Blondie Recipe with Chocolate Chips & Pecans - Once Upon a Chef (2024)

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Part cookie, part brownie — who doesn’t love blondies?

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Part cookie, part brownie—who doesn’t love blondies? The best part is that they’re ridiculously easy to make. They have less ingredients than chocolate chip cookies (plus you don’t have to roll the dough into balls) and they’re easier than my go-to brownie recipe because there’s no chocolate to melt. This version made with chocolate chips and pecans is my all-time favorite.

What You’ll Need To Make Chocolate Chip Pecan Blondies

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How To Make Chocolate Chip Pecan Blondies

To begin making this easy blondie recipe, combine the melted butter with brown sugar and granulated sugar in a large bowl.

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Beat until well combined, about 2 minutes.

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Add the egg and vanilla.

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Beat until combined.

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Add the flour and salt.

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Mix on low until just blended.

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Add the chocolate chips and nuts.

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Mix in.

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Transfer the batter to the prepared pan.

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Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the top is set and lightly golden. Set the pan on a wire rack to cool.

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Using the parchment overhang, lift the blondie “cake” from the pan and transfer it to a cutting board.

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Cut into 16 squares and serve warm or room temperature. Store the blondies in an airtight container at room temperature.

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How To Freeze Blondies

The blondies can be frozen for up to 3 months. After they are completely cooled, double-wrap them securely with aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap. Thaw overnight on the countertop before serving.

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Chocolate Chip Pecan Blondie Recipe

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By Jenn Segal

Part cookie, part brownie — who doesn’t love blondies?

Servings: Makes 16 squares

Ingredients

  • 1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped pecans (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F degrees. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with an 8x11-inch piece of parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on two sides. You'll have to create seams in the corners and along the edges of the pan to get it to stay put (you can always add a few dots of butter underneath if necessary).
  2. In a large bowl of an electric mixer, beat the melted butter with the brown sugar and granulated sugar until well combined, about 2 minutes. Beat in the egg and vanilla. On low speed, mix in the flour and salt until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and spread evenly with a rubber spatula.
  3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the top is set and lightly golden. Set the pan on a wire rack to cool. Using the parchment overhang, lift the blondie "cake" from the pan and transfer it to a cutting board; cut into 16 squares. Store the blondies in an airtight container at room temperature or freeze for longer storage.
  4. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The blondies can be frozen for up to 3 months. After they are completely cooled, double-wrap them securely with aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap. Thaw overnight on the countertop before serving.

Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: 1 square
  • Calories: 166
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Saturated fat: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 22 g
  • Sugar: 15 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Sodium: 81 mg
  • Cholesterol: 27 mg

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Comments

  • I would like to try these with Browned Butter. Or will it be fine as written since you suggest to add extra flour if wanting them slightly less buttery? Or do you recommending adding an extra tablespoon of butter before melting/browning to make up for the lose of liquid?
    I am a long time fan and appreciate that I can choose any recipe and feel confident it will be great the first time! Thanks.

    • — julie on March 12, 2024
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    • Hi Julie, You don’t need to recommend any extra butter if you’d like to brown it. And so glad you like the recipes – I hope you like these too!

      • — Jenn on March 13, 2024
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      • I made these blondies twice before and they are delish. I have some extra coconut on hand and wanted to add it in with the nuts and chocolate. How much coconut would you suggest adding…Thanks.

        • — Diane on April 1, 2024
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        • Hi Diane, so glad you like them! I wouldn’t recommend adding unsweetened coconut here, but if your coconut is sweetened, I’d suggest about a half cup.

          • — Jenn on April 3, 2024
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  • These came out perfectly and are definitely a crowd pleaser. Great recipe when you need a quick desert and have to work with pantry staples.

    • — Christine on March 11, 2024
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  • Can’t wait to try this!! Just wanted to check whether sugar in the raw can be used instead of refined sugar?

    • — Cherry B on February 25, 2024
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    • I wouldn’t recommend it — sorry!

      • — Jenn on February 27, 2024
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  • Another stellar recipe from Jenn! Delicious & easy!

    • — Julianne Banquer on February 24, 2024
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  • Oh my! These are out of this world! I mean unreal…. delicious! Don’t even search for another cookie/ bar recipe. You, your tastebuds, and anyone lucky enough to get a bite before they are gone …will thank you!

