Blonde Brownies

Recipe for "Blonde Brownies"

2 c. flour
1/4 teas. baking soda
1 teas baking powder
1 teas salt
2 c. packed brown sugar
2/3 c.. shortening, melted
2 eggs
2 teas vanilla
2 c. choc. chips
1/3 c. chopped nuts

Mix flour, soda, baking powder and salt

Add sugar to shortening - eggs - vanilla

Add flour mixture to sugar mixture

Spread in 13 x 9 pan. Sprinkle with chips and nuts

Bake 350° for 30 mins

Cool in pan; cut in bars

Found in "Motherless Brooklyn" by Jonathan Lethem. Published by Vintage, 1999.

Edit: I have gotten a lot of emails about this recipe, they tell me it is one of the best blonde brownie recipes out there. Give it a try.

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  1. What's funny about you posting this is that I was asking my mom recently for her recipe for blonde brownies, but she said she had to track it down first.

    Now I have a recipe! Thanks!

  2. This is odd, but I believe that is my Grammie's writing and her recipe. She used to write them all on 3x5 or 5x8 cards and post them. Several were lost and I think this might be one. So odd... do you still have it? I would like to get it from you - I can send other examples of her recipes & writing if you wanted to compare...

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