These bars have become an office favorite -- they are naughty but OH SO NICE!
I used white chocolate chips for the recipe and melted the butter and chips in the microwave at 40% power for about 4 minutes. I had to use the mixer to combine the chips and butter and it immediately turned into a creamy ganache. Because we are true white chocolate lovers, I used the rest of the white chips in the batter istead of the semi sweet chips. This is the best blonde brownie recipe I have tried! - 20 Jun 2003 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Yum! It's like a super moist, dense, rich chocolate chip cookie in a bar. In a pinch, I used Toll House White Chocolate chips (yes, the one from the store) and honestly folks, it turned out just as good. I did follow the advice of one post and microwaved the chips and butter in a glass bowl at 40% power - around 4 1/2 min. I whisked it half way through. I've also used quality white chocolate chunks and I really couldn't tell a difference, other than the fact that it was easier to melt due to a higher fat content. Either way, it was the same taste and goodness. 25 min. bake time was also right on. I used a ceramic baking dish, (i.e., 2 1/2 quart square casserole dish), so the edges and bottom didn't burn. Don't use a dark pan for this, or else these will get too brown. I suggest porcelain or glass dish. - 08 May 2007 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I agree with others who thought the texture on these was "off," almost "doughy," or "like an undercooked chocolate chip cookie." But that's completely understandable, given that there's half a pound of white chocolate alone in this small pan! (Not to mention the cup of chocolate chips!) And those who tried to compensate by overbaking these to a "biscuit" are not accounting for this unavoidability. I guess I'd call it more "fudgey" rather than brownie-like. It's not the fault of the recipe I guess--but it really didn't appeal to me. Again, expecting these to be chewy, like a tradional blonde brownie, is almost the same as expecting fudge to be chewy. These were okay, but not worth a repeat. Who wants something to be just okay when you're using 8 ozs. of quality chocolate? (Not to mention the chocolate chips...) Update: Hubby REALLY liked these, and he said his staff did as well. Guess I need to upgrade these from three to four stars! - 19 Feb 2008 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)