Gingerbread White Chocolate Blondies

from melskitchencafe.com

*makes about 24 bars (depending on how you cut them)

2 ¾ cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 ¼ teaspoons baking soda

1 ¼ teaspoons salt

1 ¼ teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

1 ¼ cups (2 ½ sticks) butter, room temperature

1 ¼ cups packed light brown sugar

½ cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk

1 ¼ teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1/3 cup unsulfured molasses

1 ¾ cups white chocolate chips

Nonstick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 13×9 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside (I lined my pan with aluminum foil and then sprayed the aluminum foil with cooking spray).

Whisk together flour, soda, salt, and spices in a bowl.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or with a hand mixer), beat butter and sugars on medium-high speed until creamy and pale, about 3 minutes. Add eggs and yolk one at a time, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Add vanilla and molasses and mix on medium speed until combined.

Add flour mixture on low speed until combined. Stir in white chocolate.

Spread batter evenly into prepared pan and bake until golden around edges and toothpick comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Let cool completely in pan; cut into 24 squares. Blondies can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature up to 1 week.

**Update** I’ve had a few questions about these brownies “falling” after baking. They do fall in the middle and that is ok. I actually trimmed off the sides of the brownies (since they were ragged and a lot higher than the middle of the brownie) and saved them for my husband to eat. Then I cut up the uniform middle section of brownie into squares. Both parts taste great, the edges just don’t look as pretty.