Murray’s Blondies with Chocolate Chips and Nuts

Blondies by Esimpraim
Need a fabulous homemade treat for friends to nosh or dinner guests? Blondies take minutes to prepare.
Makes 16 2-inch squares for bite sized or 1 dozen bars


  • 3/4 cup light or dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 3 ounces…

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