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Pretzel & White Chocolate Whole-Grain Blondies

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This whole-grain pretzel-and-white-chocolate blondie recipe has half the amount of brown sugar and butter as a traditional recipe and is made with 100% whole-wheat flour. The results: scrumptious toffee-flavored treats with fewer calories and less added sugars per serving.

Servings

24 servings

Prep Time

20 minutes

Total Time

2 hours 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2cups white whole-wheat flour
  • 1teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2teaspoon salt
  • 2large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4cup chopped thin pretzel sticks, divided
  • 3/4cup chopped white chocolate chips, divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with parchment paper or foil, allowing it to slightly overhang opposite edges. Coat with cooking spray.
  2. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook, swirling often, until fragrant and starting to brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Whisk in brown sugar; let cool for 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
  4. Whisk eggs and vanilla into the cooled butter mixture until well combined. Add the flour mixture in two additions, gently folding until just combined. Reserve 2 tablespoons each pretzels and chocolate chips; fold the remaining pretzels and chocolate into the batter. Evenly spread the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the reserved pretzels and chocolate on top.
  5. Bake the blondies until light brown around the edges, 18 to 22 minutes. They will appear slightly underbaked in the center; but will firm up as they cool. Let cool completely in the pan on a wire rack, about 2 hours. To cut, grab the overhanging parchment or foil and transfer the whole batch to a cutting board, then cut into 24 bars.

Tips

To cut bars, grab the overhanging parchment or foil and transfer the whole batch to a cutting board, then cut into bars.

White whole-wheat flour is made from hard white wheat berries, which makes it lighter in color and flavor than regular whole-wheat flour, but with the same nutritional properties. For the best flavor, store it airtight in the freezer.

Cover and store airtight for up to 3 days; freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (recipe makes 24 servings)

Calories 140kcal
Carbohydrate Total 20g
Total Sugars 12g
Added Sugars 12g
Fiber 1g
Total Fat 6g
Saturated Fat 4g
Mono Saturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 27mg
Sodium 111mg
Protein 2g
Potassium 49mg
Calcium 33mg
Folate 9mcg