Category Archives: Blondies

White Chocolate Frosting Blondies (Frosting in the batter!)

I used to do this thing where I ate when I was sad or upset.  A lot.  I didn’t know why I did it, but I did.  Baking became a hassle for a while because I knew that every time I did it, I would eat way too much of what I was making, but for the love of you all, I did it anyway.

After trying and trying to just flat out stop stress eating, I sat down and tried to figure out why I did it instead.  I came to the conclusion that either:

a) I did it one time when I was upset and it made me feel better, so after that I just turned to food every time I was stressed out.

or

b)  When I’m eating and eating and eating, I don’t think about anything, I just taste the sweet (because it was mostly sweets) in my mouth and all I know is that it’s making me feel good.

Once I found the root of my problem, I was able to fix it.  Considering that there are many other things to relieve stress, I made a list of alternatives and haven’t done it binged since then.

Here’s my list:

1.  Start a craft of some sort.  Lay everything out and just start it.  Once you get into it, the project will most likely consume you.
2.  Call one of your friends you haven’t talked to for a while.  Talking to a friend will immediately release stress and hopefully by the time you get off the phone, the feelings will have passed.
3.  Drink a glass of water and go for a walk.  The water will fill your stomach and the walk will clear your head.
4.  Watch TV or read a good book.
5.  Write!  Anything… make a list of things you’re grateful for, or things you love about yourself.  Or just write whatever comes out.
6.  Set a budget and go shopping.  It doesn’t have to be big… makeup, jewelry, clothes, whatever. Just go… but don’t let it turn into retail therapy.😉
7.  Do yoga.  I’ve found that yoga is really good at clearing your head.
8.  Make a hair or nail appointment.
9.  Make a list of how you’re feeling and then another list of how to fix that without doing something you’ll feel bad about later.
10. Paint your nails.
11.  Clean the house. Wash the dishes by hand.
12.  Go for a drive and listen to your music.
13.  Color.
14.  Donate clothes to someplace or someone.
15.  Just get dressed up.  I find that when I put myself together I already start to feel better.
16.  Go the library.  I love going to the library!
17.  Take a long bath.
18.  Take some online quizzes or play some online games or just do stuff online.

You might feel unproductive doing some of these things, but just let yourself enjoy them and remember that any of these things are better than stress eating (or anything else you do because of stress).

And, since some of you are probably here for a recipe, I’ve got one for you!  Remember those White Chocolate Frosting Cookies I made with the frosting in the dough?  Well, I’ve turned them into blondies! They’re suppperr good.  When they first came out of the oven last night, I was kind of worried because they weren’t very dense.  They tasted good, but more like cake.  But when I woke up this morning, they had become dense and blondie-like.  And they’re delicious, so make them!🙂

White Chocolate Frosting Blondies
Serves 30ish (depending on how big you like your pieces😉 )


Ingredients


  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 16 tablespoons (2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cups frosting, room temp.
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

Directions


Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Lightly butter an 9×13 inch square baking pan.
Using an electric mixer, beat together the brown sugar and eggs until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Add the vanilla, butter, and 1/2 cup frosting and beat to mix well.
In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt and add to the butter mixture, beating until just incorporated. Do not overmix.
Using a spoon, stir in the white chocolate.
Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.
Drop the remaining 1/4 cup over batter and spread into top of batter with a spatula.
Bake the blondies for 40-45 minutes, until the top is dry and golden and a knife inserted in the center comes out with just a few crumbs attached (not wet, but not perfectly dry).
Remove the pan from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Cut the blondies.
The blondies can be stored, well wrapped, at room temperature for up to 3 days (they get better as they sit).

I like to make these even worse for you and drizzle white chocolate on top.😉

Low Cal Blondies


This dreary and dark weather is really messing with my food photos.


Once I learned that natural light was the best way to photograph food, I quit using flash for good!  I even quit baking at night and started baking in the morning so by the time I got finished, I could use the natural light from my kitchen window to photograph the finished product.

But that’s changed lately.  It’s been cloudy for a couple of weeks now and I can’t seem to get a good picture.

Which is where a light box comes in handy!

No need to buy one.  I’ll show you how to make one!!

Homemade Light Box

You’ll need:
1 big box
some tissue paper or other semi-transparent paper
scissors

Cut out the centers of the sides of the box.  Leave one side, though!
It will look like this.
 Fill the sides of your cut out box with paper.
You’ll need more lights than this, but this is the gist.
Simple!!!!!
After all of that hard work, you’ll probably need some blondies.😉

I took this from Katie.  They have beans in them, but I trusted Katie’s judgement and made them anyway.  I’m impressed!!  I wasn’t expecting them to be that good.  I took mine out a little early so they were gooey and delicious!  If you’re looking for a low-cal treat, these are the ones you should make.  My only complaint is that the flax seeds made them a little grainy, so next time I might sub in flour instead.  



