Friday, February 3, 2012

Banana Cinnamon Chip Blondies

Before I get to these bars, I wanted to share some good news: I'm working in a new kitchen!  Dave and I recently moved and now I have a kitchen with more counters and a whole cabinet devoted baking ingredients.  Not to mention the double cabinet of baking equipment.  Seriously I could go on and on.  So you'll notice a few mixed pictures of the old kitchen and the new kitchen for a little while yet.

These were some seriously good bars.  A cross between a breakfast treat and a snack, Dave and I enjoyed this whole pan just the two of us (usually we try to share with friends, coworkers, or at least the dog walker).  The rich cinnamon flavor really shines against the banana and a hint of nuttiness and with a little crunch, they aren't you're typical blondie.  A pan of these would work for brunch with friends or as a gift for new neighbors.  They're really quick to pull together, so you'll want to make these for all your friends.

When I saw this recipe on Beantown Baker, I knew I'd be making it and have actually had it earmarked since late summer.  Jen really does have some of the best blondie recipes, so I knew these would be amazing.  I used cinnamon mini baking chips from King Arthur Flour, so each bar was packed little bursts of cinnamon flavor.  Instead of pecans, Dave asked that I use walnuts, which were a good substitute.  I baked my bars for about 40 minutes, but I'll admit I think was having issues working with a new oven. 

Banana Cinnamon Chip Blondies

6 Tablespoons butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup mashed bananas (about 2 overripe bananas)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup cinnamon chips
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

Cream butter, then add sugar and beat in egg.

Stir in mashed bananas and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and cinnamon.

Add flour mixture to butter mixture and stir until just combined.

Stir in cinnamon chips and nuts until incorporated.

Turn batter into a greased 9 inch square pan.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes (Note: I baked mine for 40) or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.

Remove from oven and let cool before cutting into squares.

Makes 16 blondies.

Happy Baking,
The Cookie Princess

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  1. Lovely blondies... well done. I bet you had fun baking these. I need a bigger kitchen.. you're very lucky to have one now. I mean my kitchen is big.. but I have outgrown it since I started blogging. The problem is I buy all the plates and serving dishes I see now so I can photograph my food on them. My husband keeps telling me enough is enough. :) Have a great weekend and keep enjoying that new kitchen. :)

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