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Chocolate Chunk Olive Oil Blondies

Get ready to excite your taste buds with the irresistible combination of semi-sweet chocolate and olive oil in these delectable, and equally outrageous, chocolate chunk olive oil blondies. Yes, you read that correctly, olive oil is the star ingredient, and it does not disappoint. But stepping back a bit, let’s briefly discuss blondies in general, and how they differ from their ultra-famous brownie cousins. Afterward, we’ll delve into the sweet nuances and explore the wonders of baking with olive oil.

chocolate chunk olive oil blondies

Blondies

Blondies are often referred to as the vanilla counterpart to brownies. While brownies are rich, fudgy, and chocolatey, blondies showcase a buttery, caramel-like flavor profile with a soft and chewy texture. They provide the perfect canvas to highlight other flavors, such as the delightful addition of chocolate chunks as in this recipe. Blondies will forever hold a special place in my heart. As a natural toe-head, my four-year-old self secretly thought blondies were special treats only for those who had blonde hair. My natural brunette sister was quick to squash that theory early on, but my connection remained strong throughout the years.

chocolate chunk olive oil blondies

Baking with Olive Oil

Using olive oil as an alternative to traditional baking fats like butter brings a unique twist to the beloved blondie. Olive oil lends a subtle fruitiness, a moist texture, and a lightness to the finished product that will surprise you. It is also a healthier choice, with its monounsaturated fats and antioxidants, and it adds a special depth of flavor that perfectly complements the sweetness of the blondie base.

chocolate chunk olive oil blondies

Choosing an EVOO

When selecting olive oil for baking, it’s important to understand the main difference between regular olive oil and Extra Virgin olive oil (EVOO). Extra Virgin olive oil is the highest quality, extracted from the first pressing of olives, and has a more pronounced flavor. Regular olive oil, on the other hand, has a milder taste and can be a suitable option when you want a more subtle olive oil presence in your baked goods.

chocolate chunk olive oil blondies

Using a good quality EVOO, in this recipe is crucial as it greatly impacts the taste of your final creation. Look for oils with a fresh and fruity aroma, as they will enhance the overall flavor profile of your blondies. My favorite EVVO for this recipe is Corto Extra Virgin olive oil.

So, blonde, or not, take a culinary adventure and bake a batch of these chocolate chunk olive oil blondies. Immerse yourself in the sweet, buttery bliss of blondies, uplifted by the harmonious marriage of chocolate and the unique flavors of olive oil, which trust me, you truly won’t regret.

chocolate chunk olive oil blondies

About the Author

Andrea Potischman

I am a professionally trained NYC chef turned CA mom and food blogger. I post about real food, with doable ingredient lists that are family friendly.

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