Low Cal Blondies
For this delicious recipe, click here: Choc. Covered Katie

Banana Blondies with Nilla Wafer Crust



I was leaving Wal-Mart the other and while I was standing in the checkout line, I was looking at all of the items in my cart.


I glanced at the Nilla Wafers and had a revelation.  My mind said “Katie, make banana blondies with Nilla Wafer crust.”


So I did.


Make fun of me if you want, but I know you other food bloggers can relate.  :)


I was expecting a masterpiece, but I will admit the recipe needs a little work.  They were good, but not the flavor/texture I was looking for.  I’ll give you the recipe I used today, but I’ll be fixing it in the near future and I’ll post the new one then!  





Banana Blondies with Nilla Wafer Crust


Crust:  
2 cups crushed Nilla Wafers
1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)


Blondies: 

4 tablespoons (1 stick, 4 ounces or 113 grams) butter, melted
1 mashed banana
1 cup (218 grams or 7 3/4 ounces for light; 238 grams or 8 3/8 ounces for dark) brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla or 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Pinch salt
1 cup (4 3/8 ounces or 125 grams) all-purpose flour

1/2 cup white chocolate pieces (I’m obsessed, okay?)

  1. Butter an 8×8 pan.
  2. Mix melted butter with brown sugar – beat until smooth. Beat in egg and then vanilla.
  3. Add salt, stir in flour. 
  4. Mix in mashed banana.  (I mixed mine in with the sugar and butter… don’t do that!!)
  5. Add in white chocolate.
  6. Pour into prepared pan. Bake at 350°F 20-25 minutes, or until set in the middle.

Disappearing Marshmallow Brownies

 These are magic.
And with Harry Potter coming up in 5 days, they’re also are appropriate.

I kinda like Harry Potter, a lot.

It’s not an obsession though, I checked. 
“Have you automatically judged a person based on whether or not they like the Harry Potter books?” Ha. Of course not! That’s rude.
“Do you compare all other books you read to Harry Potter?”  Umm.. noo…
“Do you applaud anything that gets children to read in an age when not many do and were often ostracized for being ‘geeky;’?”  Well, yes, duh… “Do you think Harry Potter is the bridge between that gap?” I might…

“Are you watching Harry Potter while you write this?”…

…Okay, well, if anything, it’s a HEALTHY obsession.  About as healthy as these brownies… which are very healthy…since the marshmallows disappear when you bake them.

P.S. If you don’t like Harry Potter, sorry… you’ll like the brownies, though.  I promise.
P.P.S. My boss is really, really cool and lets me sell yummy goodies at our store on Saturdays now, so I sold these, and they were goooonnne by the end of the day.  They’re delicious.

 Mix the melted butter and butterscotch chips.
 Mix the sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
 Put them together.
 Add in the dry stuff.
 Fold in the good stuff…
 …Until it looks like this.
 Put it in a greased 9×13 in pan.
 Let them cool, cut them, and eat them.

Disappearing Marshmallow Brownies
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch pan.
  2. Using a microwave-safe bowl, melt the butterscotch chips and butter together in the microwave, stirring occasionally until smooth. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together the brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Mix in the melted butterscotch chips, then the flour, baking powder, and salt until smooth. Stir in the marshmallows and chocolate chips last. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared baking pan.
  4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in preheated oven. Cool, and cut into squares.

Disappearing Marshmallow Brownies

 These are magic.
And with Harry Potter coming up in 5 days, they’re also are appropriate.

I kinda like Harry Potter, a lot.

It’s not an obsession though, I checked. 
“Have you automatically judged a person based on whether or not they like the Harry Potter books?” Ha. Of course not! That’s rude.
“Do you compare all other books you read to Harry Potter?”  Umm.. noo…
“Do you applaud anything that gets children to read in an age when not many do and were often ostracized for being ‘geeky;’?”  Well, yes, duh… “Do you think Harry Potter is the bridge between that gap?” I might…

“Are you watching Harry Potter while you write this?”…

…Okay, well, if anything, it’s a HEALTHY obsession.  About as healthy as these brownies… which are very healthy…since the marshmallows disappear when you bake them.

