Chocolate Chunk Blondies


Chocolate Chunk Blondies

I hope you are ready for another installment of Pass the Cook Book Club!  This month is all about Ina Garten.  I will admit, previously I think I have only made one of her recipes.  I like her, but I have just never gotten very into her recipes.  My husband actually gave me her latest cookbook for Christmas, and I bookmarked a few recipes to try.  I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

Chocolate Chunk Blondies

Barefoot Contessa Foolproof is her latest book, and the one that was selected for this month.  I had been eying the Chocolate Chunk Blondies, so when I saw that I was a choice, it was a no brainer for me.  I think I even got into the kitchen the next day to make them.  I am really not sure why I don’t bake more with chocolate chunks that chocolate chips.  The chunks give you so much more gooey chocolate.  And if we are being honest here, isn’t the gooey chocolate the best part of dessert?

Chocolate Chunk Blondies

My 8 year old had a friend over the day I made these.  I let each of them have one after lunch, I had one, and immediately got them out of my house.  I think I could have easily eaten the whole pan by the end of the day!

Yields 16

Blondies studded with gooey chocolate chunks

10 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 pounds chocolate chunks
  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts, chopped (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13x9 inch baking pan with foil or parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter, brown sugar and sugar until light and fluffy; about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla and eggs, mixing well. Add flour, baking soda and salt, mix until just combined. Fold in chocolate chunks and walnuts, if using.
  3. Spread dough into prepared pan. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out mostly clean. You have to be very careful not to overbake them!
  4. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars


Recipe can be cut in half, and baked in an 8x8 inch pan. From Barefoot Contessa Foolproof



  1. These blondies are making my mouth water…hard! LOVE!

  2. I don’t bake nearly enough with chocolate chunks either. I have Ina Garten’s Foolproof and haven’t made anything from it either. These blondies might change that!

  3. I really gotta make those blondies!

  4. You’re so much stronger than I am. I would have hidden them from the rest of the family instead of getting them out of the house. The blondies look delicious.

  5. I agree chocolate chunks make for gooey brownies or blondies in this case! I loved these!

  6. I brought them into work since I couldn’t resist them being so close.

  7. I could eat the entire pan too, love the chocolate chunks!

  8. I LOVE Ina! Watching her show is super relaxing to me for some reason… :)

    These blondies look incredible!

  9. I love all of the huge chunks of chocolate you used in your pan of blondies. There is no such thing as too much chocolate!!

  10. Chocolate chunks are so much better than chocolate chips! YUM. I need to make these again really soon. They were so good.

  11. I went with the ribs this month, but I still want to make the blondies – I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews and they look seriously fantastic!

  12. The gooey chocolate is definitely the best part…your Blondies look amazing!

  13. I hear you these little blondies were dangerous around here too, although I choose to post the ribs for now. You really need to try the ribs if you are a meat eater, I’m not but I made them for hubs and he loved them.

  14. I want to come hang out with your kids. They get to play and hang out and taste test home made blondies after lunch. Im jealous ;D

  15. These look awesome! I am a big Ina fan and regularly cook from her cookbooks. Foolproof is great so far. Now I need to make these!

  16. Definitely not showing this post to your Dad! His willpower would not hold up to this temptation.

  17. These look so amazing. The chocolate chunks are really perfect. It ups the gooey ratio for sure. I also love the new design. Very sleek.

  18. These look fabulous! I would probably eat the whole pan too!

  19. I would want to eat the whole tray.. YUM!! Love those chocolate chunks. :)

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