Sometimes, the funnest things in the world are fun simply because they are easy.
Take regular brownies for example. Sometimes those can be fun, but there’s lots of measuring, and you have to work *really* hard to find a recipe that gives you that nice crinkly layer on top. Failed brownies are NOT fun. These blonde brownies, however, are fun. They’re easy, and they taste good any kind of ruined you can imagine: undercooked? More gooey goodness. Burned? Tastes like caramelized sugar. Forgot the chocolate chips? Well, they are blondies after all. And they are oh so good.
(Tried out the new “food” mode on my phone. Pretty slick.)
I got this recipe from my mom, who is the most direct communicator I know. So when her recipe said, “melt the butter. Stir in everything. Bake, 350, 25-30 minutes. Enjoy,” my first thought was, “oh God, I am so going to screw these up–they can’t be this easy!”
I was wrong. Here’s what you need:
1/2 c. butter, melted
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 c. flour
1 (or 2, if you’re making them for the hub-dubs) tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
As many chocolate chips as your little heart desires
Well, since the butter is melted (in a big bowl), throw everything in and mix. If everyone in your family likes chocolate, stir those bad boys in. if not, sprinkle them on your half before you bake 🙂
The other fun/easy part of these is that they use only six total dishes–one pan, one bowl, one rubber scraper, two measuring implements, and a cutting knife. For reals. When was the last time that you baked something that only took six dishes? You don’t even need to count plates because they rarely make it that far. They mix up so well it’s not even worth it to bust out the KitchenAid.
So, we’re back to mixing. Now you put everything in a pan–8×8 for thick brownies, or that awkward size that’s not quite 9×13 but everyone has one for some unknown reason for thinner brownies. You know, to feel less guilty when you have 2. Or 4. Or half the pan.
I grease and flour my pan because that’s the one thing Mom left out. I bet you could get away without it though.
Throw in the oven for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees. You can even forget about them for awhile–like I said, even burned tastes alright (and I’m speaking from experience).
So ideally, you let them cool and firm up a bit before cutting into them. Good luck with that. Almost half the pan is gone before they stop burning your fingers in our house.
And as Mom says, enjoy.