Ginger blondies

Ginger blondies with a touch of warmth and surprise nuggets of crystallized ginger.

Whipped, The Blog
Crystallized ginger nuggets are the sparkle surprise hidden in these ginger blondies.

From the moment I first lined up my large collection of Spice Islands’ glass jars, I was titillated by the vibrant colors and textures of the various contents within. One particular jar entranced me with its possibilities – the Spice Islands® Crystallized Ginger. I left it out against my kitchen back splash with a few others that I knew would make it into my early culinary explorations.

Each day, the bottle of ginger caught my eye. With their slightly dusty finish and unique, rough shapes, the golden nuggets resemble a pile of treasure from a lucky prospector’s pay dirt. My first taste of the little gems revealed a soft texture, just enough sweetness and the aromatic flavor from the Australian ginger root.

One evening while cooking dinner, my attention was inexplicably called to the jar of ginger pieces and I knew that they must find their way into a blondie cookie bar. I pulled the necessary ingredients out of the pantry, (my favorite thing about blondies is that you almost always have ingredients on hand), and made my first batch of Ginger Blondies.

I added a sprinkling of Spice Islands® Ground Ginger to the batter so that my precious, crystallized nuggets would feel more at home in their new surroundings. The finished bars delivered the buttery heaven of a Blondie, a touch of warmth from the Spice Islands® Ground Ginger and an occasional surprise when you discover a piece of Spice Islands® Crystallized Ginger hidden within.

Try these alongside a cup of tea or after a big meal to help quench a sweet tooth and soothe your stomach. Even if you aren’t normally a ginger lover, just one bite, you may catch the fever.

Ginger Blondies

Makes 16 2-inch squares

1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoons Spice Islands® Ground Ginger
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon Spice Islands® Pure Vanilla Extract
1/3 cup Spice Islands® Crystallized Ginger

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with heavy duty aluminum foil, making sure the foil is tucked into all corners and that there is at least 1 inch overhang around the top of the pan on all sides. Grease the foil.

In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, ground ginger and salt. Use a whisk to combine the dry ingredients thoroughly.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Remove it from the heat and with a wooden spoon, stir in the brown sugar. In a small bowl, use a fork or whisk to lightly beat the egg. Add the vanilla to the egg. Stir the egg and vanilla mixture into the butter and brown sugar mixture. Stir the dry ingredients and mix just until combined, mixing as little as possible. Stir in the crystallized ginger pieces.

Pour into the baking pan. Bake blondies for 30-35 minutes until they are just set in the center. Let the pan cool completely. Using the foil, pull the blondies out of the pan. Pull the foil back from the sides and cut into 16 squares.

Related post: Giant Ginger Snap Cookies

You've read  of  free articles. Subscribe to continue.

Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

If you’re looking for bran muffin journalism, you can subscribe to the Monitor for $15. You’ll get the Monitor Weekly magazine, the Monitor Daily email, and unlimited access to CSMonitor.com.