    • — Wendy Glasser on February 19, 2024
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  • This sleeper of a recipe had it’s debut last night The ease of getting the blondies into the oven totally belie the fact that they are special. Truly special. Classic chocolate chip cookie flavor in a texture that is just as Jenn said…like a brownie! Every bite had my brain mis-fire deciding if this was a cookie or a brownie. And that part was fun too! Any time I’ve made a blondie recipe I typically bake at the longer end of the time given, and did go the full 30 minutes. Golden color on the top crust, and yet totally soft and chewy. LOVED these.

    • — Jeff Winett on February 13, 2024
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  • They are very ? 1/4 inch? Did I do something wrong? Cooling now? Haven’t tasted them yet?

    • — Marilyn Nelson on February 11, 2024
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    • Hi Marilyn, they don’t rise a ton, but should definitely be more than 1/4 inch thick. Is there a chance you used a 9-inch pan instead of an 8-inch?

      • — Jenn on February 13, 2024
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  • Wonderful! A nice change from brownies.

    • — Anita on January 31, 2024
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  • This blondie recipe was perfect. Everything I needed and more. 🤌💋

    • — Rae on January 8, 2024
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  • Hi Jenn, my culinary goddess! I’ve made lots of blonde brownie recipes over the years and this one was hands down the best! I substituted light brown sugar for the dark and walnuts for the pecans and it was absolutely delicious. This will be a go to recipe from now on. So easy to make yet decadently delicious! Thanks so much for all of your fabulous recipes. Happy holidays to you and your family

    • — Donna on December 14, 2023
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  • I’ve made these blondies several times and they’re always amazing! I thought I might try using this base recipe to make copycat Starbucks cranberry bliss bars for this year’s Thanksgiving lineup. Any suggestions or moderations you’d suggest, Jenn?

    • — Sarah Pfennigs on November 22, 2023
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    • Hi Sarah, Unfortunately I’ve never tried those so I can’t say for sure, but there’s no reason you couldn’t add white chocolate chips and dried cranberries to these instead of the nuts and chocolate chips. You could also add a teaspoon of orange zest. It looks like those bars also have a cream cheese frosting, so I would add that as well. Please LMK how they turn out if you try them!

      • — Jenn on November 23, 2023
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      • Jenn, I took your suggestions of adding orange zest to the batter AND the cream cheese frosting. WOW. They were tremendous! I think this blondie recipe is *perfection*! Thank you!

        • — Sarah Pfennigs on December 5, 2023
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        • Thanks for coming back to let us know how it turned out with Jenn’s suggestions!

          • — Katie on December 17, 2023
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  • Quick to make with pantry staples. Used mini chocolate chips because that was what I had. Chewy, tasty cookie.

    • — Diana on November 9, 2023
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  • Absolutely amazing—I’ve been using this as my staple blondie recipe for years now. I love adding other toppings/flavorings as well!

    • — Lydia on November 5, 2023
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  • I would like to double the recipe using a 9 x13 pan. My oven runs hot. What is my baking time?

    • — Carole on November 2, 2023
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    • Hi Carole, the bake time should be about the same, but if you know your oven runs hot, you may want to check them a few minutes early.

      • — Jenn on November 2, 2023
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  • A great recipe! I’ve made these like 3 times already. Definitely make sure you mix the sugar and butter for the full 2 min (I used a hand mixer), you’ll see the texture change and it’ll help the end result.

    • — Amy K on September 19, 2023
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  • I love this recipe so much- it’s one of my go-to’s! Quick question- I have a lot of cherries and wanting to add cherries to these bars to make cherry/choc chip blondies. Would you recommend I adjust any of the ingredients with the addition of the cherries?

    • — Meaghan on July 26, 2023
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    • So glad you like it! Unfortunately, I don’t think adding cherries would work here. They would add moisture to the mix throwing off the wet and dry ratios. Also, they are tart which would you require to change the amount of sugar. Sorry!

      • — Jenn on July 26, 2023
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  • Best blondie recipe I have made and my go to for a quick & delicious dessert. It’s requested often in my house (I even get requests from my kids friends lol). I like to change up the mix-ins for different flavor combinations. So easy & versatile! Thank you for sharing your recipe ☺️

    • — Angela on June 4, 2023
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  • From my previous comment……Melty on the inside…..not meaty lol

    • — Allison Smith on May 29, 2023
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  • Delicious! took them out of the oven an hour ago and just tried one. Followed the recipe with the exception of using a whisk to blend (too lazy to get the mixer out 😉)
    Soft and meaty on the inside with just a little crunch on the edges. I will definitely make these again. Thanks for another great recipe Jen.

