Chocolate Chip and Cherry Blondies

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The sun is shining and there’s a hot breeze blowing the tops of the tall maples and oaks in our yard. Their leaves are dancing, soaking up the sun and turning it into energy.

It seems silly to have the oven on while the air conditioners work, but we are turning that heat into energy too. Energy in the form of blondies, which are essentially brownies without the cocoa powder.

We start with a basic blondie recipe.

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The ingredients are blended…

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…until smooth.

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The mix-ins are prepared.

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Fresh sweet cherries are pitted and quartered…

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…and folded in along with just a couple chocolate chips.

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The batter is poured into our prepared dish.

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The top is smoothed out and it’s baked at 350F.

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We let it cool on a wire rack before slicing.

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These are the perfect dessert for a picnic by a babbling brook or in a meadow surrounded by Hawk-weed flowers and Brown Eyed Susan’s. Feel the sun on your face and the grass under foot. Go out and enjoy nature.

Chocolate Chip and Cherry Blondies

  • 1 stick of butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup fresh pitted sweet cherries

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease an 8×8 baking dish and set aside. Melt butter and whisk in brown sugar until fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla. In another bowl, combine flour, salt and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until fully incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips and cherries. Pour into prepared dish and bake 30-40 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack and cut into 9 squares. Enjoy :)

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