Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Dessert- GF White Chocolate Chip & Macadamia Nut Blondies

God bless America!!! I think one of the best decisions our country made was adopting Hawaii as a state. Not just for the lovely tourism, but for macadamia nuts. Oh what love occurs when you bite into a macadamia nut. There's just something about it. Especially when paired with white chocolate.

This recipe took a couple tries to perfect. The first time, I used way too much butter. The next, they were dry and crumbly. That can get a little pricey when working with macadamia nuts as they are not cheap! I did this for my family, my taste buds, and well America. Okay, I'm getting a little cheesy. But really, why not celebrate the founding of our country with this native Hawaiian nut? These bars are on the decadent side, but totally worth the splurge. Not only are they easy to through together, but they are also portable and gluten free!! What better way to celebrate the 4th of July?

GF White Chocolate Chip and Macadamia Nut Blondies
Inspired by Taste of Home

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup gluten-free flour blend (I used C4C)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 6.5 oz. can dry roasted macadamia nuts
1 12 oz. bag white chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-inch by 13-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer. Add the eggs and beat until smooth and combine. In a smaller dish, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually beat into the creamed mixture, scraping the sides to thoroughly mix. Add the nuts and chocolate chips until combine. Spread into your baking dish. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool before cutting. Makes 2 dozen bars.

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