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.
“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”.
I am a cookie monster, no question. I don’t make a lot of sandwich cookies for the simple reason that I know I shouldn’t eat as many. Two at a time? Oatmeal Carrot Sandwich Cookies are fun, tasty and full of healthy ingredients.
I was in one of those use up the ingredients in the refrigerator moods and found sour cream. I thought cupcakes sounded good so I went to my “White Cupcakes” recipe and found out I had remembered wrong, it called for buttermilk. I had my mind set on cupcakes so this recipe for Vanilla Cupcakes is the result.