Drunken Blondies
Serves 12 to 18 bars
  • For the crust
  • 3 cups vanilla wafer cookies
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • For the filling
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon fleur de sel
  • 2 tablespoon Dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cacao nibs
  • 1 teaspoon fleur de sel, to sprinkle
  1. To make the crust:
  2. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Butter a parchment paper sheet. With butter-side up, line a 9"x 13" baking pan. Using a food processor, pulse the wafer to fine crumbs. Add the butter and sugar, until well combined and resemble the consistency of wet sand. Spread evenly on the bottom of the prepared pan, using your finger to push down, form a crust. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and set aside on a wire rack.
  3. To make the filling:
  4. Lower the oven temperature to 350°F. Meanwhile, melt the butter over low heat in a small saucepan. Cook until its foam subsides, and the butter turns light brown, approximately 5 minutes and set aside.
  5. In a small mixing bowl, combine flour, fleur de sel and cocoa powder. Set aside.
  6. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, beat the bananas together with bourbon, eggs, vanilla and sugar. Add the brown butter in and mix until well combined. Fold in the flour mixture and toasted chopped walnuts.
  7. To put it together:
  8. Onto the crust, pour the filling over and spread evenly. Then, sprinkle the cacao nibs and fleur de sel. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until a cake tester inserted comes out clean. Let cool on the pan sitting on a wire rack.
  9. To serve, invert the pan on a cutting board large enough to hold the blondies. Peel away the parchment paper (if it's not automatically released,) and discard. Cut into squares. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe by Flavor and Friends at http://flavorandfriends.com/drunken-blondies/