Things have been a mixture of both crazy hectic and restful lately. My "To-Do" list is long and my calendar is full, but the weather has been utterly gorgeous lately and I find myself curled in a chair reading every chance I get. Our crazy schedule must be wearing Ladybug out, because she has been taking some epic naps this week (the other day she napped from 12:30 to 5!!!)
Instead of taking care of things I should be doing, or need to be doing (like dishes and laundry), I find myself doing things that I want to be doing. Like planning someone's second birthday party (two months early...) or reading an entire book in two days (I haven't done that in so long, I love it!)
I made these amazing bars for a bake sale that I helped out with last week. I have been wanting to make them for a while, and so I jumped at the chance to actually make them! In truth, they are butterscotch and caramel bars, but I am really certain that they taste just like getting a Butterbeer from The Three Broomsticks. It is super rich, buttery, caramely and butterscotchy. The bars themselves are perfect -gooey and soft. They make me want to go back and read the Harry Potter series again (for the 11th time) or at least have a marathon movie watching day (for the 85th time). After turning in all my bars for the bake sale, Joel and I snacked on the few crumbs and crusty edges I left for us, and were immediately sad that I gave them all away. I've already been
asked told that I need to make these again, and soon. And I whole heartedly agree! In fact, I might make them again tomorrow!
Butterbeer Blondies (Sugarcrafter)
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
2 sticks butter, softened
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 TBSP caramel
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups butterscotch chips
Preheat the oven to 325.
Spray a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and baking powder.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars and until smooth.
Add in the egg and beat for 1 minute.
Beat in the caramel and vanilla.
Gradually add the dry ingredents until just combined.
Using a rubber spatula, stir in the butterscotch chips.
Evenly spread the batter into the prepared baking dish.
Bake 40-50 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out mostly clean (the inside will still be a little gooey), and the top is golden brown.
Transfer the dish to the top of a wire rack and allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.