Thursday, November 25, 2010

Cinnamon Blondies!?! Oh, my!!

These. Were. FANTASTIC. 

I really hope SOMEONE at our thanksgiving gathering today got to try one. Everyone was too full after the big meal - desserts were barely touched! I brought a few of these home, but left several there for others to enjoy. Everyone packs a to-go box for dinner, & it looked like people packed some of these to-go. I hope they liked them! They are delicious!!

I found this recipe at Two Peas & Their Pod. It comes from a new cookbook out called Perfect One-Dish Dinners. I was just looking for something to bring to our Thanksgiving gathering, in addition to the Green Bean Casserole I always bring. I wanted to bring a dessert & didn't know what. Something different. I found this one, and that is when i discovered this cookbook. MUST get it! Other bloggers are blogging recipes from it, and every one of them looks delicious!

Anyway, back to the Cinnamon Blondies. They turned out PERFECT. They were DELICIOUS! I am going to post as it should be, but i only had self-rising flour, so i did not put in the salt or baking powder. She used cake flour & i'm sure it was even better...which is hard to imagine because these were pretty wonderful already! (Not tooting my own horn...i just followed a great recipe!) She also used cinnamon chips, which i did not have. The original recipe says you can also use nuts or chocolate chips. I thought white chocolate chips would be good, but i just couldn't imagine chocolate in these. So i did chopped pecans instead. They were perfect.

*terrible, terrible picture. Please check out Maria's instead!

Cinnamon Blondies

1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup cinnamon chips (or stir-in of your choice. we used chopped pecans.)

1.) Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 325 degrees. Spray an 8-inch square metal baking pan with vegetable-oil cooking spray. Fold a 16-inch length of heavy-duty foil to 7 1/2 inches wide and lay it across pan bottom and up two sides so you have foil overhangs to pull blondies from pan. Spray foil with vegetable-oil spray. (Okay, i thought that part was wierd, but in the end i was glad i went with it!)

2.) Whisk flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk brown sugar into butter in a medium bowl. Whisk eggs and vanilla together in a small bowl, then whisk into butter mixture. Whisk in dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in cinnamon chips or stir-in of your choice. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake until blondies are just set, about 40 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Using foil handles, pull blondies from pan, set on wire rack, and cool to room temperature (the foil made it very easy to pull out of the pan!). Cut into squares and serve.

 fresh out of the oven! 

 cooling... :)



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