    • — Allison Smith on May 29, 2023
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  • Dairy free here, so I subbed Miyoko vegan butter (cashew based) for the butter. Otherwise I doubled everything and used a 9×13 glass bake dish as recommended. Delicious! They came out brownie-like, not cookie-like.

    I did reduce the chocolate chips. Instead of 3/4 cup per recipe I used 1/2 cup.

    • — Brae on April 23, 2023
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  • Delicious and easy!

    • — Jenny L on April 22, 2023
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  • Forgot to add when I doubled the recipe I baked for 38 minutes after checking it at 30 & 35.

    • — Val on March 25, 2023
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  • I made this for a church function & it was gobbled up! I doubled the recipe in a 9×13 and kept some for the house. Totally delicious! Very easy will make again ! Since I had them in my cupboard I used equal parts mini cacao, white chocolate & dark chocolate chips to mix it up and of course pecans. May want to add some raisins or coconut next time…

    • — Val on March 25, 2023
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    • Ew! No, Val, no! Don’t ruin them with raisins!🤮

      • — Katie on December 17, 2023
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  • Bottom line: this is a recipe I am adding to my favorites. I needed to attend two gatherings last weekend, so I made two “blondies” recipes, to test them out. The ingredients were similar in type, just differing amounts. This one was far superior in flavor and texture.

    • — Carol on March 20, 2023
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  • I’ve made this blondie recipe twice. Both times I substituted 1/4 white chocolate, 1/4 butterscotch, and 1/4 milk chocolate chips for the 3/4 cup semi-sweet chips. I loved the flavor the first time I made, but in my oven 30 min was not enough to set the center and even in increments I ended up burning the top. The second time I cooked at 300 degrees for 55 min and it came out perfectly-lightly browned, slightly glossy on top like a good brownie and a bit chewy. Delicious.

    • — KS on March 14, 2023
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  • This recipe needs to be doubled to make a brownie of “standard” thickness. The recipe as only makes a brownie about 1/4 inch high. Please fix your recipe-we don’t need more poor recipes on the internet.

    • — Jill on March 11, 2023
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    • I feel like this could be said in a more positive way. What we absolutely don’t need is more negativity on the internet!

      Did you make it in a pan that was too large? They worked out well for me!

      • — Lee on May 15, 2023
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    • I glossed over the detail that the pan used is to be an 8-inch square because my eyes fixed on the “8X11-inch parchment paper” and I mistakenly assumed I needed a larger pan. The blondies were thin, and I think you may also have made the same error I did by using a 9×13” pan! Still delicious though, but next time I’ll use my smaller dish to achieve that chewier blonde texture! Thanks for another outstanding recipe Jenn!

      • — Emily on November 13, 2023
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    • Very harsh. What size pan did you use? Jenn’s recipes have been my go to for many years and I have never been disappointed by the things I’ve tried.

      • — Janice Jordan on February 10, 2024
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  • Amazing, just like all Jen’s recipes and I own both her cookbooks and regularly check this website for new and delicious recipes. Thank you Jen for all your hard work, this is by far the most trustworthy food blog out there!

    • — Kandice S. on March 6, 2023
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  • These are so easy abd delicious.
    I will make these again for sure and just the right amount for two. Since we don’t want to waste or have alot. I did use white chocolate chips and I used pastry flour.
    Thank you for another wonderful recipe.

    • — Ellen on March 4, 2023
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    • Just wanted to add to my review that my family loved them so much they were gone the next day. I’m going to double the recipe this weekend since I saw other reviewers did that and it worked perfectly. I have high hopes they will last a couple of days.

      • — ELLEN on March 23, 2023
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  • I made these tonight and followed the recipe exactly. My friends call me the sugar chef but these were a sugar overkill. Way too sweet! Disappointing.

    • — JustKelly on March 2, 2023
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  • I made these for the first-time last week. I got rave reviews from everyone! They were soft and chewy and just the right amount of chocolate and sweetness. I will definitely be making again!

    • — Gail on March 2, 2023
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  • I just made these and they are delicious and so easy to make BUT I overcooked mine. Silly me. At 25 minutes, the center didn’t seem to be set so I let them go an additional 5 minutes which was a mistake. My oven is accurate so I am suggesting a cook time of 25 minutes. These are great with vanilla ice cream. BTW Jenn, thank you for all these wonderful recipes and the way that you present them.