P.S. If you don’t like Harry Potter, sorry… you’ll like the brownies, though.  I promise.
P.P.S. My boss is really, really cool and lets me sell yummy goodies at our store on Saturdays now, so I sold these, and they were goooonnne by the end of the day.  They’re delicious.

 Mix the melted butter and butterscotch chips.
 Mix the sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
 Put them together.
 Add in the dry stuff.
 Fold in the good stuff…
 …Until it looks like this.
 Put it in a greased 9×13 in pan.
 Let them cool, cut them, and eat them.

Disappearing Marshmallow Brownies
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch pan.
  2. Using a microwave-safe bowl, melt the butterscotch chips and butter together in the microwave, stirring occasionally until smooth. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together the brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Mix in the melted butterscotch chips, then the flour, baking powder, and salt until smooth. Stir in the marshmallows and chocolate chips last. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared baking pan.
  4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in preheated oven. Cool, and cut into squares.

Chewy on the Inside, Crunchy on the Outside Mint Chocolate Chip Blondies with Chocolate Drizzle

So is the title long enough? 

If not, tell me because I can definitely think of more adjectives for these delicious blondies!!

They are exactly as the title says:  chewy on the inside, crunchy on the outside… they are also chocolate-y with a hint of mint and they have a delicious chocolate glaze that compliments them perfectly. 

If you don’t like mint, you’re in luck, because these are so adaptable it’s ridiculous (for a few ideas, click the Smitten Kitchen link).  Sometimes I swear my head isn’t attached to my body, and tonight happened to be one of those nights.  My Mint Chocolate Chip Blondies are actually PEPPERmint Chocolate Chip Blondies.  I grabbed the peppermint extract instead of the mint extract, but luckily these are extremely hard to mess up and they still turned out wonderfully.  I guess I just wanted to get started early on Christmas recipes.

Make sure you make these with people around or that you’re making them for a party.  If there are no people around, plan on eating the whole batch of them. 

Mix melted butter and sugar.
Add flour.
Mix in chocolate chips and mint extract.
Pour into greased dish.
Make glaze.
Eat, eat, eat!!

Mint Chocolate Chip Blondies
Adapted from:  Smitten Kitchen

8 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla or 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Pinch salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp mint extract
3/4 cup chocolate chips
Optional:  Chocolate Glaze

  1. Butter an 8×8 pan
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Mix melted butter with brown sugar – beat until smooth. Beat in egg and then vanilla.
  4. Add salt, stir in flour until just combined. Mix in mint extract and chocolate chips.
  5. Pour into prepared pan/ dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until set in the middle. They won’t get dark, so make sure you check with a toothpick!  Cool on rack before cutting them.
  6. Make glaze and drizzle (our pour, in my case) on top.

Chewy on the Inside, Crunchy on the Outside Mint Chocolate Chip Blondies with Chocolate Drizzle

So is the title long enough? 

If not, tell me because I can definitely think of more adjectives for these delicious blondies!!

They are exactly as the title says:  chewy on the inside, crunchy on the outside… they are also chocolate-y with a hint of mint and they have a delicious chocolate glaze that compliments them perfectly. 

If you don’t like mint, you’re in luck, because these are so adaptable it’s ridiculous (for a few ideas, click the Smitten Kitchen link).  Sometimes I swear my head isn’t attached to my body, and tonight happened to be one of those nights.  My Mint Chocolate Chip Blondies are actually PEPPERmint Chocolate Chip Blondies.  I grabbed the peppermint extract instead of the mint extract, but luckily these are extremely hard to mess up and they still turned out wonderfully.  I guess I just wanted to get started early on Christmas recipes.

Make sure you make these with people around or that you’re making them for a party.  If there are no people around, plan on eating the whole batch of them. 

Mix melted butter and sugar.
Add flour.
Mix in chocolate chips and mint extract.
Pour into greased dish.
Make glaze.
Eat, eat, eat!!

Mint Chocolate Chip Blondies
Adapted from:  Smitten Kitchen

8 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla or 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Pinch salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp mint extract
3/4 cup chocolate chips
Optional:  Chocolate Glaze

  1. Butter an 8×8 pan
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Mix melted butter with brown sugar – beat until smooth. Beat in egg and then vanilla.
  4. Add salt, stir in flour until just combined. Mix in mint extract and chocolate chips.
  5. Pour into prepared pan/ dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until set in the middle. They won’t get dark, so make sure you check with a toothpick!  Cool on rack before cutting them.
  6. Make glaze and drizzle (our pour, in my case) on top.