According to Hollywood, gentlemen prefer blondes. But what about blondies?
This Father's Day, why not find out? We've dreamed up a white chocolate-studded blondie treat with a duo of tastes that's easy to love — rich coffee and crunchy cashews. We brought it all together in a sweet, rich bar that, thanks to a generous helping of brown sugar, stays moist and chewy with just a hint of crunch on the outside.
Want to take it even further? Sprinkle the top with flaked sea salt just before popping it in the oven. And if Dad doesn't like cashews, peanuts, almonds or walnuts would be good, too. Or maybe add a bit of each.
Start to finish: 1 hour (20 minutes active)
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon instant coffee
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup white chocolate bits
1 cup unsalted roasted cashews
Heat oven to 350 F. Coat a 9-by-9-inch baking pan with cooking spray. In medium bowl, combine water, instant coffee and vanilla. Stir until coffee granules dissolve. Add butter, brown sugar and salt. Use an electric mixer or whisk to beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating between additions and scraping down sides of bowl. Stir in flour, then white chocolate bits and cashews. Spread mixture evenly into prepared pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted at the center comes out clean. Cool and cut into 9 squares.
Nutrition information per serving (values rounded to nearest whole number): 530 calories; 220 calories from fat (42 percent of total calories); 24 g fat (12 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 70 mg cholesterol; 71 g carbohydrate; 8 g protein; 1 g fiber; 260 mg sodium.