Tuesday, February 16, 2010

TWD: Creamsicle Blondie Bites (aka. My Best CCC's)

Kait of Kait's Plate chose this week's TWD recipe, what Dorie Greenspan calls, "My Best Chocolate Chip Cookies" on p. 66 of Baking: From My Home to Yours.

I felt like exercising my creativity this week so I omitted the nuts, used white chocolate chunks, added 1 tbsp orange zest and baked this in mini-muffin tins. I also made sure to clock-watch obsessively so I wouldn't overbake them. The result was a Creamsicle Flavored 2-Bite Blondie! I was really pleased with the results - very moist and chewy with a slightly crispy top and just the right balance of vanilla/orange. I made regular drop cookies with the last few tablespoons of dough, but I prefer the denser, richer texture of the blondie bites.

Be sure to spray your mini-muffin tins well and to remove the bites before they are fully cooled otherwise the chocolate hardens and sticks to the pan making removal a bit of a pain. I have posted the (adapted) recipe below because I made so many changes. For the original, check out Kait's blog (link above).

Creamsicle Blondie Bites
30 bites | Adapted from Dorie Greenspan

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup light brown sugar
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp orange zest (feel free to use more if you want)
2 large eggs
12 oz white chocolate chips or chunks

Center a rack in the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Grease 24-36 mini muffin tins.

Combine the flour, salt and baking soda. Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter at medium speed for about 1 minute, until smooth. Add the sugars and beat for another 2 minutes or so, until well blended. Beat in the vanilla and zest. Add the eggs one at a time, beating for 1 minute after each egg goes in. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the dry ingredients in 3 portions, mixing only until each addition is incorporated. On low speed, or by hand, mix in the white chocolate.

Press the dough into mini muffin tins. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden brown. If they are slightly underbaked that's okay, it gives more of a moist/fudgy texture. Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to rest for 5 minutes, then run a thin knife around each blondie bite and transfer to a cooling rack. Store air-tight.


Mary said...

Those look amazing! Wish I had thought of that--then I wouldn't have ended up with super-flat cookies. Great job, and I bet they were delicious.

Natalie said...

these look super-yummy! and as far as the little CCC plate, it's from Pier One. :)

k.a.r.e.n said...

What a neat idea. Those look delicious!

Hindy said...

What a great variation! These sound delicious.

Natalie said...

how creative! I love the creamsicle flavor...definitely going to try this sometime!

Sweetflutterbys3 said...

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Jencrafted said...

Impressive! So creative, as always! This looks so good! I've got to try these one day! Thanks for the out-of-the-box idea. Love it!!

Katrina said...

You win for most creative, yummy changes!

Jannett said...

great idea...look so yummy.... :)

Jaime said...

wonderful adaptation!

Leslie said...

What a great twist! It totally eliminates the flat and thin problem these cookies have.

AmyRuth said...

Nicely done. I like your variation a lot. Thanks for the citrus twist.

Liz said...

Cute! I love the mini muffin shape. I also love the orange zest addition. Sounds delish.

Justin said...

this sounds cool. i've got a bag of white chips in my cupboard calling my name now.

Anonymous said...

Those look great! What a fun idea.

Shandy said...

What a great combination and in muffin tins? Incredible! I love the flavors.