Thursday, September 29, 2011

Blondies


Last spring I had a weekly meeting with a particular group.  Nearly every week I would bring in a different treat to share with the group.  In fact, the one week I didn't have time to bake anything, I was shocked at the level of disappointment in the room.  I will meet with that same group on a weekly basis again this spring, but since a few members of the group have changed and there will be changes to what we accomplish in the spring, we had a planning meeting this fall.  I arrived to the meeting room early a couple weeks ago, placed a container of these blondies by the coffee and sodas and started setting up for the meeting.  A few moments later, one of the group members came in and the first thing he said was, "Where are your baked goods?"  I'm so glad I decided to keep the tradition going!

These are a very easy, very fast and very tasty treat.  It's a simple recipe but delivers a sweet, soft, cookie-like bar.  And the recipe is super-versatile. You can throw in whatever mix-ins you have on hand.  I used mini-chocolate chips, but M&Ms, nuts, white chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, dried fruit, just about anything will work with this recipe as a base.  As I struggled with what to make for the meeting, Beantown Baker rescued me with this recipe, since I already had all the ingredients.  Plus they were so easy--only one bowl, no mixer needed!  Whip these up the next time you need a last minute dessert--you'll have everything you need and no one needs to know this deliciousness was created at a moment's notice.



Blondies


Ingredients

6 Tablespoons butter
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (or up to a cup mix-ins of your choice)

In a large microwave safe bowl, melt butter and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Add brown sugar and beat until smooth.  Add egg, then vanilla, beating constantly to temper, until incorporated. 



Add flour, salt, and baking powder and stir until combined.  Stir in mini chocolate chips or mix-ins of your choice.


Turn batter into a  greased 9 x 13 inch pan.


Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes,or until middle is set and edges are lightly browned.  Allow to cool completely and cut into bars.



Makes 24 bars.

Happy Baking,
The Cookie Princess

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