Blondes vs Brunettes - who has more fun? It's an age old question, but has anyone ever come up with a solid answer? I'm afraid I'll never be able to come up with the answer because I'm a blonde. Always have been, always will be. BUT - I could definitely try to answer that question with a totally unscientific experiment that came straight from my kitchen.
So let's ask ourselves the question again:
Who What is more fun? The Blondie or the Brownie?
As I was in the process of making the Baked Brownies I posted about earlier, I decided that it would be the perfect opportunity to compare brownies vs blondies, and see which one comes out on top. Ever since I returned from the US in March I'd had an idea to make a rich and chewy coconut blondie that would make use of my last and final coveted big bag of Coconut M&M's. If you follow me on Twitter you may have seen me tweeting my rave reviews of the Coconut M&M. They're probably my favourite M&M (aside from the peanut butter ones), and I really wish they'd bring them to the UK. The M&M's themselves are coconut flavoured chocolate and come in white, brown and green colours. Oh, and they also have cute little palm trees and beach umbrellas printed on them! Perhaps when the huge M&M World store opens up in London this summer we may have a chance of readily buying them in the UK. Until then you can get them in specialty stores that sell American candy, as well as online here via Amazon UK.
I combined the Coconut M&M's together with toasted coconut and white chocolate chips to create a deliciously sweet and chewy blondie that definitely put a challenge to it's rival brownie.
So, who won the battle? Well, although they were both absolutely delicious I knew going in that the blondies had a slight edge over the brownies when they sat side by side on our kitchen counter, and my husband couldn't stop eating the blondies. And he doesn't even like coconut!!! I brought both of them into work with me the next day and let my co-workers do the talking. It was a tough decision, but judging by the positive reviews that I received on both of them, I think that the blondies won. Perhaps it was because although the Baked Chocolate Brownies were super good, the Coconut M&M blondies were a totally different flavour experience than anyone had ever had before. Either way, whatever you choose be it blondies or brownies you're bound to have fun making - and eating these!
Coconut M&M White Chocolate Blondies
3/4 Cup (170g) Butter, softened
1 1/2 Cups (300g) Brown Sugar, firmly packed
2 Large Eggs
2 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste, (vanilla extract will work as well)
1 1/2 Cups (188g) Flour
1 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1 Cup Toasted Coconut
1 Cup Coconut M&M's, plus 1/3 Cup for sprinkling on top
1/2 Cup White Chocolate Chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 13x9 (roughly 33cm x 23cm) baking pan , or spray with cooking spray. (I prefer to line my pan with greased parchment paper so I can lift the whole tray of brownies out and cut them. It's so much easier than trying to cut them in the pan!)
2. In a small bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt together and set aside. In a large bowl combine the butter and brown sugar, and beat until light and fluffy. Next add in the eggs one at a time, beating well before adding the next one to ensure they don't curdle with the butter mixture. Mix in the vanilla.
3. Fold in the flour mixture to the butter mixture until just combined. Next, fold in the coconut, M&M's and white chocolate chips until combined throughout. Spread evenly into your prepared baking pan and bake in the middle of the oven for 30 - 40 mins, or until a toothpick comes out with a few crumbs on it. Cool the brownies on a rack completely before cutting. *Just like the Baked Brownies, I had to cook my blondies for slightly longer (closer to 40 minutes) because my pan was a tad smaller than a standard 13x9 pan. If you lined your pan with greased parchment paper like I did, let the brownies cool in the pan for about 15 minutes before lifting them out onto a cooling rack.
So, what do you think? Who has more fun? Blondes or Brunettes? I'll let you decide!