Legally Blondies + How to make Caramelized White Chocolate

Legally Blondies: Valhrona Dulcey blonde chocolate, pecan, and caramelized white chocolate.  // Glazed & Confused

It's true, blondes definitely have more fun. 

The past two years have been all about blonde everything. In fact, I'm pretty sure we can dub 2012 the Year of the Blondes. That year, Starbucks introduced their first ever Blonde Roast coffee, Miley Cyrus pretty much broke the internet after chopping all of her hair off and debuting her now-iconic blonde pixie cut, and most importantly, Valrhona released their Blond Dulcey chocolate bar, the first ever blond chocolate to exist on the chocolate market. Well, Miley is pretty important too. (We kinda have the same hair.) 

Valrhona Dulcey blond chocolate  // Glazed & Confused
Legally Blondies: Valhrona Dulcey blonde chocolate, pecan, and caramelized white chocolate.  // Glazed & Confused

I was first introduced to Valrhona Dulcey in the form of a blonde chocolate molten cake I had last summer at Restaurant R'Evolution here in New Orleans. I'm a huge white chocolate boy, so blonde chocolate seemed like the natural next step. One bite in and I was in love. 

Dulcey was created by Frédéric Bau, executive chef at Valrhona's École du Grand Chocolat on complete accident. After melting white chocolate down in a bain maire for an upcoming demonstration, he left the remaining unused melted chocolate on the stovetop. After about 10 hours, he returned to discover that his white chocolate had caramelized into a deep caramel color and tasted like toasty shortbread. Pretty genius, right? In 2012, Valrhona released Dulcey, the first ever blond chocolate, by producing what Bau had accidentally made on a larger scale. 

Legally Blondies: Valhrona Dulcey blonde chocolate, pecan, and caramelized white chocolate.  // Glazed & Confused

You know when you're looking at a menu, and you see that one ingredient. You know, the one that you just have to order just because it's used in some capacity in whatever dish and you're downright obsessed with it? That's blonde chocolate for me. 

I'd love to hear what ingredient you're obsessed with! Let me know in the comments below. 

Legally Blondies: Valhrona Dulcey blonde chocolate, pecan, and caramelized white chocolate.  // Glazed & Confused

Legally Blondies are just that — blondies in their truest form. No more bleach blondies, no more dirty blondies, it's all about the real deal. These perfect blondies are adapted from the famed Cook's Illustrated recipe and are full of toasted pecans and you guessed it, blonde chocolate. Seriously, these are the best. I'm in brown sugar heaven right now. 

There's just one dilemma: Dulcey is virtually impossible to find in America (I've only seen it available for consumer purchase in New York) and it's pretty damn expensive. An 8.8 oz. baking bar will run you back $12.99 before shipping, and a bigger bag of Dulcey baking feves are about double. So instead of teasing you with these amazing blondies, I'm giving you a tutorial on how to make caramelized white chocolate at home! 40 minutes of roasting in the oven (with a lot of stirring every 5 minutes) will leave you with a chocolate comparable in taste with Dulcey. So easy. 

How to make Caramelized White Chocolate // Glazed & Confused

Caramelized White Chocolate

  • 16 oz. high-quality white chocolate, chopped 

Preheat oven to 266° F. Scatter white chocolate pieces onto a baking pan.* Bake the chocolate for 40 minutes, removing from the oven every 5 minutes to stir. (After about 30 minutes, the chocolate will caramelize and gradually turn amber.) Remove from oven and place into a bowl. At this stage, your chocolate might be lumpy and pretty gross looking. Don't worry! Stir vigorously until a liquid resembling melted chocolate forms. Pour into a glass jar and store at room temperature. 

* Baker's Note: I used a 9x13 metal baking pan without parchment, but any rimmed baking sheet will do. 

Valhrona Dulcey Blondies

  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • large eggs
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 ounces chopped Valhrona Dulcey blond chocolate or homemade caramelized white chocolate* (See Note)
  • cup pecans, toasted (optional, but well worth it) 

Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a 9x13 baking sheet with parchment. 

In a medium bowl, mix together the melted butter and sugar until thoroughly combined. Stir in eggs and vanilla extract. Sift in the flour, salt, and baking powder and mix until just combined. Do not overmix. Fold in pecans and chocolate pieces.* 

Pour mixture into prepared pan. Bake until set, about 22 - 25 minutes. Cool to room temperature. Cut cooled blondies into squares and serve (with ice cream!). 

* Bakers Note: If using the Dulcey chocolate, fold into the batter with pecans, as per the directions. If using homemade caramelized white chocolate, swirl chocolate through the batter before baking. 


Green Tea White Chocolate Brownies


I've said it before and I'll say it again: I love holidays. Even better when you can celebrate a holiday with special food. For this St. Patrick's Day, I decided to take a less traditional route. I initially tried to bake something chock-full of Lucky Charms marshmallows, but that didn't really go as planned. Bummer. So instead, I made a trip to the local Asian market and purchased some matcha green tea powder. Anything green is festive enough in my eyes — right? 


I have been itching to experiment with Green Tea White Chocolate Brownies for weeks now. Even as I was mixing the batter, I was weary of how they wold turn out. No worries, though — these were AMAZING. (Yes, all-caps and bold amazing)

These brownies are fudgy, yet totally refreshing. I'll admit, the first bite is kind of strange, not totally what I was expecting. One more bite — damn I can get into that. The chunks of white chocolate are a perfectly rich compliment to the light matcha flavor. Get into it. 

Everybody that tried these was in love. I'm not exaggerating, I was actually apprehensive of sharing the recipe I concocted. Consider this a present. :) 

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Green Tea White Chocolate Brownies 

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter
  • 4 ounces quality white chocolate 
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons matcha powder
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chunks 

Preheat oven to 325 F. Grease and flour an 8x8 baking dish. 

Over a double broiler, melt butter and white chocolate and whisk until combined. Mix in sugar and matcha powder. Add the eggs and vanilla. Whisk in the flour until just combined. Fold in white chocolate chunks and pour into prepared pan. 

Bake for 45-50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the brownies comes out clean. Cool and dust with confectioners' sugar.