Welcome to stop number three on this nostalgic journey. Blondies. If you have never had a blondie, your life isn’t complete. I realize that is a very bold statement, but I stand by it. Growing up, we didn’t eat a whole lot of chocolate but never felt like we were missing out on brownies because of these. I think of these as my, “OMG we need to be at someone’s house in an hour and I forgot to make something”. I love simplicity, and being able to whip something up before the oven is fully preheated is insane especially for something that tastes so good.
I have made so many variations of these blondies based on what I had in the house and was never disappointed. I even added white chocolate to these once for a friend who loves white chocolate and they were still edible, even for a white chocolate nay-sayer like me. My very favorite happy discovery was thanks to my husband. Everyone has likes, but he loves caramel. Literally in ever form it comes in: in a latte? sure. In cookies? why not. On a bowl of ice cream? is that even a question? I bring this up because one time at the grocery store he pulled a bag of Kraft caramel bits off the shelf and asked if I could use it. They sat in our pantry for quite some time, until one day I was making these blondies and he asked if I would add the caramel bits in for him. If he hadn’t asked, I might not have ever tried it or realized how versatile these blondies are.
For the most part, I stick with the blondies just with walnuts, or nut-less for people with nut allergies. I love the texture of these. They are a little on the chewy side and not overly sweet. Every time I make them, I just want to curl up with a plate of them and a nice cup of coffee, or a cold glass of milk (depending on the time of day) and just feel like a kid again. If you have been reading this blog, you know that food has a very special place in my life. I have so many happy memories that I associate with food. I think of it as a way to relate to people or the “great equalizer”. Food, for me, can bridge any gap be it political, regional, cultural, religious, really anything.
If you are looking for a new recipe to go to in a pinch, I hope you look to these.
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350 º F. Line a 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper.
- In a bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
- In a larger bowl mix together vegetable oil and brown sugar until no lumps remain. Whisk in the egg and vanilla until smooth.
- Fold in the flour mixture until just incorporated. Lastly, add the walnuts and fold once more to evenly distribute.
- Pour batter into baking pan and bake until they are set in the center, about 25-30 minutes.
- Let them cool completely before cutting.