Welcome to my Easy Traybake Chocolate Chip Blondies. Home baked chocolate chip blondies with 2 different types of chocolate chips and a taste that is so good, you wouldn’t be able to stop with just the one chocolate chip blondie.
Where do I start when I am talking about chocolate traybakes? They are just part of the diet, something that you grow up on and something that you adore from a small age.
It wasn’t until I was about 15 that I ever heard the word “brownies” and it wasn’t until last year that I had heard of blondies. You see I grew up in England and their idea of brownies (or their version) would always be either chocolate cake or chocolate shortbread made via a big fat traybake.
At school growing up you would have a really big slice of chocolate shortbread and it would be served with flavoured custard. My favourite was always the one with strawberry custard. It was the best. I sat next to a really skinny girl that hated pudding so I would always finish hers. Maybe why I was chubby and she wasn’t? But it was so good, it was worth the extra bit of puppy fat.
But I also loved the chocolate sponge cake version that they served up with warm chocolate custard. It would have a delicious sprinkling of icing sugar on top and have loads of chocolate. Plus the big difference between a British traybake and an American one would have to be the butter. Us Brits are butter obsessed and believe that everything tastes better if you have extra butter. So butter would come first.
Actually, better just say that I liked all desserts from school that were nut free. And that I was never bothered for the main course, but wanted to get my spoon into the dessert.
It would also be very simple to make the school puddings at home. Especially the chocolate shortbread. It had butter, plain flour, caster sugar and a cocoa and that would be it. It was also one of those things that I learnt first to cook for myself when I left home.
Here in 2017 though, I still have found memories of those school dinners. But now I am venturing into cooking blondies instead. Blondies are just like Brownies the only difference is that they are made with brown sugar being the star, rather than chocolate being the star.
Instead of cocoa you will add one main extra to the recipe as your classic add on. This could be chocolate smarties, chocolate chips, lemon or caramel. In our version though we have been greedy. We have gone with white chocolate chunks and milk chocolate chips. It gives it the total wow factor and makes you a massive batch of chocolate chip brownies.
We also found that because it’s a traybake there was very little washing up and it was very fast and easy to make. This recipe is certainly going to be a keeper and we will be going back to it time and time again.
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Easy Traybake Chocolate Chip Blondies Recipe
- Preheat the oven to 180c/356f and place chunks of the butter onto the baking tray. Place it in the oven for 3 minutes or until the butter has melted.
- Place the melted butter into a mixing bowl along with the brown sugar and using a hand mixer mix until you have a creamy brownie mixture.
- Mix in the egg, vanilla essence and the honey.
- Break the white chocolate into small pieces.
- Add the white chocolate, add the flour and mix in with a fork until you have a creamy blondie batter.
- Pour the mixture out into the big tray and flatten down and make sure all the tray is covered in blondie batter.
- Sprinkle over the top all the chocolate chips.
- Place the tray into the oven and cook for 25 minutes at 180c/356f.
- When cooked transfer to the cooling tray and when cool use a sharp knife to chop into blondie squares.
When you remove the melted butter from the baking tray it will leave a little behind. This is good and will be the greasing of the tray without you actually needing to grease it. Then just shake it around for an even greasing.
Because it’s a big traybake, halfway through the cooking process, turn the tray around as this will allow both sides to cook evenly.
For a final taste sensation an extra option is to sprinkle some icing sugar over the top once it has cooked.
After 25 minutes check to see if they are cooked before you remove them from the oven. You can do this by putting a cocktail stick into the centre, then if it comes out clean then it is fully cooked.
Easy Traybake Chocolate Chip Blondies Recipe Podcast
We also have created a short version of the recipe into a Podcast. We have loaded it up onto our Itunes account and it is great for a quick download and then you can save it to your phone and then have it in your kitchen with you as you cook.
Introducing Checkered Chef Baking Set
I will not lie. I eat more cookies, brownies and cakes than I care to admit to. It is a big fat vice that I will always have. The only problem is that my trays are often way too small and never quite fit everything on.
So it was going to either be amazing to have found this baking set or something from the devil. As now it means that the chances of reaching my pre-pregnancy weight are seriously not going to happen!
But then again you only live once, so why not have that extra cookie?
Here are 10 reasons to buy this Checkered Chef baking sheet and cooling rack:
- Aluminum baking sheet with thicker edges to keep the sheet from warping at high temperatures
- America’s Test Kitchen recommended
- Cooling rack stores within the baking sheet
- Dishwasher safe cooling rack
- Deep enough for use as an extra-large jelly roll pan
- Durable cooling rack with a third support bar
- Large at 18 x 13 inches and fits two dozen cookies at one time
- Oven safe cooling rack
- Stainless steel cooling rack
- Thick baking sheet bottom keeps baked goods from burning
Our verdict – I love how the cooling rack tucks into the baking sheet for easy storage. I have plenty of baking sheets and cooling racks, and they don’t fit so nicely together. I’ve always kept my cooling racks in another area for that reason. With this handy set, everything can stay together in the drawer under my oven.
The size of the Checkered Chef Baking/Cooling Rack and Tray is larger than the norm. I doubled my recipe for blondies and ended up still not having enough dough to fill the entire baking tray. If you want to make cookies, I’ve successfully fit two dozen onto the one tray and had plenty of room. That cuts your time in the kitchen.
The cooling rack is made of stainless steel and is dishwasher safe. The baking tray, on the other hand, is made of a very thick aluminum and is not recommended for the dishwasher. It cleans easily though, especially if you spray the bottom with a cooking oil spray like Pam before you add the cookies or other baked goods.
One of the neat things about the cooling sheet is that it is oven safe. Line your baking tray with foil for easy cleanup. Put the cooling rack in place and then use it for wings or bacon. Grease from these items falls into the pan below while the bacon, chicken wing, or other item is perfectly crisp.
Best Feature – has to be the fact that they slot into each other. How often do you buy a baking tray and a cooling tray and find out that they never really fit in your kitchen. You then have to rob Peter to pay Paul in order to find suitable space in your kitchen.
Overall – It may seem silly to get so excited over something as simple as a baking sheet, but I am delighted with this set. In just a few days, I’ve put it to good use. It stands up to every test I put it through. It washes up easily each time, too. I imagine it might be a little harder if I skipped non-stick spray when making cookies and bars, but I always have the spray around to help keep cleanup time to a minimum.
The Checkered Chef Baking/Cooling Rack and Tray is a very handy addition to the kitchen. I love to bake, and I do agree with America’s Test Kitchen. This is an outstanding baking tray.
And just look at how many it makes:
Plus if you want just the rack or just the tray then you can buy them together or as separates depending on your shopping needs.
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