Blondie Brownies made with lots of brown sugar, a hint of almond
and tart cherry M & M candies!
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My poor husband had a real moment of panic on Sunday as the realization hit him that Valentine’s Day was only days away. He turned to me and with a wild look in his eyes, he asked if he should do something for me or not. I told him not to worry about. But he continued to stare at me as he was trying to decifer whether my answer was a trick answer or not. Was he going to be in the dog house for misinterpreting my answer? Does “no” really mean “you bet your life?”
In this instance, “no” truly meant “no”. I am not into Valentine’s Day. While I enjoy picking out special boxes of chocolates for the kids and making all sorts of red velvet treats, my enthusiasm for cupid’s day ends there. To me, this holiday is all about the kids.
I remember being a kid and decorating shoe boxes before our school Valentine’s Day party. I would adorn my box with all sorts of heart stickers, doilies and cupid’s arrows. I’d cut a big slit down the center of the top so each classmate could drop their cards right in. Party day was filled with cookies and games and at the end, we’d all rush around and drop our pre-written Valentine’s into each person’s box.
After school I’d rush home and dump out my box. I’d sort through all my Valentine’s, eating all candy hearts as I read through each card. The cards had no sentimental meaning, I mean we only wrote our names on them and since our mom’s shopped at the same stores, the cards were all the same. Yet the simple act of giving everyone a hand written card was an act of love. An act that gets lost as we become adults, especially in this technology driven world.
Along with my box of chocolate, my kids will be treated to blondies. I sometimes think I prefer blondies to traditional brownies. These blondies are particularly good. They are very soft and the brown sugar is very pronounced. I added a touch of almond extract because almonds and cherries are a perfect pair. Cherry M & M’s (I found mine at Target) are amazing! They are tart just like chocolate covered cherries! They were fabulous in this blondie, perfect for Valentine’s Day or any day you crave something sweet!
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Cherry M & M Blondies
- 2/3 cup butter, melted
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 6.6 oz package Cherry M & M's
- Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9 x13 inch pan.
- Melt butter in a bowl. Stir in sugar and eggs. Stir in extracts.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, stirring just until combined. Pour batter into prepared pan (batter will be thick.)
- Press M & M’s onto blondies. Bake for 25 minutes or until edges begin to pull away and toothpick inserted in the center only pulls out a few crumbs.
- Blondies will soft in the center.
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