These sultry Cardamom Coffee Dirty Blondies are worlds away from your standard blondie, with smokey undertones of espresso and the sensuous aroma of cardamom ~ but all that just makes them just a little more mysterious.
But don’t worry, they still have the familiar brown sugar and butter crumb of a thick, slightly under baked cookie, the melted pockets of chocolate chips, and a crackled crust with that classic golden sheen. I’m just saying these aren’t your basic bake sale blondies…they’re definitely a little more worldly, but I think you’ll agree that isn’t such a bad thing.
You already know I love the coffee plus cardamom combination. You’ve seen it in my Turkish coffee, truffles, and pound cake, but there are so many other ways to enjoy these flavors, I’m driven to keep experimenting.
There’s just something about a blondie. I love those adorable Shar Pei rumples they get along the edges of the pan. They signify a super thin crust and a rich, moist interior.
And how about the way the dark chocolate chips barely peek through the thin crust? Sheer heaven.
But the thing I probably love the most is how the chocolate oozes when you cut a piece, even after it’s cooled.
Check out my other blondie recipes here. I’ve got lots to choose from!
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 heaping Tbsp instant espresso powder
- 1 heaping Tbsp ground cardamom
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 10 oz bag bittersweet chocolate chips
- Set oven to 350F
- Cream the butter, espresso powder, cardamom and sugars together until fluffy. About 2 to 3 minutes.
- Beat the eggs in, one at a time. Then the vanilla.
- Whisk the flour, soda and salt together and then add to the eggs and butter, mixing just until combined.
- Mix in the chocolate chips.
- Spread the batter (it will be thick) into a 9x13 glass baking dish, lined with parchment (or greased).
- Bake for 30-35 minutes. Don't over bake. They'll be wrinkled a bit around the edges, and a little bit of squooshyness inside is a good thing.
- Cool before cutting. (or don't)