Happy Valentine's Day!
While I'm busy decorating hundreds (thousands? millions?) of cupcakes today, I suggest you get busy making these blondies for your valentine!
Of course you don't have to cut them into hearts, but I highly recommend it.
Just make sure you don't let the scraps go to waste.
Brown Sugar Blondies with M&M's
Adapted from Baking Illustrated
1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 & 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup plain m&m's
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 13x9 inch pan with foil, letting the foil hang over the sides. Spray the foil with nonstick spray.
2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar and melted butter. Add the eggs and vanilla, and whisk until smooth.
3. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients with a rubber spatula, mixing just until combined. Stir in the m&m's.
4. Spread the batter into an even layer in the prepared pan. Bake for 22-25 minutes, or until the top is shiny and cracked and the center is set. Cool completely before cutting.
Makes about 10 hearts or 16 bars.