturday, December 18, 2010

Chocolate Chip Blondies!

While I’m flying home from Vegas back to good old Winston Salem, NC, I thought I’d leave you with one of my favorite recipes….for the holidays or any time. Let’s face it, some of us who are on the go all the time, don’t even have time or the desire to roll out sugar cookies and decorate them. It was fun when the kids were little, but I’m so busy I need something I can dump in a bowl, stir, and dump in a pan and bake! And it needs to have easily readily available ingredients. ((No -- sorry, I’m not in the mood to grate or pulverize crystalized ginger for anything at this point in my life!))

However, these smell so good while baking, everyone will forgive you for being a slothful holiday party pooper in the kitchen!

Chocolate Chip Blondies

Ingredients for a 13x9 inch pan

  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Grease the bottom of a 13x9 inch baking pan.
  3. Combine brown sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl just until blended.
  4. Combine flour, baking powder and salt, and add to the brown sugar mixture.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips and spread the batter into the greased pan.
  6. Bake at 350ºF for 18-20 minutes.
  7. Cut into bars.

The key is to not over bake them….slightly gooey is best! Rolling on the floor laughing And of course, real butter is a MUST! Feel free to stick some walnuts in there as well….even better!



  1. Thanks Bonnie. These sound delicious and just what I can manage at the moment. Hope you have a really wonderful Christmas with all your family and friends!

  2. I know what you mean - I do not fuss so much with Christmas baking anymore either - just don't feel like it! also if I bake too much it is mainly just the two of us here at home to eat it and then goes directly to my hips and waistline while I hibernate during the winter.
    Have a good flight.

  3. Oh great, Bonnie! You've already got me sitting on my butt, making 600 hsts, and now I'll have something good to eat while doing it! My (rather large) butt does not thank you! You know I'm just kidding! (Not kidding about the rather large butt though) Giggles!

  4. Anonymous11:46 AM EST

    Oh what a great (simple) recipe! I was just making my 'menu' for our quiet Christmas Eve family gathering (ok, just the 4 of us)and this fits in just fine! When the kids were little and we had lots of people popping in, I did some major cooking, but now I have other priorities, but do still like to have some sweet treats around. Thanks!

  5. Within an hour of waking up this morning, I was pulling these brownies out of the oven. My husband was mighty impressed. I love how simple they are and they're super delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  6. These are great, I have made them into 'biscuits', they spread and get big, I like your idea of the bars.Baking??? there is sewing to be done!

  7. Thanks Bonnie! I'd rather be sewing anytime, but these look fast, easy, and delish.

  8. PERFECT timing!!!! I needed something sweet, and was thinking about cookies....but....well...you know! They take so much time!!! Fill the cookie sheets, bake, fill again, bake....blah! But these!!!!!!!! Mix and pour and walk away until they are done. THANK YOU!

  9. Thanks Bonnie. My type of baking too.

  10. They look delicious! I better make some fast, cuz on January 1st I start my diet! lol

  11. Made these this evening. Yum!!!!! I'll make them again for sure!!

  12. Oh gosh - I'd almost forgotten about those, not having kids that gobble things up. We called them Congo Bars, but the recipe is the same. THanks for the reminder.

  13. That recipe looks similar to one of my Mom's (which I still make all the time!) We call them Congo bars...I have no idea why!

  14. Wow! I'm munching on one now, and it totally hits the spot.

  15. Bonnie, these are a family favorite here too! If"
    you like mint like we do.... try making them with "mint chocolate chips". Really good too! To me the holidays are better with these... what's not to like Mint & Chocolate

  16. **sorry if I double-posted; I don't think this went through just now**

    HAD to post again! I made these up shortly after you posted the first time; they were a HIT! I have another batch in the oven right now; DH's remarks: "Why are you making those again? The last thing I need tonight is to polish off half the pan again!" ;0) LOL

  17. Boy, my Mother used to make these when we were younger, and she called them Congo Bars, too! Haven't seen them in a long time. I think I'll make them and bring them on over to my Mother(aged 91 in June). Thanks for bringing these back!


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