Being a social butterfly and all, I get invited places with some degree of frequency. And when I’m attending a party or gathering at someone’s house, it’s pretty likely I’ll be asked to bring dessert.
I guess it makes sense. After all, I’m the dessert girl. But every now and then, could I bring a bottle of tequila instead? Sharing is caring, ya know.
Oh, well. When I’m asked last-minute to bring a dessert somewhere, an old faithful recipe is the one to save me every time. No, I’m not talking about passing off slice and bake as my own, though that’s tempting. I’m talking about an easy bar cookie. These blondies are chewy, thick, easily customized and, most important, fast.
With all the stuff that gets thrown at us, we need easy solutions. After my flu drama of last week, I woke up with pinkeye a few days ago. On a scale of 1-10 of gross ailments that can inflict a human being with 10 being the highest, I’d rate pinkeye about a 5. On the one hand, it’s pretty yucky. On the other hand, I’ve seen much worse. Mainly on TV in zombie movies, but in real life as well.
While we’re on the subject, I’m not down with this whole zombie trend that seems to be stretching into oblivion. I had just gotten used to vegetarian vampires when zombie stuff started popping up everywhere. It’s been a few years now and people are still obsessed. When is there going to be a cute kitten and rainbow trend? Can someone get behind that?
See, I’m a very visual person, and I have a somewhat photographic memory. Once I see an image, it gets burned into my brain for all time. If it’s a scary image, I can’t drive it out of my head. That’s why I avoid horror movies, the evening news, and medical shows on TV. I really don’t want to be lying in the dark with disturbing images doing a loop in my head.
Maybe that’s the reason dessert is so appealing to me. It tastes good, sure, but it’s also a feast for the eyes. I always take a moment to appreciate how beautiful my blondie is before I eat it. That is the opposite of being scared senseless by a zombie.
The base here is easy to make. I had a video, but my camera died during filming. Saddest story ever. So you have to imagine seeing that, and also understand that you can put in any old thing you’d like. Well, mix-ins, that is. I wouldn’t be dumping wine in there. Drink it on the side!
Nothing is more convenient than having a bunch of go-to recipes for when people assume you want to make dessert on short notice. That way you can rise to the occasion. Also, you can keep the bottle of tequila at home and enjoy it as you bake. Just don’t watch The Walking Dead at the same time!
1 and 1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup mix-ins of choice (I used chocolate chunks and white chocolate chips)
- Preheat the oven to 350. Line an 8 x 8 pan with foil, leaving enough to overhang the sides, and coat in cooking spray.
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- Take a larger bowl and mix the brown sugar, melted butter, eggs and vanilla until just blended. Add the dry ingredients gradually and mix until incorporated. Fold in the mix-ins.
- Spread the batter in the prepared pan.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes until the edges are browned. The middle might jiggle slightly, but it will harden as the bars cool. Do not overbake. Cut into squares with a sharp knife and store in an airtight container