Orange-Walnut Blondies
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1½ cups lightly packed brown sugar
  • zest of one orange
  • 1½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13"x9" baking dish.
  2. Scatter the walnuts on a cookie sheet and toast until fragrant, about 8-10 minutes.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, brown sugar, and orange zest until light. Add the vanilla and orange juice, stirring to combine, followed by the eggs, one at a time.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the flour slowly to the butter mixture, while mixing on the low speed. Stir in the toasted walnuts by hand.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and smooth the top. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until your house smells so good you can't stand any more waiting, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool the blondies in the pan, set on a cooling rack, and cut into squares of any size that makes you happy.
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