2nd chance blondies


I tend to blog about recipes from old, rare, and out-of-print cookbooks. You know what I mean — those books on your shelf that are so dog-eared, stained, and worn-out that the pages just fall out of them if you’re not careful. I have a bunch of books like that, and then when someone posts a comment asking about the book, the best I can do is send them on a wild goose chase, or maybe to a specialty shop like Kitchen Arts & Letters. One book like that in my kitchen is Sally Sampson’s The Bake Sale Cookbook, a go-to favorite. That’s where this amazing white chocolate chip blondie recipe comes from.


I’m happy to report that the recipe will be coming back to life this fall in a book being published in partnership with a great charity called Cookies for Kids Cancer, which has raised millions of dollars for pediatric cancer research through bake sales held all over the country. Even though the book won’t be out for a while, it’s on Amazon now if you want to read a little bit more about it and the cause. I’ll definitely be talking more about this book in months to come, but in the meanwhile, watch out for a big bake sale push they’re organizing for May — 700 sales in all. Glad is matching up to $225,000 in funds raised, so that’s an even better reason to do what you can to support this incredible organization.

21 thoughts on “2nd chance blondies

  1. Nicely done, Justin. Taking the bake sale to a whole new level. I’ll look forward to cooking from it, and will be happy to help in any way I can.

  2. Alright looking over your blog, you pretty much rock. I wish I could get involved with things like Cookies for Kids Cancer and writing cookbooks. How did you get into all these things? And I’ve always want to do a bake sale, but never really had the chance. So you are my new informant on what’s up in the baking world around me. Btw, the 2nd chance blondies look awesome.

    1. Hey, thanks for your sweet comment. About the charity, that’s the great thing — they have events now in 49 states! It’s a great cause, so I’d encourage anyone to get involved with it. Their cookbook comes out this Fall. As for working on cookbooks, well, it’s my job. I definitely love what I do.

    1. Yes, it’s a great cause. Their site talks about ways to start your own bakesales, and I bet you can also connect with existing sales since they’re held all over the country. But you now how to reach me, if you want to keep in touch as the book release gets closer.

      1. Whoops. Hit send too soon! Great American Bake Sale with Share Our Strength in May, too bad the timing didnt coincide!

  3. Have to admit, those do look good–and I’m usually of the opinion that blondies can’t possibly match brownies. BTW, just a guess, but it appears you have a sweet tooth! 🙂

  4. If there’s one thing I will never doubt is how great a recipe is after it’s been through a successful bake sale! I’ve never been to a bake sale before (apparently Singapore isn’t big on stuff like that) but if it’s flying off the table, it’s gotta be something good. I love the look of them. They’re blonde, as blondies are meant to be and not a trying-to-be brownie but isn’t. 🙂

  5. These blondies look like a must make! I normally always bring this sort of stuff into work so lessen the temptation at home but I’m not sure I will want to let these go.

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