Chocolate Strawberry Blondie Bites

 

Chocolate Strawberry Blondie BitesMany years ago, during a conversation with my uncle, he gave me a huge compliment. He said that I was just like my mother. Though there are moments when I look in the mirror or behave oddly and observe with dismay that I am turning into my mother, my mom has been a wonderful role model as I navigate life and the challenges of motherhood. She is a nonjudgmental listener and unfailingly supports her children and grandchildren. No matter what craziness I share, she has my back. I am very lucky. I hope I provide the same unconditional love and support to my kids.

Chocolate Strawberry Blondie Bites

I am very excited that my mom will be in St Louis with us for Mother’s Day this year. She is really visiting for my daughter’s birthday on May 9th, but I plan to squeeze in as much celebrating as possible while she is here. Living 800 miles and numerous states apart, we don’t get to spend nearly enough time together. Even if we don’t do much more than cook a bit and shop a bit, it will be good to do it together.

Chocolate Strawberry Blondie Bites

As a mom, time spent with my kids is precious, especially now that they are grown. I can’t even imagine how hard it must be for deployed military moms and their children. Every day thousands of military moms sacrifice time with their families in order to do their jobs and serve their country. Holidays spent apart must be particularly difficult.

Chocolate Strawberry Blondie BitesMother’s Day is a day set aside to celebrate and honor the mom(s) in our lives. It can also be an opportunity to honor and thank military mothers, those who serve in the armed forces and those whose children are service members. Their strength of spirit deserves acknowledgement.

Chocolate Strawberry Blondie BitesChocolate Strawberry Blondie BitesI baked these Chocolate Strawberry Blondie Bites with Mother’s Day in mind. Sprinkled with confectioners sugar or topped with chocolate, chewy strawberry blondies studded with chocolate chips are packed with chocolate covered strawberry flavor. They are like chocolate covered strawberries you can mail. Desert safe recipe adaptations make Chocolate Strawberry Blondie Bites an excellent military care package surprise. Whether your mom is nearby or far away, these sweet morsels are sure to make her day special!

Chocolate Strawberry Blondie BitesChocolate Strawberry Blondie BitesA few baking notes: The blondie bites bake well and have good taste and texture with either butter or Crisco. If you are sending the blondie bites in extreme desert temperatures, Crisco is recommended for avoiding spoilage. Otherwise, I prefer using butter for creamy flavor and longer lasting chewiness. For the chocolate topping, I used Chocoley.com Molding Formula. It spread smoothly and the slightly thicker formula gave me the slightly thicker chocolate topping I was going for. Chocoley.com Drizzle and Design’s thinner formula easily drizzled in thin lines and squiggles. For hot weather care packages, powdered sugar topping is recommended instead.

Chocolate Strawberry Blondie BitesChocolate Strawberry Blondie Bites
Adapted from Ghirardelli

(Printable recipe)

Makes 36 blondie bites

Ingredients:

8 ounces (2 baking bars) white chocolate, broken into chunks

½ cup unsalted butter or vegetable shortening***

2 large eggs, room temperature

1/3 cup granulated sugar

3 tablespoons strawberry jello powder

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon salt

½ cup mini chocolate chips

Topping ingredients: ***

1 cup melting chocolate (Chocoley.com Extra Dark Candy and Molding Formula)

½ cup white chocolate (Chocoley.com Drizzle and Design White Chocolate)

