Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Chewy Biscoff Blondies

Take a look at these ooey, gooey blondies. I mean really look at them.


Now imagine how good they taste, warm from the oven and rich with brown sugar, melted chocolate, and the lightly spiced creaminess of Biscoff spread. Multiply that by ten and you have some idea of just how good these bars really are. They're not green and there are no rainbows, leprechauns, or other St. Patrick's Day paraphernalia. Just pure, unadulterated deliciousness.

The flavor of these bars is pretty remarkable, but the best part is that I stumbled upon them completely by accident.


I think it's time I let you in on a little secret: there are bloggers that plan their posts, recipes, and themes weeks, and even months in advance. There are bloggers that write posts by the dozen, that cook, bake, and create according to a predetermined schedule. I am not one of those bloggers.

Don't get me wrong, I have great respect for those bloggers - particularly since many of them do it all while juggling kids, work, and home - but I'm something of a seat-of-my-pants blogger. I write as the mood takes me, often just minutes or hours before post goes live, and I tend to cook and bake the same way. I'm sure things will change when Matt and I have a family (and when I stop being such a cheapskate when it comes to buying luxury or specialty ingredients!) but for now, I tend to bake as and when the mood strikes, using nothing but the ingredients I have on hand.


Then, too, there's the little problem I sometimes have with sticking to recipes. For every recipe I post on the blog, there are six or seven things I've made 'off-recipe.' Sometimes these are just ordinary, but every once in a while, they're magical enough to send me running for a pen and paper so I can get them down before they're forever forgotten. This recipe was one of those special few.


Back in the Biscoff heyday of a few months ago, I purchased a jar with the intent of baking up a Biscoff storm (this a was a big deal since it was one of those specialty ingredients I just mentioned). Little by little, the spread diminished until I was left with a scant quarter cup (no surprises there - it's delicious!) . I was determined to finally bake with it, and these bars were the result.

The spiciness of the Biscoff is a nice counterpoint to bittersweet chocolate. Coconut oil rounds out the flavor and prevents the bars from becoming cloyingly sweet. The result is a grown-up blondie; perfectly chewy and wonderfully subtle (although if super-sweetness is you thing, try subbing white chocolate chips for the regular - it's a whole different dessert).

The last word on these blondies? Make them. Even if it means you have to buy the fancy, pricey Biscoff spread to do it. Bake them on a whim or write them into your monthly menu plan. Follow the recipe to the letter or create your own special version. Just make sure you make them. You won't regret it!


Chewy Biscoff Blondies

3 generous Tablespoons coconut oil
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup Biscoff Spread
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 - 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8x8-inch baking pan lightly with coconut oil. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt coconut oil, Biscoff spread, and brown sugar until just combined. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.  Set aside. Stir egg and vanilla into the cooled Biscoff mixture, until just blended. Add the dry ingredients and stir until smooth. The mixture will be very thick. Fold in chocolate chips.

Transfer mixture into the prepared pan, spreading evenly with the back of a spoon (or by hand , if necessary). Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the edges just begin to brown. Cool in pan on a wire rack. These blondes are delicious at any temperature, but most indulgent when served slightly warm and a la mode!

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19 comments:

  1. These look so yummy. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. YUM!! These look incredible. Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy! XO

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  3. these look so yummy. i might have to bake today. thx for the inspiration!

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  4. Firstly, biscoff is evil, only because we cannot get it here, so until we get it here it will be evil. Secondly I so fly by the seat of my pants too, it's just life, that is how I get through. And lastly, biscoff is not evil, I just really want to try it.

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    1. Aww - bummer. I can't seem to find it around here, either. We had to bring ours back from a visit to my husband's parents in South Carolina. But I'm thinking as it gets more and more popular on the food blog circuit, it's got to start showing up in more places, right? Hang tight and hopefully it makes its way up to you! ;)

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  5. Wow, these look absolutely delicious!!

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  6. I've never used coconut oil but I've heard great things about it. Looks like I need to try it because I do have a jar of Biscoff! Looks delicious.

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  7. Looks like another midnight snack I need to be making. Thanks they look very Yummy

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  8. Saw these from Sweets for a Saturday - they look wonderful! I've been meaning to try baking with biscoff spread so I definitely need to give these a try. Thanks for posting the recipe!

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  9. Hi Rachel,
    These look like awesome treats, that we would really enjoy! We still can't get Biscoff here in our local stores, but I am hoping someday we will, I would really like to try it. Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Happy St. Patrick's Day!
    Miz Helen

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  12. Oh, man. I need these in my life. My mouth is watering!

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  13. I had no idea biscoff was a spread! I'm going to have to get some to try these bars!!! They look fantastic! I'm featuring these this week as my treat of the week. thanks for linking up to topsy turvy tuesdays

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  14. I have never had Biscoff as a spread. I've had the cookies. It's not easy to find but I did a locator and found that it's at a nearby independent grocer. I am going to have to check it out! Thank You for sharing this recipe! I am a new follower, hope you stop by and follow me if you'd like!

    Warmest Regards,
    Annamaria

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  15. These look delicious, thanks for sharing!

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  16. back in 2011 u did a biscoff post asking what u should make w/ your new jar of biscoff. one thing on your options list was 2peas&theirpod (marias) recipe for biscoff blondies. in this post u make/post a recipe thats similar to marias but definitely not the "same" as hers. would u recommend "your" recipe over her recipe??? reason I'm asking is because I've never had biscoff before. so i ordered some off ebay. it just came today and i definitely don't want the jar to go to waste so i gotta make sure i use a really GOOD recipe!!

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  17. They're not green and there are no rainbows, leprechauns, or other St. Patrick's Day paraphernalia. Just pure, unadulterated deliciousness.chewy tubes online

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