Monday, February 9, 2009

A Tale of Two Brownies

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They say blonds have more fun. I will never have the luxury of finding out if that statement is true or not, unless I somehow find it in my head one day to take a drastic change and dye my hair blonde, much to the chagrin of my parents. But I have no plans to go blond anytime soon, and so I have decided to take this test into the kitchen instead.

I've always thought that "chocolate-less" brownies were...well, bland and boring. Being a chocoholic, I’m just not turned on by the chocolate-less version when I’m given an option. But Martha (and good ‘ole Martha—I’ve really come to love her all over again since we’ve patched up our relationship) made me rethink my position, and opened my eyes to see the blondie in a new light.

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This blondie is actually called the Rocky Ledge Bar, but it’s a blondie in every sense of the word, flavoured with brown sugar and vanilla. What makes these ordinarily “boring” bars super sexy are the fun extras that are added into the batter: semisweet and white chocolate chips, mini marshmallows and chewy caramels. Oozing with sugary goodness when it comes out of the oven, these blondies have a lighter, more cake-like texture than conventional dense brownies. These were absolutely amazing, and will surely give you sugar-high that will last you a few hours.

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On the other end of the spectrum were Cream Cheese Brownies. Super rich and decadent with a creamy cheesecake topping, these brownies are everything a chocoholic could wish for in a chocolate brownie done right.

So what’s the verdict? Do blonds have more fun? Well, in this battle of the brownies/blondies, I’d say yes. While I love a good brownie (and these are a pretty good brownies!) and it’s hard for me to pass up chocolate in any form, these blondies are top-notch. They are a perfect balance between a cookie and a cake, and filled with fun treats that are really the highlight of these bars. So even if you’re not a natural blonde, make a pan of these delicious blondies and let your inner blondness (and inner-Martha) run wild!


Anonymous February 9, 2009 at 3:15 p.m.  

Wow! They look absolutely amazing - lovely work. I'm now going to have to make one or both of them!

Bonita February 10, 2009 at 1:12 p.m.  

Go make both! They're so worth it! But if you really must choose one, I highly recommend the Rocky Ledge Bars!

Anonymous February 12, 2009 at 8:37 a.m.  

I totally agree, they look fantastic and I want to make a batch right now!

Anonymous February 13, 2009 at 12:45 p.m.  

They both tasted fantastic! I would have gone into a chocolate hazy if it had not been for class!

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