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Oreo Cookie Dough Blondies

Oreo Cookie Dough Blondies

Oreo Cookie Dough Blondies

What a weekend!  Gorgeous weather, Costco, Trader Joes, a trip to the Planetarium, and the Badgers won!  Did you watch any of the Elite 8 basketball games?  We don’t watch a lot of basketball, but come March Madness, that is about all that is on here.  We are from WI, and big Badger fans in this house.  So it was  a stressful Saturday night around here.  But we are now so excited for them to be going to the Final Four for only the 3rd time, ever!  My son also had his first two games of the spring flag football season.  So it was a sport filled weekend around here.  Almost looking forward to getting back to the work week, so things can settle down a little……Almost.

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Apple Blondies w/ Cinnamon Brown Sugar Frosting

Apple Blondies with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Frosting

Apple Blondies with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Frosting

Apple season is upon us.  I love apples, and I love baking with apples.  Unfortunately my family has something wrong with them, and they don’t like apple desserts.  My son loves apples dipped in peanut butter, but that is where it ends.  Seriously, the kid won’t even eat applesauce.  I know. I screwed up some how.  My husband, he doesn’t like the skin of the apple.  Or so he claims.  Because I offer to peel them, and he still won’t eat them.  So whatever, more for me!

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Chocolate Chunk Blondies

Chocolate Chunk Blondies

Chocolate Chunk Blondies

I hope you are ready for another installment of Pass the Cook Book Club!  This month is all about Ina Garten.  I will admit, previously I think I have only made one of her recipes.  I like her, but I have just never gotten very into her recipes.  My husband actually gave me her latest cookbook for Christmas, and I bookmarked a few recipes to try.  I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

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Butterfinger Blondies

Butterfinger Blondies

Butterfingers have to be one of my favorite candy bars, and Blondies are one of my favorite desserts.  It only seemed natural that they come together in one glorious dessert.  This used up the last of my leftover Halloween candy, which is probably a good thing.  It is really hard to walk past, and not just grab one of those Butterfingers.

My poor family didn’t get to try these.  I had one, ok maybe two, to test of course.  Then I gave them straight to a friend.  Even my husband, who doesn’t like chocolate would have loved these.  Peanut butter base, with Butterfingers mixed in, and then topped with a Butterfinger frosting.  Pure heaven!  I debated about putting the frosting on, but in the end I am happy I did.  The first half of the one I tested, didn’t have Butterfinger in it :(   I decided to remedy that, the frosting would be made.

Trust me when I say that you need to try these.  I am thinking about going to buy more candy, just to make these to share with my family.  They were that good.

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Pumpkin Biscoff Blondies

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Apparently I have 2 things on the brain lately; pumpkin and biscoff.  Good thing for you they are both wonderful things, and when you put them together magic happens.  They really are just meant for each other.  I am trying to stop myself from making a Pumpkin Biscoff Bread.  Not sure I can hold out though, I mean it just sounds so good!

Another thing you might know about me is my love for blondies.  It has actually been awhile since I made them, so it was time to do a fall version.  Last year I made some with Candy Corn M&M’s, and that kind of kick started the whole blondie thing.  Well this version just might be a new favorite.  Plus another great thing about blondies, no mixer required!

The pumpkin leaves them more of a cakey texture, but here that is ok.  You really have to let them cool all the way before you eat them.  I tried one when it was still warm and they just didn’t taste right.  I almost called the whole thing a flop.  But then, I tried it again the next day, and it was a totally different experience.  I brought these to my son’s school, and I was told the teachers all flipped for them.  My son is already asking if I can make them again!

The winner of the Catching Fireflies gift certificate was Beth R – check your email!!

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Golden Oreo Blondie Bars

Golden Oreo Blondie Bars 3 - labeled

Golden Oreo Blondie Bars

I think it has been shown that I have a major sweet tooth, and I am a huge fan of chocolate.  My husband on the other hand is the complete opposite.  He will definitely take dessert, but only every once in awhile, and NEVER chocolate.  He would rather have chips and dip any day.  This always poses a problem for me.  What do I bake, and who can I give it to, because you know I don’t need to eat a whole pan of brownies.

I did find one dessert he really likes though….Blondies!  I saw this recipe over at What’s Gabby Cooking, and knew I had to make them.  My husband would like every part of them!  Now, Gabby calls them something different.  I had to change the name, because I have a 7 year old who wanted to know what he was eating.  But if you want to call them what they really are they are Slutty Blondie Brownies.  They are the Blondie version of Slutty Brownies.  Completely genius, I mean why should chocolate get all the fun?

