Friday, May 15, 2015

Birthday Oreo Blondies


These are definitely birthday blondies. I made them three times in two months, for three different birthdays. Of course, the first two times we ate them all/gave them to the birthday honoree before I remembered to take a picture. In fact, this picture is of the last few in the pan. They are just so good, we gobbled them down before I had the time/sunny skies to grab the camera. Clearly. The blondie itself is perfect--sturdy with the right amount of crunchy edge and enough softness on the interior to gently break. But the real fabulousness is in the flavor--a little hint of birthday cake with sprinkles, white chocolate chips and big fat chunks of golden birthday cake flavor cream filled Oreos. Clearly these were made for a party and I hope the three birthday girls (Rachel, Lisa and Lisa) loved them.

These blondies were inspired by a recipe I saw on I Wash You Dry. I didn't actually follow Shawn's recipe because it only made enough for an 8 x 8 pan. And I knew I wanted more. But instead of just doubling up the recipe, I opted to adapt the a blondie recipe I've done before from Food Network Magazine's 50 Brownies booklet from the March 2012 issue. And the tweaking began. The thing with making this particular version several times also means I had a chance to perfect the recipe. Not that it needed a ton of tweaks, but each time I thought, "ooh, what if I did..." Even in the end, my ingredient photo doesn't match what I ultimately added to the recipe because as I was about to add the flour, for example, I decided to swap some of it for yellow cake mix. Clearly, you could swap out the golden Oreos for the chocolate counterpart. And instead of white chocolate chips, use semi-sweet. Or milk chocolate. In the end, all the matters are sprinkles and the desire to keep shoving these in your face. Make them for your next birthday get together or three.

Birthday Oreo Blondies


Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
2 Tablespoons bourbon (optional but encouraged)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract or Princess Cake & Cookie emulsion
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
12 Birthday Cake Golden Oreos, chopped
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/4 rainbow sprinkles
1 cup flour
1/2 cup yellow cake mix (not pictured)

In a large bowl, whisk together butter and brown sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, and whisk to combine. Whisk in bourbon, if using, and vanilla extract or emulsion.


Stir in baking powder and salt. Then add chopped cookies, white chocolate chips and sprinkles.



Gently stir in flour and cake mix until just combined.


Lightly grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Transfer batter to pan and press to an evenly layer fully in the pan.


Bake at 325 degrees F for 40-45 minutes or until edges are set, top is golden and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.


Remove from oven and cool on wire rack before cutting into bars and serving.

Makes 24 bars.

Happy Baking,
The Cookie Princess

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