"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Supermarket"
For Easter, I decided to make a dessert since I gave up desserts for Lent and I was craving something sweet and bad for me. I also needed something relatively fast and easy since I had limited cooking time. I thought Applebee's Blondie Brownies would fit well with my musical theme, and searched the internet for a close comparison. It's been a very long time since I had the Applebee's version, but I think this recipe was close enough. I love white chocolate, so it's a winner in my book. The maple glaze was delicious, although the recipe made WAY, WAY more sauce than what was needed.
Recipe #2: "Gentlemen Prefer Blondies"
"Gentlemen Prefer Blondies"
2 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped walnuts
2/3 cup butter
2 cups packed light brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 teaspoon maple extract
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add nuts. Set aside.
Melt butter. Add brown sugar, stirring until well mixed. Add egg and vanilla and stir. Gradually combine with flour mixture, and stir in white chocolate chips.
Pour into two 9" square baking pans and bake at 350º for 20-25 minutes.
To make sauce, combine syrup and butter and cook over low heat until butter is melted. Stir in brown sugar until dissolved and remove from heat. Beat in cream cheese and maple extract until smooth. Heat again in microwave if necessary. Serve over blondies with a scoop of ice cream if desired.