These blondies are ‘cinna’-fully good

The other night, after a stressful day, Joey took me to the local diner for ice cream. He knows that’s really all I need if I’ve had a bad day or I’m sick or I’m breathing…OK, so I’ll pretty much eat ice cream all day long, all year long if I can get away with it.

I ordered a custom shake with blueberry and cinnamon. Joey was unsure whether it would be delicious, but I assured him that pretty much anything sweet can handle a little cinnamon.

And I wasn’t wrong.

The cinnamon hypothesis also played out in this week’s recipe, which features it pretty heavily. If you’re not a fan of the spice, these blondies are not for you. I, on the other hand, loved them.

The recipe comes from the blog “Buns in My Oven.” Find it at http://www.bunsinmyoven.com/2015/12/01/blonde-brownies/. I added more vanilla and cinnamon to my version.

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Cinnamon Sugar Blondies

Ingredients

1/2 cup melted butter

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup flour

a healthy pinch of salt

5 teaspoons sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8-by-8-inch pan with cooking spray and set aside.

In a bowl, beat together the butter and brown sugar.

Beat in the egg and vanilla.

Mix in the flour and salt until it’s well-combined.

Pour the batter into the pan.

Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and then sprinkle it over the top of the batter.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let the blondies cool before slicing (if you don’t wait, be ready for them to fall apart).

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Truth be told, I didn’t wait to slice my blondies. They were super delicious warm, but they definitely weren’t as pretty as they could have been. Of course, beauty isn’t necessarily high on the list of traits I look for in a dessert, either.

I was a little glad that this was only an 8-by-8-inch pan’s worth of blondies, because I’m pretty sure I would have devoured a 9-by-13-inch pan’s worth just as quickly as these disappeared.

And the added bonus is that my kitchen smelled like cinnamon the rest of the day, and that always puts me in a good mood—even if it also makes me crave a little ice cream, too.

Lindsey Young is managing editor of The Clarion, the Kansas Publishing Ventures newspaper in Andale. She can be reached at lindseyclarion@gmail.com.

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