Psychedelic Blondies

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I happened to have a goal in mind – chocolate chip blondies, but as I was fooling around in the kitchen, I thought I might create my own spin by adding different colors of food dye.  The ultimate plan was to create a full-on rainbow brownie/blondie, but because I hadn’t really made enough dough, I stuck to my three favorites, red, orange, and yellow.  They are classic flower colors and are probably more appetizing than green, purple, and blue food.  Then again, you never know what people might be willing to eat, especially if it contains the word chocolate in the title. So, stay tuned for my next salad recipe.  I’ll serve up some delicious kale, cranberries, feta, and oh yes, chocolate chips.  That’ll go over well.  Just kidding. Maybe.

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I was actually house-sitting when I whipped this batch up, so I had the wonderful opportunity to use a standing mixer.  You have no idea how excited I was to use it 🙂 Adapting from the “coffee and white chocolate chip blondie” recipe from my chocolate-chip cookbook (the essential chocolate chip cookbook), I threw in the butter and sugars and whipped it up until the dough was a little grainy, but blended together.  Then I threw in the dry mixture (gently of course) and continued to let the KitchenAid do its thing.

mixing time: 10 minutes
baking: 350 for about 30 minutes

1 1/3 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter (room temp)
¾ cup packed light brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 tbsp instant coffee powder, dissolved in 2 tbsp warm water (optional)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup tbsp white chocolate chips (any chips really)

ImageOnce the dough was pretty much ready to go, I split it up into three separate bowls.  Doubling the recipe might be beneficial if you are serving a large crowd or simply want to add more colors. Bowl by bowl I added some drops of food coloring and spread it into the pan or over the previous layer of dough.  The last step was to swirl all three layers with a toothpick and set it in the oven to bake.

I was a bit disappointed that the colors didn’t turn out as vibrantly as I had expected, but this is normal result from baking any product.  It is also possible to include other mix-ins i.e. coconut (huge fan if you haven’t noticed…I’m hoping to whip up a batch of these coconut protein bars I found from Theresa’s blog), chocolate chips/chunks, butterscotch, white chocolate, nuts, etc.  As always, it’s up to you what you include/don’t include, but really the world is your oyster. 🙂

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The implementation of various colors into your baking could be fun for a ‘60s or ‘70s party or really any event or holiday! Certain colors may not be very appetizing (yes, I’m talking to you blue, purple, and green), so you might want to sample a batch before you serve it to you your guests. Or at least know your crowd. 
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