Orange White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Blondies……or if you want to be exact, ” The Best” Browned Butter Orange White and Milk/Dark Chocolate Macadamia Nut Blondies. Now that’s a mouthful. But first, a quick little rant.
So. You know. I have a toddler. And she’s going through what I would like to call “a phase.” Let’s hope. Because I feel like I am in the middle of a tornado on a daily basis, both in the emotional craziness of trying to keep everyone calm and the fact that my house becomes a total wreck in a matter of minutes. Why does it always take like 10 times as long to clean as it does to make a mess? That is just not fair. I’m trying to keep my expectations low. As long as everyone is still alive and mostly in tact at the end of the day, I consider it a win.
There’s definitely a large share of tantrums right now. Like anytime someone looks at the girl wrong, offers her help when she does not want it, or if her sister tries to go anywhere or touch anything. It’s a little intense. And then, well, she basically decided she wanted to be potty-trained and has been doing really well – like a champ! That is until about a week ago.
Then one day that I chose to leave my laptop on the living room floor in the corner (I always have it up on a table tray or on the desk in my back office. But, of course, not this day). She gets excited starting to take her pants off to go do her business, of course while standing over the laptop for no real reason, and the excitement got to her. So, she peed on the laptop cover.
We caught it quickly and wiped it up off of the cover. It wasn’t until the next morning when I went to turn the thing on that I knew I was in trouble. Dead. Nothing. And a faint smell of urine. My husband dissected the keyboard to get to the hardware goods, and yes, one little drop of pee somehow leaked into the circuitry, fried one teensy weensy chip on the motherboard, and that was that. Yes friends, in case you didn’t know already, acidic urine and motherboards are not friends.
Oh computers. I love them and I hate them. Luckily, the hard drive was still in tact and I have most stuff backed up really well. But still. Such a pain to re-install programs and reorganize everything. And then when I have a week without a computer, I realize just how much I use it for like, basically everything! What in the world did we do before computers? Have a simpler life, that’s what…….And end rant of the day.
Well, despite my love-hate relationship with electronics at times, and the constant chaos at my house, one thing can always make me calm down at the end of the day. Blondies. I’ve eaten many a midnight blondie, and although some will say it’s not good to eat that late, well, if you need a blondie at midnight, you just need a blondie at midnight. And that’s that.
I’d been searching for the perfect blondie recipe. I’ve had a lot that are good, but I wanted one that was set but still a little gooey (but not raw), you know, and just full of yum. I finally found it. I’ll credit Smitten Kitchen for pointing me in the right direction with the blondie recipe on her blog. She actually got her recipe from the cookbook, How To Cook Everything by Mark Bittman, which I conveniently had sitting right there on my shelf. So I pulled it out. Obviously, I need to scour this book more, because my perfect blondie recipe was sitting right in front of me the whole time, unbeknownst to me. It’s a good book folks.
This is a wonderful base recipe, and so easy to alter. One change I made from the get go was to brown the butter because, well it’s just so awesomely good that I kind of do it for everything lately. Well, this particular day I was in the mood for orangey chocolately yum. So that’s how these Orange White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Blondies were born. They are sooooo good! Give ’em a try and experiment with some other combinations and let me know your fav!
Orange White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Blondies
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 cube
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon orange extract 3-4 drops, optional
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup macadamia nuts chopped
- 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup milk or dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease an 8x8 inch baking pan.
In a small saucepan, melt butter over low heat.
After melted, transfer butter to a medium bowl.
Add sugar and beat until very smooth (either with an electric mixer or by hand with a whisk).
Add egg, vanilla, orange extract, and salt and beat until combined, scraping down sides as necessary until you have a uniform mix.
Gently stir in the flour until just combined.
Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake 25-28 minutes, or until just set in the middle.
Cool on a rack before cutting.
I'm learning that I like to line most of my pans with foil or parchment paper. You'll still want to grease it. Makes for easy removal!
Dress it Up:
Brown the butter for a rich nutty flavor.
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