Friday, February 12, 2010

Valentine blondies

Okay, first things first.  How awesome was The Office last night?  I won't spoil it for those of you who depend on your DVR, but ahh!  Finally!!!

Now, a super quick and easy sweet treat to make for friends, family, or you and yourself this weekend: Valentine blondies!

**Note: Let them cool completely and THEN cut.  I waited about, oh, 5 minutes because Thursday night TV was about to begin, and I wanted a snack.  The blondies, however, were not ready to be cut (they were still hot) and the force from the knife caused the M&Ms to crack and the chocolate inside the candies was still mushy... it wasn't a pretty sight, so this is as far as we go.  However, they were absolutely dee-lih-shuss.  Oh my word.  In conclusion, you might think that I learned a valuable lesson about patience -- wrong!  I was basically rewarded for my inability to follow instructions and wait.  You, however, have learned that I have the patience of a 4 year old child.  Did I get that right?

Have a wonderful weekend... get out and stock back up on groceries and, goodness, good luck trying to find a gallon of milk anywhere!  Oh, and happy love day!

Valentine Blondies
(adapted from a recipe in Everyday Food)
-makes 16 2x2 inch squares

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
1 teaspoon salt
Festive M&Ms, chocolate chips, Kissables, or candy of your choice

Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl, whisk together melted butter and sugars until smoothe. Whisk in eggs and vanilla. Add flour and salt and stir with spatula until just moistened. Transfer batter to 8 inch square pan and smooth top. Arrange candies in rows or whatever pattern your little heart desires.

Bake until top of cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, roughly 45 to 50 minutes. Set pan to cool completely on wire rack. Cut into 16 equal squares and serve to the hungry loves of your life. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days, if they manage to last that long.

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