1 drop pink or red food coloring gel

-or-

¼ cup confectioners sugar

***Desert safe adaptations: For desert safe baking use vegetable shortening and dust blondie bites with powdered sugar instead of using chocolate decorative topping.
Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Butter or spray cooking oil into 3 mini muffin pans.
    Place white chocolate and butter/shortening in medium sized microwave safe bowl. Heat in microwave 1 minute at medium power. Stir. If not completely melted, return to microwave for 10 second intervals, stirring between heating, until completely melted and combined.
  • In bowl of electric mixer, beat eggs until foamy (about 3 minutes).
  • Mix in sugar, jello powder, vanilla, and melted chocolate.
  • Add flour and salt and stir until incorporated.
  • Stir in mini chocolate chips.
  • Scoop 2 tablespoons of batter for each mini muffin into prepared pans.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. If mailing internationally, undercook by about 1 minute. (The extra moisture from undercooking will help keep the blondies soft while shipping.)
  • Cool for 5 minutes in pan. Loosen the edges of the blondie bites with the tip of a knife if necessary, then remove from pan to complete cooling on a wire rack. If the blondies don’t hold together allow another few minutes of cooling. Do not let the blondies cool completely in the pan or they will stick.
  • Once the blondie bites have cooled completely they can be sprinkled with powdered sugar or decorated with melted chocolate. To decorate with chocolate, melt the dark chocolate and, using a knife or spoon, spread onto each blondie bite. Refrigerate for 5-10 minutes until set and firm. Melt the white chocolate Drizzle and Design in the microwave at medium power for 30 seconds. Stir until completely melted and smooth. Add one drop of food coloring gel and mix until the chocolate is uniformly pink. The pink chocolate can be drizzled onto the brownie bites with a spoon or from a plastic bag with a tiny bit of a bottom corner cut off. Refrigerate 5-10 minutes again to set the chocolate drizzle.
  • Blondies bites can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container between layers of wax paper for 2 weeks.

Packing tips: Do not decorate blondie bites with chocolate topping if mailing during warm weather. Wrap pairs of blondie bites in a stack, in foil, then double wrap in plastic wrap before storing in an airtight container or zip lock bag. If mailing chocolate coated blondie bites in cool temperatures, wrap pairs of blondie bites in waxed paper before following the above packing directions.

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37 thoughts on “Chocolate Strawberry Blondie Bites

  1. Oh yay! You must be so excited for your mom’s visit! I live far away from mine too so her visits are always special!

    And these bites look just awesome … I mean strawberry and chocolate is always such a great combination. And with that pretty topping!

    • Thanks, Ashley! I am excited about my mom’s visit and I remember reading how happy you were when your mom visited not that long ago. :) My mom always says that the best part of having family all over is that you have interesting places to visit. :)

  2. Gosh these are completely gorgeous! I love the pink inside – wow! I also love the tribute to your mom. Enjoy your time together, as I know you will. My mom has been gone for 22 years. She missed so much and hardly a day goes by without thinking of her and what I would have told her. I miss sharing the ups and downs with mom. Take care and great recipe! I love everything about them.

    • Tricia, I have an idea of what kind of mom you had based on what I know about the wonderful mom you are! I too know that the ache of missing a parent never goes away. I “talk” to my dad all the time in my head, wishing he was here to see all the qualities in my kids that come directly from him. I think he would have smiled. As you so clearly described, we miss our parents and our parents miss out on sharing our lives. It stinks. Thank you for sharing the importance of embracing every moment we have with those we love!
      Thank you also for your kind words about these brownie bites!

  3. Wendy, these are so pretty and absolutely beautiful for Mother’s Day. I’m so happy for you that you have such a great mom and clearly she set a wonderful example for you to follow. I hope you guys have a terrific visit together (plus, happy birthday to your daughter)! Thanks for the reminder about the military moms. You are doing a great service in providing all the desert safe baking and packaging tips.

    • Thanks, Monica! I can’t even imagine how heart wrenching it must be to leave your children to serve in the military! Maybe I am just hormonal (likely) but it makes my eyes tear up just thinking about it! I am not sure how many people follow the desert safe baking recommendations…it sure is easier to ignore them…but I am trying to show that it is possible to send yummy treats and minimize the spoilage risks.
      I hope your Mother’s Day is full of hugs and smiles!

  4. oh i’m so excited your mom gets to come visit for mother’s day! I agree: the best compliment anyone can give me is that i’m like my mother, also, although i do feel like i haven’t quite lived up to that in all aspects of life yet. :) i hope you have an absolutely wonderful time celebrating mother’s day and your daughter’s birthday with her: how special.
    and these blondies…SO PINK! and adorable: your drizzle is really fantastic, and i bet they’re delicious.

