Having a Blonde Moment ~ Brown Butter Blondies

A Blonde Moment

I forgot what I was looking for…

but I found something even better!

I’d forgotten who I was supposed to call…

But I had a nice chat with the person I did phone!

I know, I only made half of the bed…

(I have to admit that one even freaked me out a bit.)

But didn’t that make it easier for you to jump back in?

My iPhone calendar app is perfect for keeping me on track…

Only I forgot to check it.

The clock downstairs is still set an hour late..

But if you sleep downstairs (without daylight savings time) you gain an hour..

when you bolt out of bed early.

I’ve lost my “To Do” list…

and I can’t find the notepad to start a new one.

And I know knew what a perfect authentic cadence is.. er, was

a week ago.

And let me just say that it’s a friggin’ awesome thing

that Facebook reminds me that it’s your birthday!

Maybe you should sign up for Facebook so you won’t miss a certain person’s birthday?

(just sayin’)

I didn’t know what a Blondie was until I googled it.

How was I supposed to know that a Brownie turns into a Blondie

when you forget to add the cocoa powder.

Maybe there are just too many awesome ideas in here all jostling for my attention.

But one thing’s for certain

I never forget

to enjoy the important moments…

like this one, right here, right now

with you.

Martha Stewart is blonde I think and this is her recipe,

of course she knows what a Blondie is!

She even remembered all the ingredients and wrote out excellent directions to follow…

and…  (Surprise?)  it turned out exactly like she said it would.

How does she do that?!

Starbucks came out with a new coffee blend

“Blonde”

and I wasn’t offended in the least…

in fact it made me smile

:)

And the cup and the daffodils..

well, they just felt like spring…

and I definitely remember what that’s like!

Do you think these Blondies and a cup of Blonde coffee might sharpen my memory?


You definitely won’t forget you’ve eaten one of these bad boys girls,

And that’s a good thing because they’re over-the-top dangerous!


So go share a plateful…

before you forget. 

Brown Butter Blondies

Brown Butter Blondies
 
Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus more for pan
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (about 4 ounces)
  • 1 cup toffee bits (or 2 Skor Bars coarsely chopped)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Or line bottom of pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, heat the butter until it turns golden brown. This may take a while, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat, and let cool. Strain if there are any darkened solids in the butter.
  3. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine browned butter and both sugars.
  5. Beat in eggs, using a paddle attachment, on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add vanilla, and beat to combine.
  6. Add flour mixture, walnuts, and toffee bits. Mix until thoroughly combined, and spoon into prepared pan. Smooth the top with a spatula.
  7. Bake until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes (do not over bake).
  8. Transfer to a wire rack to cool complete.
  9. Lift out using the edges of the parchment paper. Cut the blondies into 3-inch squares or smaller if desired.
  10. Blondies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.

 

 

p.s.  So.. I forgot to read through the recipe and by mistake I put the dry ingredients in the mixer, turned it on then threw in the butter and sugar and mixed again. And, you know what, the Blondies still turned out perfect…

How did I do that??

 

  • You and me both… I forgot my “to do list” for the weekend in the lab. Had to do another one. BUt at least I found some scratch paper laying around ;-)

    Beautiful photos, loved the yellow theme and your new banner photo too!

    I love blondies, to me they are better than brownies.

    Hope you are having a nice Sunday….ReplyCancel

    • Thanks!! The banner is fun, it can be changed for each post but the homepage banner still stays the same. Always finding new things to do with this software:)ReplyCancel

  • My blonde friend used to say to me that it was blondes like me that gave blondes a bad name! Wonderful blond brownies! cReplyCancel

  • What a beautiful post, Smidge. I love the plate!ReplyCancel

  • Your blonde moment is beautiful, Smidge.ReplyCancel

  • These delightful little bars look delicious! We love Blondies in our house, almost as much as brownies. Your photography is stunning! A beautiful (and entertaining) post. :)ReplyCancel

  • I love the title of this post :) made me smile this morning. And the addition of skor bars is brilliant!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    Even all the way from Maui I love to be entertained by your delightful writing and beautiful photography and the blondes look awesome too! Have a great Sunday!ReplyCancel

  • What a brilliant, beautiful, sun-drenched, Spring-y post, Smidge! Recipe looks wonderful, but your photographs are Gorgeous! (Your post has me wondering if, somewhere far down our family tree, i had a fair-haired ancestor. There’s just far too many blonde moments for a brunette to explain otherwise!) xoxoReplyCancel

