I can’t explain exactly why, but I have been fixated on blondies for Valentine’s Day lately. But I just couldn’t bring myself to cut these into heart shapes (feel free to, though, or go for these instead), nor infuse them with beet juice until they were festively pink. I just wanted a really killer blondie, so that’s what we have here.
See that touch of red in there? That means they’re totally perfect for Valentine’s Day (don’t overthink it). But they’re not so syrupy sweet – literally or figuratively – that you can’t just make these any time. Aside from Valentine’s Day, acceptable reasons for whipping up a pan of these include: it’s a long weekend/your cat’s half birthday/the grocery store had your favorite brand of almond butter on sale/you just got a bag of Now Foods‘ perfectly roasted and salted buttery macadamia nuts (Seriously, try this brand of nuts if you can. They’re perfect.)/you woke up and wanted a blondie.
Oh and speaking of almond butter, can I interest you in a riveting list of all of the ways you can adapt these to make them your own? What’s that? You thought I’d never ask?
Well, if you insist. You could…
- Use nearly any nut or seed butter, keeping in mind not to use anything that clashes with the flavor of the add ins. I suggest sun butter as an alternative, but you could also try cashew butter or maybe walnut butter.
- Use a different kind of dried berry if you don’t have cranberries handy. Cherries would also be delicious, or maybe even blueberries.
- Use homemade or store bought white chocolate. If you opt for the homemade, don’t forget to chop it to size, then freeze it and only incorporate it into the batter at the very last second before you pour the batter into the pan and shove it into the oven. Otherwise, it melts in the oven and you just get these greasy spots in your blondies. No one wants that.
- Under bake them slightly and use a cookie cutter to cut them into festive shapes.
- Eat them directly out of the pan with a spoon, no questions asked. Top with ice cream?
I love you, blondies. Will you be my valentine?
Nutrition Information: Yield: 16
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 181 Saturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 12mg Sodium: 54mg Carbohydrates: 13g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 7g Protein: 4g