White Chocolate-Macadamia Nut Cookie Dough Blondies

I hope you’re still enjoying my new site design! Today’s recipe actually comes from The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook which was written by Lindsay, the same woman who designed my website. When the book arrived at my house from Amazon, I practically drooled over every page. I had such a hard time selecting a recipe to try out first because they all looked so ridiculously good. I choose this recipe because my boyfriend happens to love white chocolate-macadamia nut cookies. I tend to prefer good ole’ chocolate chip cookies because I find white chocolate is often too sweet. I was worried this blondie recipe would be too sweet because it has a lot of white chocolate and cookie dough on top. I was happily surprised, though, after taking my first blondie bite I realized this treat is just the perfect amount of sweetness.

Recipe Rundown
Taste: Rich, buttery, sweet without being cloying.
Texture: The blondie base is chewy, the cookie dough has that kind of soft and slightly grainy texture that real cookie dough has, and the white chocolate chips and nuts add a nice bite.
Ease: There are a few different steps but nothing about this recipe is diffcult.
Appearance: These little bars are made adorable with the white chocolate drizzle on top.
Pros: Fun and scrumptious.
Cons: None.
Would I make this again? Yes, any white chocolate or macadamia nut lover will adore these blondies.


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White Chocolate-Macadamia Nut Cookie Dough Blondies

Yield: 16 blondies

Ingredients:

For the blondies:
5 ounces good-quality white chocolate, chopped
1/3 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

For the cookie dough:
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon heavy cream or milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup white chocolate chips
1/4 cup salted macadamia nuts, chopped
2 ounces white chocolate, melted

Directions:

For the blondies:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving a slight overhang. Butter or spray parchment with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the white chocolate and butter in the microwave in 30-second bursts, stirring between each burst, until smooth. Stir in sugars. Mixture may appear to separate - that's fine.

Whisk in the eggs and vanilla until combined. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt, stirring until thoroughly combined. Pour batter into prepared baking pan and bake for about 25 minutes, until the top and edges are lightly golden. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the cookie dough:
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the cream and vanilla, beating until combined. On low speed add the flour and salt, beating until combined. With a rubber spatula fold in the white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.

Spread cookie dough into a thin, even layer over cooled blondies. You may need to use your hands to distribute cookie dough evenly. Place melted chocolate in a small zip-top bag. Cut a small hole in one corner of the bag and drizzle chocolate over blondies. Refrigerate blondies until cookie dough is firm and melted chocolate is set, about 30 minutes.

Use the parchment overhang to remove blondies from pan. Cut into 2-inch squares and serve. Blondies can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

   

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8 Responses to “White Chocolate-Macadamia Nut Cookie Dough Blondies”

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    Lindsay — July 23, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Ahhh they look gorgeous!! :) Thanks for sharing and so glad you enjoyed them. :)

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    Cathy @ Noble Pig — July 23, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    I love the idea of cookie dough and mac nuts together in one bite…so awesome and sounds like a fab book I must get my hands on!

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    Jenny — July 23, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Wow, they look good! I’m crazy about macadamia nuts, I bet they taste amazing in this.

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    Jake riverson — July 24, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    These look delicious!!! They remind me of a Brigadeiros omg lol Whoever loves these must check this site out http://www.brigadeiropalace.com . If only they made a flavor exacly like this. That would be classiccccc!!

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    Colleen, The Smart Cookie Cook — July 26, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Amazing. That’s all I have to say. You took my favorite kind of cookie/cookie dough and morphed it into a blondie. Hell yes.

    • tessa replied: — July 27th, 2012 @ 4:35 am

      Glad you like it :) You’ll have to check out Lindsay’s book because there are way more creative ideas for cookie dough inside!

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    Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke — October 7, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    I’ve made these, they are delicious! I shared this on my 37 Delicious White Chocolate Recipes Round up here: http://kristendukephotography.com/37-delicious-white-chocolate-recipes/#comments

    Kristen

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