After I graduated high school I worked at Panera for four months so that I could save up some money before moving to Utah for college. My favorite thing about working there was that my boss would give the leftover blondies, and baked goods to the employees every once in a while and if you've ever had a Panera blondie, you know they're delicious.
It's crazy to think that my Panera life was over six years ago, and I haven't had a blondie since I stopped working there. Over the weekend I found this really easy and delicious recipe and knew I had to give it a try! These came out so soft and chewy, just like a real chocolate chip cookie bar. I was nervous that they were going to be cake like in the middle, but they didn't turn out like that at all. I can't say if these are a perfect match to the ones at Panera since I couldn't find a copycat recipe to compare to, but they were delicious, which is pretty much all that matters.
1/2 cup butter melted
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (reserve 1/4 cup for topping)
Preheat the oven to 350° In a medium bowl stir together the melted butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Once combined, add the salt, baking powder, and flour. Once the batter is made, fold in 1 1/4 cups of the chocolate chips, and then pour into a well greased 9x9 baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chips on top of the blondies and then bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes and then cut into bars,