Quick Etsy shop announcement: this month’s new featured item is my Coconut Rum White Chocolate Blondie: perfect for pre-holiday season gifting! If you’re looking for other thoughtful gifts, you can browse my whole selection and learn more about the shop’s history here!
It’s clear what kind of a spinster I will be: not an old batty cat lady (I’m allergic to cats), but a decrepit little woman who bakes Coconut Rum Blondies at 4 AM after finishing a terrible Ginnifer Goodwin rom-com alone on my couch.
On the bright side, there are worse things. For example, I could be an old hag who runs around on her neighbor’s lawns scattering apple tree seeds and shouting at the top of my voice: “The British are coming! The British are coming!”
Or I could be without these blondies, and that’d be a crying shame, don’t you think?
Thankfully, a few nights ago I was chatting with one of my best friends and unofficial psychotherapist H, who finally talked me out of my three-week shlump. To celebrate my release from the fetters of romantic comedy films, I decided to start a dedicated Me-Time journal for the next 21 days, where I can write my scattered thoughts about the day’s events. However, it’s only Day 1 and I’ve already filled 8 pages with musings on life! Who knew anything actually buzzed in this tiny brain of mine, right?
One thing I realized over the course of those eight pages was that a) I’ve actually had a really amazing week, and b) I love the feeling of meeting and keeping in touch with new people. There’s something incredibly liberating about getting to know someone who has no preconceptions about who you are except what you show them while you’re chatting–in the past 3 days alone, I’ve met & become (at least Facebook) friends with 2 folks in Starbucks, 2 guys from an international siblings program, and at least a handful of really wonderful people from my friend J’s recent PhD graduation party.
hashtag #grateful #friends #feelz ?
I also find that life is so much sweeter when you’re singing a tune like Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat’s “Lucky”: Lucky I’m in love with my best friend, lucky to have been where I have been, lucky to be coming home again.
Attitude means everything. I know I’ve been griping a lot lately here about being down in the dumps (cough entitled cough), but diving into this week with its farmer’s market and coffee shop outings and Halloween party and get-togethers with a bright smile was honestly the best thing that could have happened.
Attitude, and these blondies, because there is nothing like a guaranteed baking success to get you in the mood to forge great relationships in the wide world.
My dear friend E has been asking me on behalf of her mom for a really good blondie recipe. I’ve made some killer blondies such as these amazing Biscoff/Cookie Butter Blondies,but for the normal person who doesn’t keep 10 jars of cookie butter stocked in her cabinet at all times, this blondie recipe is the absolute BEST–incredibly chewy and infinitely adaptable. (The photographs here are actually of those Coconut Rum Blondies I mentioned from my Etsy shop, but the base is really similar and this blondie base looks identical.)
So: who’s ready for some blondie success and an awesome new day?
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2/3 cup white chocolate chips or other chocolate chips
- Additional mix-ins of your choice (M&M's, chopped Oreos, coconut flakes)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8x8-inch or 9x9-inch baking pan and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together melted butter and brown sugar.
- Mix in egg and vanilla.
- Add flour, salt, and baking soda. Gently fold into wet ingredients until just incorporated.
- Fold in chocolate chips and any additional mix-ins.
- Pour batter evenly into prepared pan. Bake for 17-23 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out fairly clean with moist crumbs clinging to it. Remove to stovetop and allow to cool completely before cutting into squares. Enjoy immensely!
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