Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Toffee Blondies (Buttery Soft EXTRA Chewy Brownies) - Church PotLuck Desserts

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This recipe sort of starts my holiday baking season.  Actually my wife needed a little gift for the cleaning crew that takes care of her office in her inconvenient day job.  I remember having these as a child (50 years ago).

The brown sugar is melted into butter, making the whole thing so buttery soft and chewy.  The toffee bits are small and soften as well during the baking so the whole brownie is about as good, soft and EXTRA chewy as you can get.

The meld of flavors turns this into such a delicious Blondie, this classic will be a welcome asked for addition to your baking.  Once people try the flashy christmas pretty, these will be the ones that first show an empty plate!

And I even made em pretty by making a little aluminum foil duck for her to give the gifts.  Sure delicious, buttery, soft Blondie brownies are welcome but somedays you need a little panache presentation too!

OK... Here's what I did...

Toffee Blondies

  • 1-1/2 Sticks Butter
  • 1-1/2 Cups Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1-1/2 Cups Brown Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Cup White Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Cup Hershey's Brand Heath Milk Chocolate Toffee Bits
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line an 8X11-1/2 inch baking dish with parchment paper, cut a slit in each corner so the parchment sits flat on the bottom and each side. Use a non-stick spray on the top of the parchment to insure nothing sticks.
  3. in a medium heavy bottomed sauce pan, melt the butter. Add the sugar and whisk until everything combines. Continue to simmer and stir for about 5 minutes until everything is smooth. remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile in a small bowl, whisk together the remaining dry goods, the flour, salt and baking powder.
  5. In a separate small bowl, whisk the eggs.
  6. Now, combine the buttery sugar mix with the eggs, adding them in a slow stream while the mix is being whipped. also add the vanilla now and whisk everything to mix.
  7. Add the flour mix to the liquid butter and eggs. Stir until just combined, DO NOT OVER MIX.
  8. Add the white chocolate and the toffee bits and stir to evenly mix. AGAIN, do not over mix.
  9. Pour this mix into the parchment lined baking dish. spread so you have an even layer.
  10. Bake for 25 minutes, checking doneness after 20 minutes. It's ready when the top cracks slightly and a skewer inserted into the center comes out without moist pieces clinging to it. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Remove bars from pan using the parchment overhang. Cut into squares. Makes about 30-36 1 inch square brownies.
  11. Serve with COLD MILK and ENJOY!!!
And come look at my next post... I'll show you how to make DUCKS from Aluminum Foil for an easy, cute, clever gift wrap for friends to take a few home!


So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Ways to Cook COOKIE, BARS and TRUFFLES"!!!

Old school like classic criss cross peanut butter to new takes on interesting recipes like a beautiful Red Velvet with the cream cheese mixed inside the cookie, accented with white chocolate chips!  Even a Pineapple Cream Cheese EASY Bar with only 5 ingredients! 
Stop on by, there's always a new cookie in the cookie jar!


This recipe has also been added to my growing list of
"52 Church PotLuck Dishes"!

A list of something NEW worthy of being shown off at a neighborhood BYODish (Bring Your Own Dish) Party, a Family special occasion dinner, Any Big Holiday Gathering or of course that glorious day when you bring a dish to share with your Church family...

Ages ago, literally almost a half century ago I was listening to our pastor talking about a PotLuck Dinner. It happened to be scheduled around a church work day when we were expected to weed, polish and do general cleaning and maintenance around the church (you know, back in the day when there were no no-wax floors and church pews smelled of Old English furniture polish). I am of course paraphrasing, but as I recall the pastor said,

"A potluck, like a church requires work. At a potluck everyone is expected to contribute.. At a church no one should come empty handed and no one should leave unfed".
I will confess that in my youth I brought more store bought plastic spoons and forks than I ever brought covered dishes and crock pots of fresh made love and caring delights. But now that I have become a hobbyist cook, I occasionally am reminded of those days and people from my youth. I reminded and I do wish that I could drop a dish of some new creation on those old tables at my fondly remembered Liberty Baptist Church.  Tables covered with newspapers and loaded with God's bounty prepared with love and caring... Enjoy


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