A Time for Baking
It’s time for holiday baking to begin! In today’s post I’d like to share with you my recipe for Butterscotch Blondies. These are so delicious!
A Brief Background
Back about 2003 I was a member of the “Roundtuits” Chapter of the Red Hat Society. Let me say I’ve never been fond of wearing hats (even when the weather is freezing outside!) but I have to admit that it was fun wearing red and purple clothing with a hat to top it off when I was participating in the Red Hat Society’s events. Dressed in those clothes and running with a group of other women similarly attired, one couldn’t help but have fun!
Of course a horde of women dressed in purple and red wearing hats attracted the attention of others. People always came up to us wanting to know “what” we were! The Roundtuits participated in some interesting activities such as visiting the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens (located in nearby Belmont, NC), going to a concert for Christian women, participating in a class at a local scrapbook supply store and best of all, from a foodie viewpoint, having a Christmas Cookie Exchange party!
You’re probably familiar with the concept of a Christmas Cookie Exchange. Everyone brings a batch of cookies with their recipes and everyone gets to swap cookies with everyone else. My favorite cookie from this party was a Butterscotch Blondie. I immediately thought they were so delicious and flavorful! Whenever I prepare them at home now I have a very difficult time limiting myself to just one! (You know the type – these cookies call your name!) My husband, who is a cookie monster, also loves these cookies. So without further ado, here’s how to make them.
Butterscotch Blondies are easy to make and don’t take hours in the kitchen. First, butter is melted and brown sugar is stirred into the butter.
The flour, baking powder, salt, vanilla and nuts are mixed together. The butter and brown sugar mixture is added to the flour mixture and stirred until well combined. The batter is then poured into a greased 9″ x 13″ pan.
Smooth the top of the batter to make it even in the pan. Bake at 350° F. for 30 minutes. Let them cool, then cut into squares.
By the way, if you like antiques, this 3-tier tidbit server is in the Petal pattern from the Federal Glass Company, which was made from 1954 to 1979. It is a pressed design with exaggerated points with overlapping grooves arranged in a petal pattern; the bottoms are rayed. This pattern was very popular in sun gold in the 1960’s, according to my research. The petal pattern also came in a variety of colors including crystal, carnival glass, smoke, Aegean blue and sun gold.
Below is the complete recipe with measurements that you may print if you desire.
- 16 oz. brown sugar
- 1 + 1/2 sticks butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup nuts, chopped
- Melt butter and stir in brown sugar. Cool. Add eggs.
- Mix flour, baking powder, salt, vanilla and nuts together. Add to other mixture. Mix well.
- Bake in greased 9" x 13" pan at 350 degrees F. for 30 minutes.
- Check carefully to make sure blondies are done in the middle before removing from the oven.
- Butterscotch Blondies are quick and easy to make!
In Butterscotch Blondies, much flavor is derived from the brown sugar, vanilla and nuts. In the batch I made for the above photos, almonds were the nut I chose to use but I’ve also made them with pecans. Choose your favorite nut to put in these wonderful blondies and adjust your schedule to make them soon! You won’t regret it – of course, the cookies may start calling your name!
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