Chocolate Chip Blondies

Speaking of Blondes – I really like the new Blonde Roast at Starbucks. Apparently the Baristas have been told not to make any blonde jokes with customers….like when they order a tall blonde. I have to wonder how far Starbucks thought that name through before they brought it to market. Funny.

Jim went out with some work friends tonight and Ella is at our neighbor’s for a sleepover. I told Taylor we would have a “date night” and she responded to me “Mommy, I’m not having a date night with you. We are having a girls night out!” So, I went with that:-) The thing is, it has been a really long week and I went for a run before our “girls night out” so by the time we left the house I was getting super tired. As I type, we are back home and snuggling on the couch (actually now she is laying on her stomach and “accidentally” kicking me every ten seconds.) I told her she can watch any show and stay up until 9 o’clock – very exciting:-).

We did make a stop at Justice and the Kangaroo (which is a gas station.) One of her friends at school had a piece of Valentine’s candy and apparently she got it from the Kangaroo, so Taylor has begged me to stop there for the past week. So tonight I told her we would go and find her treat. The only problem is she couldn’t tell me exactly what it was. She said it was not like normal candy, but it was smooth like the palm of her hand (and then she made me feel how smooth her hand was.) I still have no idea what that candy was and I’m not sure that she does either. I let her get a little package of airheads and she seemed happy with that. We don’t buy candy very often so I guess it was exciting enough.

Speaking of exciting….these are AWESOME chocolate chip blondies. I will make these again and again. They are buttery and sugary and perfectly soft and doughy. They are thinner than your typical bar cookie or brownie, but they are thicker than your typical cookie. If you like a chewy chocolate chip cookie try these. They would be PERFECT as the base for a blondie sundae.

To top all of that excitement off they are super easy to make. It probably took me about 10-12 minutes total to get them into the pan to bake. I like to make cookies when I have plenty of time, but on a Sunday afternoon when we just want a treat to go with a nice dinner, I like to turn to easy, but delicious recipes like this. Enjoy!

Source: Taste of Home

Chocolate Chip Blondies
 
Recipe type: Dessert

Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions
  1. Combine the brown sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla just until blended. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt and whisk until combined; add to brown sugar mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.
  2. Spread the mixture into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

I know I said I was trying to lighten things up this month, but in true Becki style I need some balance. I actually made these last month.

This recipe is one of my all-time favorite sweet confections. My mom made these, typically at Christmas, every year and now I usually make them as well. This year I decided to shake things up a bit (because we are crazy like that at my house) and make some with white chocolate. They turned out really well….I love the white chocolate candy Reese Cups, don’t you?

When I was young I was diagnosed with a slight peanut and milk allergy. I liked both so much though that I kept eating them. I had never been really all that bothered by them so I guess we didn’t think it necessary to totally avoid them. Seriously, milk and peanut butter were two of my favorite things. To give them up would have been tragic. Of course, if it was a life threatening allergy I’m sure my parents would have had me stop eating them altogether.

I started getting allergy shots for my “hay fever” and dust allergies and I guess we never really thought much more about it after that. Is hay fever really an allergy by the way? I will say that now when I eat nuts that haven’t been roasted my throat gets a bit itchy. If they are roasted they don’t seem to bother me…..it’s weird, I know. The same thing happens when I eat uncooked banana…yes, again, weird. I told my doctor about my banana problem and he told me to stop eating them…ok.

Anyways…

These bars are great – they are a bit sweet so we usually cut them into small little squares. They are also a breeze to make and pretty close to the real thing if I do say so myself!

These would make great treats for someone special on Valentine’s Day.

Enjoy!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
 
Recipe type: Dessert

Ingredients
  • 1½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1⅓ cup peanut butter (creamy)
  • 1½ sticks butter
  • 1 lb powdered sugar
  • ⅓ stick butter
  • 6 oz. chocolate chips (semi-sweet or white)

Instructions
  1. Melt butter and peanut butter together in a small pan over low heat (you can do this in the microwave, too.) Add cracker crumbs and powdered sugar. Mix well.
  2. Press into a buttered 9X13 pan.
  3. Melt ⅓ stick butter and chocolate chips together. Pour over peanut butter mixture and spread quickly.

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