Operation Baking GALs + Blondies Bake-Off 2009
Can you believe I’ve never eaten a blondie much less baked one? I have no idea why. Blondies are like the butterscotch distant cousin of brownies. I like brownies. I like butterscotch. What’s not to love right? Again. I ask myself. How the heck did I go 30 years without making or eating a blondie?
I have no answer for you. But I do have the answer to why I decided after all these years to give it a try. For my friend April of Winer Lover’s Cooking Diary. Yes, she *IS* the chick on her blog wearing the wedding dress on the side menu bar. Damn girl can still fit into her wedding dress. Let’s all hate her for a moment. *hate hate hate*
Ok I got that out of my system. Back to my happy place.
The blondies are for her… well… more like her brother. April’s brother is serving in Iraq. That’s where April and Operation Baking GALS comes in. When she put out the “tweet” to join her team, I knew I’d join. She’s a good friend of mine. One of those friends that you’d do anything for. If she asked me to jump, I’d say “How high?” If she asked me to quit eating pizza, I’d say “Are you crazy, woman??” But she’d never ask me to do that b/c friends don’t let friends quit eating pizza. Am I right, April? HA HA!
I had a couple things in mind when I started brainstorming what I wanted to send to April’s brother. Since I am a very indecisive person (Just ask my husband when we try to figure out what restaurant to eat at) I asked April what she thought her brother would want. The following tweet is her reply.
I can’t deny. The woman speaks the truth. My 18 year old brother eats everything. Except fish. He doesn’t like food that “looks” at him while he’s chewing their innards. *cuckoo* Crazy kid!
Toodaloo lovely readers. I am off to figure out how to fill out a customs form. It can’t be “that” hard right? Famous last words.
Recipe from Cook Like A Champion
6-7 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
White Chocolate Macadamia Blondies inspired by Erin’s Food Files
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/4 cup macadamia nuts
Peanut Butter Cup Blondies inspired by Baking Blonde
10 peanut butter cups, rough chop
Snickerdoodle Blondies inspired by Two Peas and Their Pod
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp white sugar+1 tbsp cinnamon, sprinkle on top before baking
Funfetti Blondies inspired by my childhood love of Funfetti
1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles
Preheat oven to 350. Line an 8×8 pan with foil and lightly spray with PAM.
In a large microwave safe bowl, melt the butter. Let cool for 5 minutes. Combine butter and brown sugar and mix until smooth. Beat in egg and then vanilla. Add salt, stir in flour and baking powder.
Mix in additions. (See above for suggestions)
Pour into prepared pan and use a greased spatula to evenly spread mixture in pan and level the top.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until set in the middle. Cool on rack before cutting.
Hint: I’m told that saran wrap+freezing will keep blondies tasting delicious for weeks.
Husband rating: A+
Of all the variations he said the peanut butter cups were the best. No surprise from my peanut butter addict there! haha
Wifey rating: A
So.FREAKING.good. The edges are the best part! I think my favorite was the white chocolate and macadamia but the snickerdoodle was a close 2nd! Yum! The only thing is I wish they would have been thicker so maybe I’ll double the recipe or use a smaller pan for maximum volume next time.