chai spiced cinnamon chip blondies

I’d like to think I’m a pretty normal 24 year old girl.  I go to school.  I have some hobbies.  I like to go out with my friends.  I think puppies are cute.  I drink too much wine on occasion.  I like to cuddle.  I overuse “lol” and “omg” on a daily basis.  Yep, pretty normal.  


But then I do some things that I’m not sure would be considered ‘normal’.  Like, does a normal 24 year old plan out her cooking schedule at the beginning of each week?  Or does your typical 24 year old like to go to Whole Foods just to walk around, drool over the bakery case, and stare at all of the bulk bins?  And here’s my biggest question: does a normal 24 year old bring her debit card with her on her morning run so she can stop at the grocery store on her way home to get baking supplies?  I’m gonna go with ‘no’ on that one.  


When I heard Hershey’s Cinnamon Chips were back on the grocery store shelves for the holidays, I just couldn’t wait to get out and buy a bag (or three).  Where there’s a will, there’s a way so I re-routed my morning run to include a stop at the nearest grocery store so I could do some weekday morning baking (again, normal?) before work.  


I wasn’t sure what to do with them, so I turned to one of my favorite desserts: blondies.  It’s no secret that I have a deep love for blondies (as clearly evidenced here: Peanut Butter M&M BlondiesWhite Chocolate Cranberry Orange BlondiesButterfinger BlondiesBrown Butter Almond Toffee Blondies), so it seemed obvious to put the two together.  


If you’ve ever wondered what chai tea would be like in the form of dessert, this is it.  The bars have that chewy, buttery texture of blondies that I absolutely love but the the spices are much more complex than the typical cinnamon spice mix.  I have the coriander and cardamom to thank for that.  The cinnamon chips add a creaminess throughout the bars and I think they would be even better with some more cinnamon chips sprinkled on top before baking.  This recipe is definitely a keeper.  I’m so glad I’m not normal.  



Chai Spiced Cinnamon Chip Blondies
makes 24 bars


2 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground cardamom

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
2 cups packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup Hershey’s Cinnamon Chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line 9×13″ pan with foil and/or grease pan.  

In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, coriander, and cardamom.  Set aside.  

In bowl with electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamy, about 3 minutes.  Add eggs and beat until well combined.  Add vanilla and combine.  

Add dry mixture and mix until combined.  Then, stir in cinnamon chips.  

Pour batter into prepared pan.  Bake 25-30 minutes in prepared pan.  They will be done when top is golden brown and it springs back when gently touching the surface.  Cool before cutting.  



Reminder: the first Merry Monday is coming up on December 6th!  The theme is cranberries, so join in on the fun and cook or bake something yummy with cranberries!  Please let myself or Claire know if you would like to participate by emailing us at taykad@gmail.com or claireamberson@gmail.com.  Also feel free to email us with any questions.  We can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!  

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Comments

  1. says

    Hmm, normal is beginning to sound kinda boring. Especially since it would mean that you wouldn’t have any of these incredibly gorgeous cinnamon blondies to munch on. I’ll bet normal is pretty jealous right now.

  2. says

    Haha these look amazing! I just love the cinnamon chips, I find whatever I add to them to ends up being delicious. And if it makes you feel better Im 28 and I may do some of the things you mention above and it may have been going on for quite some time. :)

    see you are normal…

  3. says

    I ask myself questions like this all the time. I bring my big reusable grocery bag to my early morning long run practices so that I can hit up the farmer’s market and Whole Foods afterward. weird? Maybe. But key to my happiness.

    These bars sound delicious! I can’t find cinnamon chips ANYWHERE so if I heard of them being sold anywhere near here, I’d be all over it.

  4. says

    Just bought a bag of cinnamon chips and I adore Chai tea. What a great combination. I will put these on my list.
    Pretty normal to me..I secretly love Whole Foods too:)
    mickey

  5. says

    Saw these on TK this morning…I just made Chai gingerbread bars and threw in cranberries and walnuts. I’m thinking I’ll make these without the cinnamon chips but with cranberries and walnuts and maybe some fresh ginger as well – i.e. combine bits of both recipes :)!

    I love cinnamon but am not fond of the flavored chips…

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