    • I’m certain we’re related.. but perhaps not because of those blonde moments:) I can’t picture you having any of those!ReplyCancel

  • Ooh, I’d have a blonde moment for one of those!ReplyCancel

  • Those daffs are so cheery – in fact, this whole post is! Leave it to you to turn forgetfulness into something awesome :DReplyCancel

  • Very entertaining post! I started off my Sunday with a chuckle!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful photos!ReplyCancel

  • What gorgeous photos! The blondies look delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Loving your post and the photos just beautiful:) Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Ahh, daffodils, one of my all time favourite flowers. I didn’t know brownies without the chocolate were called blondies. I’m a sucker for toffee so this recipe is right up my street. Can I ask where the bowl you put the walnuts in is from? I love all the lovely colours and patterns!ReplyCancel

    • I didn’t know either and always wondered why they were called Blondies.. so now we know:) That bowl is part of a measuring set from Anthropology.. they have a lot of beautiful stuff… it’s dangerous to go in there!ReplyCancel

  • The best way to look at the positives of life – love this post and recipe :D
    Great pictures too!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Marbled Muffintopcookiecake HybridReplyCancel

  • prairiesummers

    Haha love your blond moments, they made me laugh…just because they remind me of myself…ReplyCancel

  • I’ve never heard of putting toffee bits in blondies, but I bet that is good. Loved your title and the daffodils, which are blooming here now (but the rooves were frosted last night).ReplyCancel

  • Blondies are quite a new thing to me, but I do know quite a few blondes, and I’ve never known any of them to have a so called “blonde moment”.. ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Love the post! The photos are beautiful and the Blondie moments put a smile on my face! The Brown Butter Blondie’s are on my to do list!ReplyCancel

  • That gave me a good laugh Smidge. I could relate on so many levels. You forgot the one about forgetting what you were saying half way through a sentence! And I am very thankful for those birthday reminders on FB too. Your blondies look very yummy. I love blondies – very sweet and chewy.ReplyCancel

    • Good one!! I’m afraid there are quite a few more blunders I could have mentioned.. at the top of my list is forgetting names…ReplyCancel

  • I love all the spring like yellow in this post – the bunches of daffodils are super cheering. I have so many forgetful moments – like walking into a room to get something and totally forgetting what I went in to get. The blondies look yummy. xo BReplyCancel

  • I’m about as far from being blonde as one can get but that doesn’t mean I’m “moment-free.” I waste more time standing in front of the open refrigerator, wondering why I’m there. One day soon, I hope I’ll remember it was to get another of the ingredients to make these blondies. What a fun way to introduce a recipe!ReplyCancel

    • Oh, dear.. guilty as charged.. let’s just say we’ve opened the refrigerator door to admire our food and to cool off just for a minute, shall we?ReplyCancel

  • Lovely blondies (much nicer than chocolate to me) and gorgeous daffs! Now..did you ever have to call a client saying you´d be late for a meeting because you couldn´t find your glasses so you couldn´t drive? Then open the fridge to get a bottle of water and find your glasses in there?! No, I thought not ;)ReplyCancel

    • Oh, dear, now that’s a good one!! I haven’t done that one yet, but I think I know someone who has;)ReplyCancel

  • I loved your blonde moment too :) What a delicious recipe… Thank you dear Barbara, have a nice week, with my love, niaReplyCancel

  • This is such a bright post :) I love the daffodils and the blondies sound divine too :)ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful! But, wait a minute, do y’all really have daffodils blooming in Calgary in February?? We’re seeing some—but, even for here in Kentucky, it’s far too early…ReplyCancel

    • Oh, I would wish we did have them blooming here! These are from our local grocers.. I keep trying to bring spring home early:)ReplyCancel

  • Ahhh, I’ve been a dull brownette for a very long time–bet my last blonde days were before I hit eight years old–but there isn’t a thing on your hilarious list of supposedly blonde accomplishments that I don’t manage to do with great regularity, so at least my Casper the Friendly Ghost paleness must think I should be blonde or something. What a fabulous post!! I didn’t know whether to stay here on the floor laughing my fool (brown-haired) head off or tear into the kitchen to make these Blondies. I’ve always loved Blondies (my sister’s and my college addiction, to a rather dangerous degree!), I am addicted to brown butter, and I know at IKEA I can get my favorite Scandinavian toffee (great flavor, nice texture somewhere between crunchy and crumbly with just a bit of chew under creamy Scandinavian chocolate): Daim. Well, soon, but I’m not done laughing over here just yet. :DReplyCancel