This was the last thing I baked when we lived in our apartment.  I made them the day before we moved to thank bribe our helpers.  They have a layer of sugar cookie, a layer of Golden Oreo’s, and then topped with a layer of blondies.  They are sweet, gooey, and over the top yummy!  I had problems baking them.  They looked done, I took them out to cool.  A couple hours later I went to cut and take pictures, and they were completely raw!  Like oozing out the side, liquidy raw.  I decided to put them back in the oven to see if they would bake up.  I did not think it would work, but it was this or throw them out.  But it worked, they finished cooking, and you could never tell!  Which was good, I had to feed our helpers, and everything was already packed.

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Butterscotch M&M Bars

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Last night we went to my son’s first grade musical, Dinostars.  He played a Pterodactyl, and had a speaking part.  He did a great job!  All the kids did a great job, they were all so cute dressed up like dinosaurs, singing their songs. Amazing how grown up he is getting.  He turns 7 next month.  While he was at school yesterday, I went out and bought him a new pair of shoes.  They were the same size as mine!  Seriously?!  My 6 year old has the same size feet as me?  I am really not sure how I feel about this.

Despite how big he is getting, I can still win him over with treats .  Hopefully that will never change.  He was a big fan of these bars.  He doesn’t always like white chocolate, but he did in here!  I had seen these White Chocolate M&M’s all over the place, I just had pick up a bag, and try them myself.  My husband loves butterscotch, so I thought I would mix the two together.  He loved these Blondies I made, but I wanted the butterscotch flavor to go all throughout, instead of just chips.  So I melted the chips down, and stirred it into the batter.  Brilliant!  I am seeing this technique working out well with other recipes too.

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White Chocolate Butterscotch Blondies

What a beautiful weekend it was here.  Sunny and in the 50′s, can’t ask for anything better in January.  On Saturday we went to Denver to look at appliances.  I think we found what we would like to put in our house.  We also took our 6 year old, football obsessed son to see Mile High Stadium.  We went on a tour and got to see the whole thing.  He was in heaven.  I was surprised to see how much of a business tickets, and suites, and the clubs are for the teams.  I just never realized how much money is involved in a game!

Unfortunately, these yummy bars were gone, so we didn’t have them to come home too.  I had Butterscotch chips to use, so I thought I would use my go to Blondie base, and change it up with different chips.  I had no idea how much my husband liked Butterscotch.  You would think after 10 1/2 years a good wife would know these things; but I didn’t.  I knew if he got a dipped cone at DQ it would be Butterscotch, but that was it.  This was one of the few desserts he could not stay away from.  I am super excited to have this new flavor to explore!

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Cinnamon Blondies

Cinnamon Blondies

Cinnamon Blondies

** This was previously posted, I have updated the pictures.

We had a very busy weekend here.  Saturday morning my husband and son woke up early to see the Eclipse.  Then my son had his first playdate in Colorado!  I am so happy that he is making friends and adjusting quickly.  Saturday afternoon we went to a snow/ice sculpture event that ended in a parade.  It is amazing what people can do with snow and ice!  And it is always fun to see a parade, especially when Santa is in it!  Sunday we went up into the mountains and went snowshoeing.  It was the perfect weather to be playing outside in the snow.  I hope these warmer temps stick around for awhile!

Cinnamon Blondies

I saw these Cinnamon Blondies over at From Cupcakes to Caviar a few months ago.  They looked so gooey and delicious!  My 6 year old is a huge cinnamon fan, so I had to make them for him.  I over baked mine by a minute or two, but they were still amazing.  This was my first experience with Cinnamon Chips, and I think I am going to have to go pick up another bag!

Cinnamon Blondies

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M&M Candy Corn Blondies

Happy Halloween!  We carved our pumpkins and roasted the seeds yesterday; my son has his costume and is ready to go!  It should be a fun night for all the kids.  We had a great weekend as a family.  My husband was supposed to get here around lunch time on Saturday, but he surprised me and showed up at 10:00 on Friday night!  I was just getting ready to go upstairs and I heard the garage door open.  One of the best surprises ever! 
I found these bars awhile ago on Pinterest, and I was instantly in love.  I am obsessed with Blondies recently, after just discovering what they are.  It is a little late in the season to make them, but you could substitute white chocolate chips if you can’t find the M&M’s.  But I suspect if you go to the store first thing tomorrow morning, you will find them on clearance :)   You really should make a special trip tomorrow to find them, these Blondies were insanely good! 
 
M&M Candy Corn Blondies
Adapted from The Little Kitchen
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
½ cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup M&M white chocolate candy corn, chopped
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare an 8 inch pan or line with foil.
Cream brown sugar and egg until it’s light and fluffy. Add in vanilla and melted butter, mix well
In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda and salt.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and incorporate with a spatula. Stir in M&Ms by hand. Do not over mix.
Pour batter to the prepared pan. Bake for about 25-28 minutes. The top will be dry.  Cool completely before cutting.