    • — Nancy Henry on March 1, 2023
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  • I made these using GF flour and they turned out perfectly – chewy and moist! I was able to easily cut them in to beautiful squares; they looked so pretty on the plate. I will be making these again! Thank you for another great recipe, Jenn!

    • — Pippa on February 15, 2023
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  • I made these over the weekend, and they were so good. Thanks for the recipe.

    • — Kathy on February 13, 2023
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  • These were so great! They were easy to mix together and had the perfect blondie texture. Thanks Jen for an awesome recipe!

    • — Stephanie on January 9, 2023
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  • Hi Jenn, how long should I let these cool for before cutting into them?

    • — Ms. Liz on January 5, 2023
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    • I’d let them cool completely. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on January 6, 2023
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      • Hi Jenn, thanks for the reply. I should clarify my question. 😉 What is the total time (in minutes) that I should wait before cutting into?

        • — Ms. Liz on January 6, 2023
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        • I’d give them at least an hour. 🙂

          • — Jenn on January 6, 2023
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  • I made these Blondies for Christmas this year. Everyone loved them and the only thing different I did, was substitute the chocolate chips and nuts for a bag of heath bar chips. (Wanted the texture of nuts without actual nuts) The 8×8 size for desserts allows me to have a larger variety, without so much to eat. Love your small dessert recipes!

    • — Jane Gibson on December 27, 2022
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  • I just made these and I’m in love because they are not super sweet and I was able to cook them in and 8×8 pan which gave me chunkier bars. I did cook them about 5 mins longer than recommended but my stove is crazy.

    • — Grace on December 20, 2022
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  • I tried baking these recently and they were burnt!!😭 Has anybody had any success with modifying the baking temperature and/or time? Maybe I mixed the batter for too long, any suggestions on how long to mix it for? Also, they didn’t really rise either, they just looked more like regular cookies instead of a traditional blondie. Should I use baking powder to help it rise?

    • — Mercedes Beard on December 18, 2022
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    • Hi Mercedes, I’m sorry you had a problem with these burning! If you make them again, I’d cut the baking time back by a few minutes (and I don’t think it had anything to do with how long you mixed the batter). Also, there is intentionally no baking soda or baking powder in this recipe. (These are more like bars/brownies and don’t rise very much.)

      • — Jenn on December 19, 2022
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  • I love how it was quick and easy to make. I was craving something sweet but didn’t want to go through a laundry list of ingredients and steps. I also didn’t find this sweet which is kind of nice. I ended up using 1/2 c of chocolate and even that was a lot. The batch does appear very small. I used an 8×11 as that’s all I had on hand. It filled about half the pan and I shaped it into a square otherwise it would’ve been ridiculously thin if I filled the whole pan. Only thing I didn’t like was that the bottom of my blondies were very greasy and almost seemed undercooked even though I left it in for the recommended time.

    • — Myrla on December 13, 2022
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  • Have made this three times exactly as-is. The second time I found it a bit greasy, but the third time I was sure to mix the butter and sugars together for a full 2 minutes, and this made all the difference. A big hit with children and adults. Thanks for your wonderful recipes Jenn!

    • — Karen on December 4, 2022
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  • DO NOT do this recipe as written. Either double the batch or make cookies. Absolutely no liquidity to the batter, unspreadable in the pan, and didn’t even come close filling an 8×8 in a thin layer. Not sure how this got so many positive reviews—must be paid for by the website.

    • — Cynthia on November 19, 2022
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    • I just made it and it was perfectly delicious. Not sure why you had such problems.

      • — Sheryl on November 28, 2022
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    • To suggest that the website paid for the reviews is an insult to Jenn who is a wonderful person as well as chef. Maybe you should be asking yourself, what YOU did wrong.

      • — Anonymous on December 4, 2022
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  • We aren’t too fond of chocolate, so I substituted currants with the pecans.
    My husband was delighted! This is so delicious.
    I am now making a double recipe.
    Thank you,
    Donna

    • — Donna on November 13, 2022
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  • This is my go to dessert! It’s THE best! Thinking of adding pumpkin purée for a fall version. Do you think it’ll be too watery?

    • — Jess on October 22, 2022
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    • Hi Jess, Glad you like these! If you’d like to incorporate pumpkin puree, I’d recommend replacing half of the butter with an equal amount of puree. I’d love to hear how they turn out!

      • — Jenn on October 25, 2022
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