Brown Butter Blondies with Toffee and Hazelnut are ooey gooey awesome. Nuts and toffee really make these special.
Okay, but really, what’s not to love in that title?! Do not let the Plain Jane exterior of these blondies fool you into thinking that they are anything short of absolutely amazing.
These are one of those “go big or go home” kind of desserts. They’re definitely rich, definitely not healthy, and definitely one of the most amazing things you will ever eat. Truth.
Though, I would like to posit my new favorite saying for your consideration: “Food that makes you happy is health food.” I saw it on a sign at Red Robin, and now it’s my life mantra.
These babies have a flakey top (you know, like the kind the best brownies have), but an ooey-gooey, melt-in-your-mouth interior. It’s heavenly. I feel like we owe these amazing qualities to brown butter.
I feel like brown butter is one of those ingredients, where you put it in something, and that thing gets instantly like a kajillion times better. Who can resist its nutty allure? The best part is that while your browning the butter on the stove, the scent wafts through your whole house, filling it up with that tantalizing scent.
The brown butter in these blondies enhances the nuttiness from the ground hazelnuts, while also amplifying the caramel notes of the toffee. It’s something you don’t want to skip, trust me!
I like to use the toffee bits that also have chocolate on them, here. Why? Well because a touch of chocolate seems to add a bit of depth to the bars. However, if you can only find the toffee bits sans chocolate, don’t sweat it too much; your bars will still taste awesome! If you’re not a toffee fan (um, what?), you could omit it, and instead include roughly chopped hazelnuts for crunch, and more of a hazelnut-y flavor.
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