So tomorrow is my friend Jackie’s’ 18th birthday!! YAYA!!! Jackie loves socks, so last year I got her socks and this year I plan on getting her a biography of Benjamin Franklin. Why? you might ask. Well, she is going to Penn next year and I was reading in a college book and they had lists of different things you should have/get before you go to college. One of the things on the list for Penn was Franklin’s biography. I thought it would be funny – but I doubt she will get it at first.
Anyway, I had to make her something edible as well, and when I asked her what she wanted, she “Surprise me.” But soon after she said, “Brownies.” I didn’t want to make just plain chocolate brownies because those are just boring. I was going to do something with peanut butter, but when I returned home from school I realized that we were basically out of peanut butter. Oh no! So I settled on a mix – half brownie/half blondie. I just took a pretty basic blondie recipe, split it in half, added some cocoa to one half, and then because I felt like it, I put in about a cup or so of chocolate chips just to add a little flare to them.
The final result looked really cool – black and white with hints of chocolate chips that had melted in some places and stayed whole in other. They were a little dry. I took them out of the oven after 25 minutes, but they probaly could have used a few less, so a glass of milk I’m sure would complement them perfectly. I certainly hope Jackie likes them!
- 2/3 cup vegetable oil
- 2 1/4 cups light brown sugar
- 2 2/3 cups plain flour
- 3 eggs
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chocolate chunks, or chips
- Preheat oven to 350 F
- Grease a 13×9 inch baking pan, line the pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil – making sure to leave an overhang on the sides – and grease that again.
- In a large bowl, mix together oil and brown sugar. Then add the eggs one at a time and beat until smooth, scraping down the sides after each addition.
- In a separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients and then add them to the brown sugar mixture. Mix well.
- Split batter into two separate bowls.
- Mix the one half of the batter with 1/4 cup cocoa, leaving the other half as is.
- Mix chocolate chips into blondie batter and then spread batter out onto prepared pan
- Drop the chocolate batter by heaping spoonfuls into the pan the blondie batter.
- Using or knife or spoon, marble the two batters together – as much or as little as you like!
- Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. After 20 minutes or so, remove from pan and let complete cooling on baking rack.