Daddy-O spent yesterday morning planting a garden. Just a small one this year, mostly vegetables for salads. And there is also an herb garden. In appreciation for his hard work (and all the hard work that's coming in the months ahead), I made him a special treat just so he knows I understand how hard he worked. I also didn't want him to think I was sitting around inside doing nothing while he was outside working so hard.
There was also another reason for making him a treat. I drove to downtown Greenville last night to have dinner with a friend—a girls night out! Since I was leaving him home for the evening, I left a pan of blondies to keep him company. Blondies—basically butter and brown sugar held together with a little flour. Yum. This is so easy to stir up. No mixer needed. Just a big bowl and a sturdy spoon.
He ranked them right up there with Krispy Kreme doughnuts. That's high praise.
1/2 cup butter, melted (1 stick)
2 cups light brown sugar, packed
1-1/2 cups self-rising flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt butter over low heat or in the microwave. Mix in the brown sugar. Stir well. Add in the eggs. Gradually stir in the flour. Now add the vanilla and nuts. (Don't use an electric mixer, just stir with a spoon.)
Spread batter in a greased 9x9-inch pan. (I sprayed with PAM.) Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Test with a toothpick to make sure the center is done.
If you want a thinner, chewier Blondie, use a 9x13-inch pan and bake for 20-25 minutes.