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Frosted Brown Butter Blondies

Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Active time 40 mins
Total time 1 hr, 5 mins
Yield

Serves 16 (serving size: 1 blondie)

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 ounces whole-wheat flour (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 3 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

Nutrition Information

  • calories 196
  • fat 10.4 g
  • satfat 4.4 g
  • monofat 3.4 g
  • polyfat 1.3 g
  • protein 2 g
  • carbohydrate 25 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 37 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 104 mg
  • calcium 23 mg
  • sugars 18 g
  • Est. Added Sugars 17 g

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-high. Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until light brown. Place butter in a bowl; cool 15 minutes. Stir in brown sugar, oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and eggs.

  3. Combine flours, baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Stir flour mixture into butter mixture. Pour batter into an 8-inch cake pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool. Transfer to serving plate.

  4. Combine remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla, powdered sugar, milk, and cream cheese in a bowl. Place 1/4 cup cream cheese mixture in a ziplock plastic bag.

  5. Place chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH 30 seconds or just until melted, stirring occasionally. Stir melted chocolate into remaining cream cheese mixture. Pour chocolate mixture over blondies, spreading to an even layer. Snip a hole in 1 bottom corner of ziplock bag with cream cheese mixture. Pipe 3 concentric circles over blondies. Drag a wooden pick out from the center of the pan to the edge, repeating in a circle to create a web pattern. Cool.