Monday, January 25, 2016

Frosted Vanilla Blondies

Last week we were invited to a birthday party play date for a friend.  Not one to arrive empty handed, and always one to use any excuse to make a sweet treat, it was the perfect reason to make blondies.  These are so quick and easy, a one dish treat that comes together in no time.  They have a whole lot of butter and sugar, so best to share them with friends as opposed to eating them all yourself.  I tortured my poor, deprived children by refusing to let them eat more than the ugly corner piece beforehand, so I think Colin had 4 at the party.
These are delicious as-is, with or without frosting, and amazing with the addition of chocolate chips.

From Smitten Kitchen

8 Tablespoons butter (1 stick), melted
1 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch salt
1 cup all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare an 8x8 pan by lining with parchment or buttering.
Beat melted butter and brown sugar until smooth.  Add egg and vanilla.
Mix in flour and salt until just combined.
Pour into pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, until set.
Allow to cool before slicing.

Vanilla Buttercream

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Beat butter until fluffy and smooth.
Add in sugar and beat well.
Add vanilla and mix until smooth and spreadable. If necessary, add a splash of milk to thin.
Spread frosting over cooled blondies.


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