Compost Blondies

January 13, 2014 , In: Sweet Stuff , With: 2 Comments

w finalAt the end of your holiday baking/year you may end up with all sorts of odds and ends like me.  I had all sorts of little bags of baking bits sitting in my ‘baking basket’ in my cupboard.  These wouldn’t be enough for a recipe in itself, but I hate throwing stuff out.

White ChocolateStuff like white chocolate wafers, a few walnuts, and umm… mini peanut butter cups?

w mixI wasn’t quite sure what to do with these bits and bobs, but last minute I had to bring a dessert to a friends for dinner and I knew I didn’t want to venture out into the FREEZING cold to get any ingredients.  Plus, I wanted something super simple, quick and packable.  And it had to be with what I had on hand.

w bowlI know brownies are one of the easiest things to make, and the idea of a recipe where I could just throw in all those odd ends was perfect.  Et voila – Compost Blondie Brownies.

w panThis recipe is from a Chatelaine recipe which appeared in their magazine in November 2009 (yes – I rip out stuff I like and see – I use it too!)  I took their basic blondie recipe, saw that they had 1 1/2 cups of stuff in it and improvised.

It turned out great!  Not too sweet, and it used up all those odd bits.  It will pack well, and was a snap to whip up.  The only thing I’d say is that the mixture was surprisingly thick to get in the pan (a first for me and brownies).  It plopped in like a big ball and I had to try and smear it flat (see my attempt above).  It all evened out in the oven though.

w cookedIf you want an easy, not too sweet recipe and you want to use up odd stuff try this one out.  As mentioned, I used walnuts, chopped white chocolate wafers and the mini peanut butter cups but you could use anything – toffee bits, chocolate chips, pecans, cranberries, even candied pineapple (one of Chatelaine’s suggestions) although I would suggest an all pineapple brownie might be a bit odd…  Who knows though!

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Compost Blondie Brownies
Recipe type: Bar
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An easy blondie brownie recipe that uses up odd bits in your cupboard.
  • 114g unsalted butter, softened plus extra for tin
  • 200g sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 170g flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups filler such as a combination of chopped chocolate, nuts or candied fruit
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Grease 8"/20cm square tin with extra butter
  3. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 1 minute)
  4. Add eggs, beat and make sure everything is well mixed
  5. Add flour and salt mix until just combined.
  6. With a spoon stir in filler
  7. Pour into greased tin and then try and smooth it out
  8. Bake 30-35 minutes
  9. Let cool on rack.
  10. While still warm cut into squares.








  1. Reply

    “I know brownies are one of the easiest things to make […]”

    I must be doing something wrong because every time I make brownies, they turn out dry or they don’t quite set!

    Although I’m not a white-chocolate person, these look yummy… especially at 3PM on a Monday afternoon. 😛

      • Michelle
      • January 13, 2014

      Really – that’s really too bad! Maybe try cooking them not so long? If they are drying out they might fall apart as well. Boo – sorry!

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