I have been making these blondies since 2007. My mom and I went on a trip to New York and I was obsessed with Sex & the City. We took the Sex & the City tour of New York which included a stop to Magnolia Bakery and I fell in love.
Since these blondies have been on my menu for years, always with a few variations, I depend on the same core recipe. The original recipe comes from the Magnolia cookbook. I'm a little more free with the recipe than they are. You can mix up the add ins for a different bar (white chocolate cranberry blondies anyone?).
I made them for Valentines Day and gave half of them away so that we would eat them. For those of you following Weight Watchers these are 11 sp (which is why I gave a ton away).
•1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
•1 cup brown sugar
•1/2 cup white sugar
•Vanilla extract (2 tsp or 2 dashes)
•1 1/2 cup flour
•1 tsp baking powder
•1/4 tsp salt
•4 oz dark chocolate chunks
•2 oz white chocolate chunks
I love baking for the holidays, and I find that baking helps to calm me and let's me regroup when I'm in my new Mommy sleep deprived state. Normally I participate in a cookie Christmas exchange but since I'm not at work I haven't done that this year so I'm starting to bake cookies now.
To start I tried a Robin Hood recipe, Chocolate Mint Sparklers. I picked this as chocolate mint because is Jordan's favourite flavour. We even had a layer of our wedding cake in the flavour so it seemed like the perfect cookie to start the season. I only had to made a few adjustments, overall the recipe was super easy and yummy.
These are also family approved!
**I froze over half of these in wax paper and tin foil so we have some for Christmas Eve **
What's your favourite holiday cookie? Any recommendations for what I should bake next?
Every year we do a cookie exchange at work. In mid November we send an invite out for people to participate and then select a date in mid December to do the exchange.
This year there were 6 of us who participated (so we had to make 5 dozen cookies, a dozen for each person) and due to the generosity of those who bake I am now set for the holidays.
I thought I would share the holiday baking with all of you,via the recipes.
Peanut Butter Clusters (top row left)
In a double boiler slowly melt 3 cups of chocolate chips & 2 cups butterscotch chips. Add 2 cups unsalted peanuts. Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto parchment paper.
Chocolate Macaroons (top row right)
Mix: 3 cups rolled oats, 1 cup sweetened coconut and 6 tbsp cocoa. In a pot mix: 2 cups white sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup butter, bring to a boil. Add dry ingredients and mix, remove from heat. Spoon onto wax paper to set.
Twix Cookies (middle row left)
Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies (middle right)
For the full recipe visit Miss Martha Stewart's website at:
Chocolate Chow Mein Clusters (bottom left)
In a microwave melt the following (takes about 3 minutes but don't forget to stir)
Mix until coated evenly and drop spoonfuls onto wax paper. Refrigerate until set.
Christmas Shortbread (bottom right)
This one was my contribution - you can find the recipe here.
Every year I host a Christmas cookie exchange at work and I typically make my Aunt Marion's shortbread.
I have no clue where she got the recipe originally but I do know it is a crowd favorite. It is super easy but you have to use the full amount of flour - or else!!! Best part - this makes at least four dozen cookies!!!
Tip: these are great for the holidays as you can freeze the dough in a log and then slice and cook as company shows up.
What is your go to Christmas cookie??
Today is Labour Day, the CNE will be closing and kids will go back to school,so to me, IT IS FALL!!
So I've kicked of the transition of season with Pumpkin Spice Molasses Cookies. They've been hugely popular in our house (so much so Jordan has forgotten how many he's had)!
Jordan's Nana makes amazing ginger cookies but I can't seem to get the hang of it - so these are Nana inspired.
These cookies are soft and chewy and taste like fall!