White Chocolate Obsession
Today is my birthday so I’m treating myself to a few decadent splurges starting with these spiced up white chocolate brownies. I have a major weakness for white chocolate, especially when it’s spiced up with cinnamon, nuts or even better, peanut butter. White chocolate isn’t really chocolate at all because it doesn’t contain actual cocoa, just cocoa butter. But that doesn’t mean white chocolate isn’t just as delicious and totally addictive as real chocolate. The lack of cocoa actually makes white chocolate that much more wine friendly. So being the wine lover that I am, you can see why I’m absolutely crazy for it! Earlier this week my sweet husband surprised me with a vast assortment of French cheeses from Star Provisions and an impressive lineup of Southern Rhônes and left bank Bordeaux to match. And this morning he surprised me with my favorite red velvet cake from Athens, Georgia. It has truly been a day of decadence! And these easy to make, melt in your mouth blondies spiced up with teeny tiny chips exploding with the flavors of fall is the perfectly sweet ending that will instantly bring a smile to anyone’s face.
Fall Flavored Chips
Have you tasted the latest Toll House chip creation inspired by the delicious flavors of fall? It’s like creamy pumpkin pie in a tiny little morsel. These decadent white chocolate brownies are to-die-for all on their own so just imagine the flavor explosion when you spice them up with these tiny fall-flavored chips! I crave blondies year round though, so you better believe I also make these with butterscotch chips, more white chocolate and even heart-healthy dark chocolate. Surprisingly, I haven’t tried these with mint chips which happen to be my husband’s favorite. Something tells me it would be really good though. The great thing about this recipe besides it’s delicious simplicity, is that you can make it your own with your favorite flavored chips!
Suggested Wine Pairings
I typically pair foods with wines of similar body, but when it comes to dessert, particularly chocolates, it’s often safer to pair along the rule of opposites. These incredibly rich blondies would most likely overpower your palate with sweetness overload if you were to pair them with an incredibly rich dessert wine. Instead, look for one that is lighter and more refreshing to help cleanse your palate between blondies, I mean bites! Look for a refreshingly light Orange Muscat or a sparkly Moscato d’Asti for a match made in white chocolate heaven. If you prefer red dessert wines, reach for a Port or French Banyuls. These velvety wines are typically not overly sweet and would harmonize perfectly with a decadent chocolate treat.