So, I’ve been back in LA for a couple weeks now. I cleaned my apartment (aka – hired a maid to clean it, but same diff), I organized all the papers in my desk, paid bills, had coffee and drinks with many friends and have almost completely caught up on my Bravo shows. You know what I definitely have NOT been doing? Exercising. Eating healthy. Brushing Honey, which has enabled her fur to effectively take over our apartment.
BTW – did you know that there are people out there who will knit things from dog fur?? If I could do that and/or if those items were things that I thought people would actually buy, I would be a millionaire. Or at least I wouldn’t have to spend money on Christmas gifts ever again. Somehow though, I don’t see my family being very excited about receiving yet another doggy fur ball necklace. Except that I would totally guilt them into it, saying, “You know that my DOG gave up her fur coat JUST FOR YOU? And she is gonna be SO DISAPPOINTED if you’re not wearing it ALL WEEKEND.”
But I digress. My point is, that in keeping with the theme of not exercising or eating healthily I made these blondies. They are delicious. They are easy to make which means almost no calories were burned in the process. And they are made from butter and sugar, meaning the most possible calories were consumed. Winner, winner.
Nutty Blondie Bars
Recipe adapted from Mark Bittman
1 stick (8tbl) melted unsalted butter, plus more to grease the pan
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons Amaretto liquer or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup chopped pecans, or any other nut you prefer
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and 8 or 9 inch square pan with butter and dust with flour.
Cream together the butter and sugar, and then add in Amaretto and the egg. Scrape down the sides of the bowl in necessary to ensure everything is well blended. Gently stir in the salt and flours until fully combined, then stir in the nuts. Pour the mixture into the greased pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until it has barely set in the middle. It’s far preferable to have them be a bit undercooked rather than over to get that delicious chewy texture.
Cool on a wire rack and eat within a day or so, which shouldn’t be a problem at all.