    • I was a white blondie baby.. but have a little help these days;) I know what you mean about the browned butter.. I could imagine it in all sorts of recipes. I’ll work on giving you another good laugh soon! xo SmidgeReplyCancel

  • Love blondies, delicious…your pictures and post are beautiful. I pinned it on pinterest.ReplyCancel

  • This post, and the pictures are lovely! I love the purple china and yellow flowers. The recipe seems amazing too!ReplyCancel

  • Wonderful photos as always.ReplyCancel

  • I can so relate! I absolutely adore you. Thanks, I have these pinned I just hope I don’t forget which board I pinned them to. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Smidge, these look absolutely delicious!!! I haven’t had a blondie in ages!! And I just saw the blonde roast at Starbucks. I may have to give it a shot the next time I’m in there. The daffodils – spring! Love it. I think I will pick some up this week. They look so cheerful, warm and welcoming. :)ReplyCancel

    • Thanks, Kristy, it does make me feel happy to see spring flowers in the kitchen.. it’s so brown out right now!ReplyCancel

  • I could only enjoy half of this lovely post as for some strange reason I cannot read the yellow text – what a pity. Beautifully photographed and great recipe though.
    :-) MandyReplyCancel

  • Greg is right, you always have the most wonderful photos. I can come here on an empty stomach and almost guarantee that I will leave here with an idea on what to eat or if I ate.. I just get hungry all over again lolReplyCancel

  • Smidge, your posts are wonderful, and brighten my day. I love your blondies :)ReplyCancel

  • I adore blondies, and with brown butter and skor toffee in them, too? Just perfection. You photos always make me smile, but these sunny daffodils and your blonde theme worked especially well to me today!ReplyCancel

  • Lol! As a natural blonde (at least as a child…), I have moments like you described all the time. But I’m bookmarking these so I don’t forget. :)ReplyCancel

  • I make lists to not forget, but sometimes I forget which writing pad I used and then I go on a wild seach. I can tell you that if I had one of these lovely blondies on hand, the search would be that much more pleasurable!ReplyCancel

  • Wow! Now that is rich! YUM!ReplyCancel

  • A magical post again, Barbara! I love the spring feel as well.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I just love this post. It’s all my blonde moments rolled into one handy list! Including the Blonde Roast and Martha’s Blondies!! You’re the best Smidge. You really are. :) Your words make me feel so much better about my day and your photos make me smile. I absolutely love coming here because I know everything’s gonna be brighter when I do :)

    I agree with Malou – magical post!ReplyCancel

    • Thanks, Sarah, it means a lot to be able to give readers like you a happy feel-good moment in the day!ReplyCancel

  • YUM! such a cute post. can’t wait to try.ReplyCancel

  • You had me at browned butter! Yum!! :)ReplyCancel

  • http://www.thekitchn.com/best-food-photography-on-a-blog-nominations-the-homies-2012-166623#nominate
    I have nominated your blog in here, dear Barbara! Thank you, with my love, niaReplyCancel

  • With lack of sleep, even platinum blondes have their moments….Thanks for getting us all to look on the bright side today. We might all have our blonde moments but I will not forget these blondes!ReplyCancel

  • I love blondies twice or more as much as I love brownies..and these are exactly how I love my blondies, with perfect add-ins like toffee bits and nuts, although I would probably add white chocolate chunks too..because I always have. I’m still waiting for you to adopt me..lolReplyCancel

  • Just remember: blonde is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Hehe, Blondies, eh? I am sure these taste awesome, or maybe even better than their cousin brownies:p Oh, don’t worry about it, I am sure that Starbucks did not come up with that flavor to mock your moments; it was clearly for marketing purposes;)
    I just loved the way you wrote your post, it’s just so creative and refreshing, not to mention funny!:DReplyCancel

  • This reminded me of my mother. She lost all of her hair going through chemotherapy and my father bought a blonde wig for her. Whenever she would wear the wig and forget something, she’d say, “I’m having a blonde moment. Let me take this wig off so I can think better.” Mom had quite the wit. :D

    I’m on a mission to lose weight, but those Blondies look so good that I might have to treat myself and make some.ReplyCancel

  • I make iced coffee with Starbuck’s Blonde roast. I make the whole 12 oz. bag at once and then enjoy it for a couple weeks!ReplyCancel

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