Finally, a dessert that we can all agree on! It's no secret that I don't really like chocolate. But, I live in a house of chocolate lovers; and, when I whip up a dessert, I tend to cater to the masses. These blondies though, make me happy and the rest of my crew, too. They have the wonderful texture of brownies and are moist and chewy with the brightness of the zest.
1 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
grated zest of 1 large orange
1 1/2 Tbs. Grand Marnier
1 1/2 cups vanilla chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch square pan. In a small bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat together the butter, sugars at medium speed with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla, zest, and Grand Marnier. Add the eggs one at a time, beating at low speed after each addition. Stir in the flour mixture. Beat on low until well blended. Stir in the vanilla chips. Spread the batter into the greased pan. Bake 30-35 minutes.
Note: You can substitute an equal amount of orange juice concentrate for the Grand Marnier.