Wednesday, September 10, 2014

One-bowl basic blondies

Just last week, my 4-year old started pre-K. How did that happen? Since when did my sweet little girl turn into a person? It doesn't seem that long ago when she was just a cute, toothless baby. Sigh. Sometimes I miss my tiny, cuddly baby.

Imagine my joy when I found out that my friend Nicole at Prevention RD was expecting a baby girl of her own! She and her husband have already named their daughter Shea, who is expected to arrive in a few short weeks. Our sweet friend Kim at Feed Me, Seymour wanted to host an online baby shower for Shea and asked if I would contribute something for Shea and the mother-to-be.

I wasn't quite sure what to make, so I turned to Addie to ask her what Mommy should bake that day. She said that she wanted brownies, but then she altered her answer to say she wanted white brownies. I'm telling you - my daughter certainly knows her sweets. It's been a while since I've made blondies so this was a perfect choice. I asked Addie what kind of chips I should add in, and after I told her the options, she chose butterscotch.

This has been my go-to blondie recipe, and I've made it several times but haven't blogged about it until now. It's a one-bowl recipe, so you don't need to melt anything over the stove or cream anything with a mixer. The batter comes together very easily and quickly, and you can customize it with your favorite add-ins. It's a great base recipe that can be adapted to fit your tastes.

Congratulations, Nicole, on the upcoming birth of baby Shea. I hope your daughter enjoys cooking and baking with you, and I am so excited for you and your husband to become parents. Be sure to head over to Kim's blog to see what everyone else has made for this fun virtual baby shower.

One-bowl basic blondies
  • 6-7 TBSP butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1-2 to 1 cup add-ins, such as chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, chopped nuts, M&Ms, toffee pieces
Directions
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Generously grease a standard 8"x8" square baking pan and set aside. I used a silicone pan and did not grease.

In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter in the microwave. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.

Add in the brown sugar and mix well until the batter is smooth and free of lumps.

Add in the egg and vanilla and mix until smooth. Then add the salt, flour and baking powder until no flour streaks remain. Gently fold in whatever add-ins you want to use.

Transfer the batter to your prepared baking pan and smooth the top. Sprinkle additional toppings on, if desired.

Bake in your preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting and serving.

Bars should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator. They will keep for up to a week.

Yield: One 8"x8" pan, about 16 blondies

Source: Bakingblonde

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