(KLTV) - Mama Steph's Chewy, Chunky Blondies
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
10 oz. pkg chocolate chips (I like semi-sweet)
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans
½ cup chopped dried cherries
Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Spray with cooking spray a 9×13-inch baking pan (or line with foil, and spray the foil, for easy removal.)
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy.
Add both sugars and beat for another 3 minutes, or until well incorporated.
Add the eggs one by one, beating for 1 minute after each addition, then beat in the vanilla. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the dry ingredients, mixing just until they disappear into the batter. Using a rubber spatula, stir in the chips, nuts and cherries.
Scrape the batter into the buttered pan and use the spatula to even the top as best you can.
Bake for about 40 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center of the blondies comes out clean. The blondies should pull away from the sides of the pan a little and the top should be a nice golden brown.
Transfer the pan to a rack and cool for about 15 minutes before turning the blondies out onto another rack. Invert onto a rack and cool the blondies to room temperature right side up.
Cut into 32 bars, each roughly 2-1/4 x 1-1/2 inches.