    • Thanks, Shannon! I am sure your mom and the wee one would both agree that you are quite accomplished in creative and loving mommyhood! Not everyone has moms they want to live up to. I think we (and wee one) are quite lucky! :)

    • Thanks, Lindsey! Moms are important people where ever they (or we) might be! :) I came to St. Louis years ago for college and have lived here (Creve Coeur) most of my life. Both of my adult kids were born here. My daughter returned after she finished college, not so sure what my son will chose to do when he finishes college in Chicago. :) I hope you have a great time with your parents this weekend! The weather is supposed to be sunny, warm and gorgeous! Ted Drewes weather. :)

  5. It is so nice that you get to spend some times with mom this Mother’s Day. I love the idea of baking with mom. I don’t think I have ever done that. My parents live in the other side of the world. I only get to see them at the most once a year, but we talk on the phone at least twice a week. :)
    These strawberry blondie bites look really tasty, especially they are chocolate covered! Awesome!

    • Thanks, Lokness! I hope it does work out and that my mom feels well enough to travel. When we were all younger, I traveled to my parents several times a year and my parents traveled to see us several times a year. Now that I am the one doing most of the traveling, I don’t get to spend nearly enough time with my mom. I have several friends whose families live in other countries. The distance and travel expense makes seeing their families difficult. I know you must miss being able to easily see your family. Thank goodness for Skype!

      • Thank you! My parents are still young. They are traveling a lot to see the world. I think they are glad my sister and I aren’t home, so they can travel. :D
        But yea, thanks to fast internet and all the new tech stuffs. If it is 15 years ago, communicating will be a lot harder and much more expensive.

  6. Pretty in pink and the perfect Mother’s Day treats! I could plow through a whole bunch of these right about now – with the tea I’m sipping on. Have a great time with your Mom and a happy weekend! :-)

    • Thanks, Reeni! Chocolate covered strawberries and breakfast in bed define Mother’s Day for me. I hope these chocolaty strawberry blondies enable someone to share those flavors with a mom far away! :)

  7. Aw, this is such a sweet post! I love that you’ve honored your mom in this way. And those blondies sound wonderful! Love your photography too. Hope you have a very happy Mother’s Day!

    • Thanks for the kind words, Allie! Mom relationships are special. :) My photography is certainly a work in progress. Lighting is always my biggest challenge. Your photos are always so crisp, food focused, and mouth watering! I hope to be able to do that some day! :)

  8. These look so chewy, and delish! And that’s great that you get to celebrate Mothers Day with your mom! :) I also live several states away from my own mom, so I know how you feel! Enjoy your time!

    • Thanks, Jocelyn! As parents get older and as grandkids get older (with lives and plans of their own) it gets harder and harder to live far apart and arrange together-time. I have always traveled as often as possible because I think that connection is so important!

  9. Oh. My. Godness. This is absolutely awesome. I can’t believe how amazing you are and how you always manage to make my mouth watering. It’s 10 pm here and I just want to grab one of this amazing blondie bites. I must try it ! They’re awesome. Thanks for sharing such amazing recipes !

    • Thanks, Sarah! American cookies are meant to be nibbled on at all hours of the day and night. 10 pm is no problem! :) Thanks for the enthusiasm. You always make me smile. :)

    • Thanks, Becca! I think strawberry with chocolate is a natural. Though the blondie is strawberry, there is definitely plenty of chocolate with both the chips and the topping!

  10. White chocolate AND strawberry! These sound fantastic. I am also passing along a link to “the Church ladies” who host a mother/daughter high tea at our church every summer. They are so pretty and would make a great addition to the dessert trays!

    • Thanks, Lolly! I feel like photography is the greatest challenge in food blogging. We eat with our eyes first so the photos have to be as appealing as the food! I have a lot to learn, so I really appreciate the encouragement!

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