Maple Butter Blondie

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I feel obligated to point out that I am not one of those people who take stunning shots of food! You might have noticed! Maybe it’s just that the food I make, while delicious, was never meant to be photographed…… This is Tony’s all time favorite dessert from Applebee’s, so I knew I’d have to try this recipe!
This delicious recipe came from Get Off Your Butt and Bake.
To make your brownie batter you need:
•1/2 tsp baking powder
•1/8 tsp baking soda
•1/8 tsp salt
•1 cup flour (she said sifted, which I didn’t do)

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Combine these for ingredients first.

•1/3 cup butter, melted
•1 cup packed brown sugar
•1 egg
•1 tbsp vanilla. extract

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•1/2 cup white chocolate chips
•1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Once your butter is completely melted, stir in your brown sugar until it’s well combined. Add your egg and vanilla extract, stir again. Add your flour mixture slowly. Once it is a super thick batter, add your white chocolate chips.

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There was not a lot of batter once it was all said and done, hardly enough to layer the bottom of my 9×9 baking dish.

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The batter tasted good, so onward we go!
Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes.

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*A tip from my mistake* The center may seem a little squishy, but do not continue baking or your brownie will be very tough to chew!

On to the sauce part!
•3/4 cup maple syrup (she said to use real maple syrup, but I used the Great Value stuff and it was delicious)
•1/2 cup butter
•3/4 cup brown sugar
•1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Great the maple syrup and add your butter. One butter is melted, add in the brown sugar and stir until it’s all dissolved. Add the walnuts last.

Put your brownie on a plate, scoop some ice cream, drizzle the sauce over the top and enjoy!
As stated, my brownies were a little tough to chew. Round two with this batch led me to crumbling up my brownie, adding a few scoops of ice cream and then sauce.

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It was delicious as well!

Bake on my friends, name on!

A Gift From the Sugarplum Fairy

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This is a pretty and self explanatory blog. The kids have recently become fans of one of my favorite Christmas movies, Care Bears, The Nutcracker. I love the story! The care bears add a layer of cuteness to an already wonderful story.
Since they started watching it, Chiara has fallen in love with the fact that the Prince’s ring was in the walnut. I had picked up this Frozen snowflake necklace a few months ago and I decided it was a perfect way to wrap it!
I simply took a few scraps of pink tissue paper for backing, wrapped the chain in it and placed it gently in the hollowed out walnut. Then all you have to do is close the walnut:

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I used blue yarn as that’s all I had handy, but you could use a pretty Christmas ribbon to make it more fancy.
I can’t wait to see her face when she finds it in her stocking this year!