Choco-Cinn Honey Blondies


I can’t want to get my new camera. I’m tired of using this camera phone!!

After Carlo’s Hungarian goulash feast (post still to come), we felt like having some dessert. So I decided that I’d try something new. Hence, the choco-cinn honey blondies. We both really loved the taste (Carlo kept eating the raw dough), and for a first run, the consistency wasn’t too bad, but it could have been better (It was a little too dry – Carlo thinks that honey may have started to crystalize due to the baking time). It’s definitely something I’m going to work on over time.

INGREDIENTS (What I used)

  • 3/4 c. of unsalted butter
  • 1/2 c. of orange blossom honey We recommend probably using 3/4 to 1c. of honey.
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp of vanilla
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 2 c. of flour
  • 1/2 tsp. of baking powder
    1/2 c. of semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c. of chopped pecans
  • 1-2 tsp of unsweetened cocoa This is too much. You should probably use no more than 1tsp and that could be pushing it.

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven at 350 degrees
  2. Cream together the butter and honey until smooth
  3. Mix in the egg, vanilla and cinnamon until well blended
  4. Gradually add the flour, a 1/2 c. at a time
  5. Add the baking powder
  6. Fold in the chips and pecans
  7. Grease a 9×9 brownie pan
  8. Spread mixture evenly into pan
  9. Sprinkle cocoa powder on top
  10. Bake for 30-35 minutes For the first run, we did it at 40 minutes, but we felt that was too long, especially with honey in the mixture. You probably should do a toothpick test after 25 minutes.
  11. When baked, flip onto a wire rack to cook
  12. Cut however you wish and enjoy!

Overall, we were pleased. I recommend serving them warm with a scoop of either vanilla or coffee ice cream. They’re also good to dunk into a nice cup of Stumptown or Stew Leonard’s coffee

NOTES:
Stumptown is a coffee roaster based in Portland, OR. You can order their beans at http://www.buystumptowncoffee.com/. Carlo and I both recommend the Ethiopia Biloya Natural. The best coffee I’ve had yet.

Stew Leonard’s is a small chain of super-super markets based in CT, with one NY location in Yonkers. I don’t think you can order their coffee online, but if you are in the area, definitely get yourself some of their Danish Pastry beans.

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