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Brown on Blonde

There was a time I felt that blondies were nothing more than brownies somebody forgot to put chocolate in. Then one day, I went to make brownies and actually didn't have any chocolate, so I made blondies...really bad blondies. Intrigued, I went to work trying to get the proper balance of buttery/nutty/chewy/crispy.
The secret is to use a combination of nuts and to fry them in the butter before assembly.
Why metric measurements? Because precision matters, so break out your digital scale.
This recipe first appeared in EveryDayCook.
ACTIVE TIME: 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 50 minutes
Yield: 12 (2-inch) bars

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  • 170 grams unsalted butter
  • 100 grams walnuts
  • 55 grams pecans
  • 272 grams all-purpose flour
  • 6 grams baking powder
  • 3 grams kosher salt
  • 55 grams almond butter
  • 346 grams dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Specialized Hardware

  • Digital kitchen scale
  • Fine-mesh sieve
  • 8-inch square baking dish

Procedure

  • Crank oven to 350°F. Coat the insides of an 8-inch square baking dish with nonstick spray and line with a parchment paper sling.
  • Melt the butter in in an 8-inch saute pan over medium heat. When it's done bubbling, add the walnuts and pecans, and cook until the nuts are toasted and the butter smells nutty, 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Place a fine-mesh sieve over a large heatproof bowl and strain the butter from the nuts. Set both aside to cool for 30 minutes. Then, chop the nuts coarsely and set aside.
  • Beat the almond butter into the cooled butter, followed by the brown sugar, eggs, egg yolk, and vanilla. Beat until completely smooth, about 1 minute, then stir in the flour mixture. Finish by folding in the nuts and transferring to a prepared pan. The batter will be thick, so I suggest using a rubber or silicone spatula.
  • Bake until the edges are deeply brown and the top is dry and cracked, 40 to 45 minutes, or until the internal temp hits 200F. Remove the pan from the oven and cool on a wire rack for about 30 minutes before de-panning, slicing into squares, and devouring with plenty of frosty almond milk