Raspberry Almond Blondies

Moist and chewy Raspberry Almond Blondies loaded with fresh raspberries and toasted almond slices. Looking for a show stopping dessert to bring to your next summer get together? Look no further! I picked up a few pints of plump raspberries at the farmers market this past weekend. They were not on my list of things to pick up, however, I couldn’t leave without buying at least one pint. They looked too yummy! Have I mentioned how much I love going to the local farmers market? My husband Andrew and I have made the trip a part of our Saturday routine ever since we have moved in.

This past week was super hot here in central Illinois. You know the hot when you only venture outdoors in the very early morning or late at night? It has been so hot that even our dogs don’t want to go outside! With these unbearable high temperatures and heat indexes over the 113 degree mark, I have not wanted to turn on my oven. On Sunday morning I woke up to something very strange-no sun shining through our bedroom windows. Since we have moved to Peoria we have not had any rain, seriously, not even a drizzle, only cloudless skies and hot temperatures. I was beginning to think that we had moved to the desert! This all changed on Sunday morning! As I am watching the pouring rain through our kitchen windows I decided that it was the perfect time to make these incredible blondies. These blondies are super easy to make and can be thrown together in no time at all. Like brownies in shape and texture, blondies are flavored with brown sugar in place of chocolate. If you like brownies, you’ll love blondies! :D

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Raspberry Almond Blondies

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Ingredients: 

  • 9 tablespoons (1 plus 1 tablespoon sticks) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pan
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sliced almonds, toasted, divided
  • 2 ⅔ cups raspberries
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter the bottom and sides of a 8 inch metal baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up two sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. (This will make it easy to remove the bars from the pan after they have baked.) Butter the parchment.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until combined. Add flour mixture, and beat on low speed, until well incorporated. Mix 3/4 cup almonds into batter.
  4. Spread batter into the prepared baking dish; spread with a rubber spatula. Scatter berries and remaining 1/4 cup nuts over batter in pan. Bake until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out with a few crumbs but is not wet, 55 to 60 minutes.

Yields: 16 blondies

Source: Martha Stewart Cookies 

19 Responses to “Raspberry Almond Blondies”

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — July 26, 2011 @ 11:40 am

    These look amazing! I had visions of making things like this when my raspberry came in. But I think the heat ruined my plans! I might just have to go to the store and buy them, so I can try these!

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    Amy — July 26, 2011 @ 11:42 am

    These sound so good! I LOVE anything almond flavored…and raspberry goes so well with almonds. I think I’ll have to try these soon :) Thanks!

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    Erin — July 26, 2011 @ 11:45 am

    These sounds perfect!

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — July 26, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

    Loving all the raspberry ideas!

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    The Café Sucré Farine — July 26, 2011 @ 2:37 pm

    It just doesn’t get much better than this!! What a fabulous combination! I love it as I am a huge sucker for anything raspberry and blondies are just my favorite! Thanks, Chris

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    Caroline — July 26, 2011 @ 3:01 pm

    These are so colorful and look fantastic. We’re getting that heat wave over here too!

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    chicaandaluza — July 26, 2011 @ 3:25 pm

    Still jealous about the raspberries :( they look amazing!

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    happywhennothungry — July 26, 2011 @ 4:24 pm

    These look delicious!!!! I’ve never seen raspberries with blondies before. They look amazing!

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    Maris(In Good Taste) — July 26, 2011 @ 6:29 pm

    These look so amazing. Very pretty and very delicious!

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    Monica — July 26, 2011 @ 9:09 pm

    These are gorgeous and sure to be delicious. I’ll bet they’d be good with blackberries, too.

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    Sasha — July 27, 2011 @ 4:56 pm

    AMAZING!!!!!!

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    Shelby Ruttan — July 28, 2011 @ 6:10 am

    We had that same heat here…it looked like a ghost town when your looked out into the neighborhood! Your blondies look yummy and Grumpy would love them (raspberries are his FAV)

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    iamahoneybee — August 1, 2011 @ 7:55 pm

    I love the photos of these blondies.

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    Gary — August 6, 2011 @ 6:57 pm

    Made a double batch in a 9×13 pan. 75 minutes to perfect bake. Very good but more of a cake consistency than a typical, denser blondie/brownie.

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    Crystal — August 10, 2011 @ 10:31 am

    These look awesome! But what could you use in place of almonds/nuts?

    • Christina replied: — September 3rd, 2011 @ 9:35 pm

      Crystal,
      Sorry I have not answered you sooner, your comment when straight to my spam folder for some reason and I do not check it that often. If you did not want to add the almonds to these blondies you can just omit them without any issues. If you give them a try, let me know how they turn out for you! :)

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    Stronglikemycoffee — August 4, 2012 @ 5:18 pm

    These look so pretty, perfect for a tea party or coffee date :)

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