Friday, March 12, 2010

Mmmm... Smells like heaven in here

We are staying in tonight.  I did a little exercise DVD when I got home from work and Mark grilled a delicious flank steak which we paired with pureed cauliflower and a tomato basil salad.  Now we're watching Couples Retreat as some YUMMY Blondies bake in the oven.  I have had the baking bug recently, and I thought it would be nice to bring a little treat to everyone at work tomorrow.  Saturday workdays can get kind of long, and what makes a day better than an ooey gooey blondie.  NOTHING!

These are delish and SUPER easy to make.  Here's how...

1 cup plus 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease an 8 inch square baking pan lined with greased parchment paper.

Sift flour and salt together and set aside

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine butter and sugar.  Heat, stirring often, until sugar has dissolved, and then cook about one minute more.  It will bubble, but not boil.  Set aside to cool for ten minutes.

Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla to the sugar mixture and stir to combine.  Sprinkle flour and salt over sugar mixture and blend together.  Pour batter into prepared pan.  Bake until center is springy to the touch and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 25-35 minutes.

Run a knife around the pan to loosen blondies.  Invert over a plate and peel back the parchment.  Cut into 2 inch squares.

**I added walnuts and toffee bits!!!  I think they'll love it.



  1. Sounds like a lovely night in. Interested to see what you think of Couples Retreat. Pretty much everyone I've talked to loved it but I did not like it at all. I guess I just don't see the entertainment is watching unhappy couples bicker. Yes, they all end up all 'happily ever after' in the end, but I don't think that's realistic. Anyways, I think most people are able to see the humor in it, but some of the dynamics of some of the relationships reminded me of couples I know in real life!!!

    That was a bit of a rant! HOpe you had a great night!

  2. Lisa has a point but what couple doesn't rant here and there! Sounds like a great date night in and I will have to try that recipe! I came across a good monkey roll/ cinnamon roll recipe that I will post this week! Don't have too much fun at work now!

  3. Smells like heaven... it LOOKS like heaven! YUM!

  4. Yum.. guess who will be making them for my work party next week ?! :) I'll post them when they are done on my blog. Also, I loved Couples Retreat, hence b/c I love, I mean love Vince Vaughn :)

  5. I love nights in :)

    I don't think I have ever had a blondie before!

  6. Brad and I watched Couples Retreat on Friday, too!!! And, those Blondies??? You are KILLING me!



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