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In need of a quick and tasty dessert recipe? Check this one out!

big hit blondies

Recession Mama Michele Ashamalla: I have a great new recipe I found online when I needed to bring a dessert to a party with a lot of kids. I had all the ingredients in my cupboard, and the recipe was super easy. Unlike many traditional brownies, these sliced beautifully, and the cleanup was a breeze. Also, instead of making an 8 x 8 tray, they baked in a 9 x 13 pan -- so you ended up with almost twice as much. I was going to run out and buy a dessert because I had been so busy that week, but instead, I used about $1 or $1.50 worth of ingredients I had and made the first dessert to vanish at the party. I used chocolate chips, and since I didn't have light brown sugar, I used 1 cup white and 1 cup dark brown sugar. The original recipe is below, and was submitted by Gretchen Grant on the website Thanks, Gretchen!

Big Hit Blondies (and they were!)


½ cup butter, softened
2 cups light brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
1 ½ cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips (or nuts)

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs.

Sift together the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt.

Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet. Then add vanilla. Stir in chips, nuts, M&Ms, or whatever strikes your fancy. (But don't use those crispy M&M's -- they dissolve all to nothing in the oven, leaving nothing but funny-colored holes.)

Spread the batter evenly in a 9 x 13 pan.

Bake at 350° F for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

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