We LOVE blondies in our house. It is our favorite stand-by cookie recipe, and is super easy to make. So this Valentine’s Day, I decided to make heart-shaped blondies for a little festive treat. You can use heart-shaped cookie cutters, like I did, or sprinkle with pink and red m&m’s before baking to add a little color. If you really want to get fancy, you could drizzle with some melted chocolate after they’re cooled!
The recipe I’ve used for years is out of the Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book. I’ve honestly never even tried another recipe for blondies…I fell in love with these at first taste!
2 cups packed brown sugar
2/3 cup butter (please don’t substitute margarine…you’ll be disappointed!)
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 cup semisweet chocolate pieces
1 cup chopped nuts (although I never add the nuts)
Grease a 9×13 baking pan and set aside. In a medium saucepan heat brown sugar and butter over medium heat until butter melts and the mixture is smooth, stirring constantly. (By constantly, I mean do take a break to go check on your son who ran off and is playing again at the bathroom sink. *sigh*). Cool slightly.
Stir in eggs one at a time (I used duck eggs this time!), then vanilla. Stir in flour, baking powder and baking soda.
Spread batter in prepared baking pan. Sprinkle with chocolate pieces (and nuts, if using). Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool slightly. Cut into bars while still warm.