Sunday, July 28, 2013

Nutella Swirl Blondie Bars

I have a great recipe for you today- using one of our favorite things- Nutella!

These bar cookies are great, and very delicious and rich. These are also a fun twist on a traditional bar cookie, such as congo bars -a family favorite around here.

Nutella Swirl Blondie Bars

1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2 large eggs plus one egg yolk
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups butterscotch chips
4 oz. cream cheese, softened at room temperature
3/4 cup Nutella

Preheat oven to 375. Grease a 9 by 13 pan. Line it with foil-letting it hang over the edges- (optional) and spray or grease the foil. (I just sprayed the pan, but I think the foil would have been better.) Combine the sugar and butter on the stove over medium heat. When butter has melted, remove from heat and let it cool slightly. Add the 2 eggs and vanilla.

  • In another bowl, combine the dry ingredients- flour, baking powder, and salt.  Gradually add this mixture to the other mixture. Mix until smooth. Add the butterscotch chips. Press evenly into prepared 9 by 13 inch pan.
  • With an electric mixer, beat the one egg yolk, cream cheese, and Nutella until smooth. Drop by spoonfuls onto the other mixture that is in the pan. Now using a small knife, swirl in the Nutella making a design or decorative pattern. Well just do the best you can and try not to scrap the bottom of the pan.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes at 375 OR until a toothpick comes out pretty clean when inserted. Let cool, and chill in fridge for 1-2 hours. **I found I needed to cut them before chilling them or they were harder to cut. Serve them at room temperature. Great with a glass of milk! These are rich, and chewy and very yummy!

My kids LOVED these! They are really good. Like most bar cookies, I found it helpful to cut them while still warm. I also did not use the foil in the pan, but I think it would have been better to do so.
*recipe found in an old issue of ALL YOU magazine

thanks for reading! ENJOY!

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