I love, love, love chocolate. But every once in while I feel like I should try something different. Even thought these “Blonde Brownies” are not completely chocolate free, they are close. It is a great recipe to pull out when you want a change of pace.
When I was a young mother with 4 kids running around the house I almost always had cookies in the cookie jar. Not only for the children, I am the biggest cookie monster of them all. Sometimes there wasn’t time to cook 4 dozen cookies a dozen at a time. My mother had a recipe for a bar cookie so I figured it could happen with any cookie recipe. Well it did for some cookies better than others. My boys still prefer their chocolate chip cookies in bar form. I found this recipe for “Snickerdoodle Bars” in the food network magazine and thought I’d give it a try. As usual I made a few changes. My boys were disappointed. “Snickerdoodles aren’t supposed to be bars” they said. They really are quite tasty, just different from traditional “Snickerdoodle Cookies” that they love.
1 cup butter melted
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
3/4 tsp soda
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
Line 9″ X 13″ baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside. Whisk sugar into melted butter. Add eggs and vanilla. Sift together flour, soda, cream of tartar and salt, stir into butter mixture. Spread dough in prepared baking dish. Sprinkle dough with desired amount of cinnamon sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool, remove from pan and cut into bars.
Frosting always finishes a cupcake and they look fantastic. As much as I love to make cupcakes look beautiful with all that wonderful sugary goodness – I don’t always like to eat it.
I found myself wanting to ask you, “Do you remember Ninja Turtles?”
Then I laughed because Turtles are back… they’re here…they never left – I’m not sure. My kids just discovered them and think they are sooo cool. I remember watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoons with my brothers. I loved those crazy pizza loving turtles. We sang the Turtle title song every episode and cringed at some of the gross things they ate on their pizza. Then after watching everything was “dude” and “cowabunga.”(ahh the 80’s) I don’t know why but Michelangelo was always my favorite turtle. Did you watch Turtles? Please tell me I’m not alone. Did you have a favorite?
My son doesn’t have a favorite turtle… yet. He just wants to be a Ninja Turtle so he can have pizza every night. Birthdays at our house are a big deal, but we do not go crazy. This year it would have been so much easier to just go visit a bakery, but I didn’t. I stayed with tradition. We try to keep birthdays pretty simple. Great, but simple. My not so little guy wanted a Lego Turtle Cake for his birthday. I try really hard to make a special cake the way my kiddos want it, even if I have to reach outside of my comfort zone and learn something new. But I didn’t know how to pull this one off. So I decide to cheat just a little bit and top the cake with Turtle Legos. I saw a couple of small Lego sets when I was at the store and thought perfect. But because said birthday boy was with me I didn’t buy the Legos. BIG MISTAKE, BIG – HUGE. I procrastinated too long and when I went back the small sets were all gone.(grrrr!) I already had is birthday present so buying the large set just didn’t make sense. So I’m wondering the store mentally kicking myself for waiting too long and trying to think of a plan B.
I ended up back in the toy section looking at Turtle figures. Turtle cake topper worked, but it need something else. So off the the frozen food section for what Turtles and my guy love most of all PIZZA. I think plan B turned out okay…so did the Birthday Boy! (phew)
Hope you enjoy our Ninja Turtle Birthday Cake.
Some other Cake creations you might like…
“Oatmeal Cake” is a treat from my childhood. It is one of those old recipes of my mothers that came from who knows where. It really isn’t the most beautiful cake to look at but the taste makes up for it. It is moist with a light crust that tops an almost caramel layer. It is quite addicting. My husband said as he was eating one of the last pieces,” I know why you don’t make this very often.” My reply,” because I could eat the whole pan.” His retort back, ” so could I”.