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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Sugar Rush

I have a sweet tooth. I'm not ashamed to admit it. And quite honestly I'm not too particular about what kind of sweet. I love candy. I enjoy cakes, cupcakes, cookies. I like natural sugar sources like fruits and fruit juices (not nearly as much as candy and cakes, but hey I'm trying).

When I was emptying my cabinets for my recent kitchen makeover I found an enormous amount (ok maybe not enormous, but a lot) of sugar buried in the back of my once very inefficient kitchen cabinets. I promptly removed sugar from my supermarket shopping list and started baking.

I still have a 2 bags of confectioner's sugar and one bag of brown sugar. Any ideas of what else I can make to use them up??

Black and White Blondies
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 1/4 cups dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 large eggs
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9x13 inch baking pan with cooking spray.

In a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat together the butter, cream cheese and the sugar for 3 minutes; scrape down the bowl as needed.
Add the vanilla and the eggs and beat for an additional minute.

Whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter and sugar mixture. Spread the batter into the prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 35-30 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the blondies to cool before cutting into 16 squares. Prepare the icing.

White Icing
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 teaspoon corn syrup
1/8 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
2-3 teaspoons milk

Black Icing
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 teaspoon corn syrup
1/8 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
3 teaspoons cocoa powder
3-4 teaspoons milk

In two separate bowls combine the icing ingredients. Spread a thin layer of each icing on one half of each blondie. Let harden before serving.


Anonymous said...

Oh, I came here looking for Smoked Salmon Spread and left with black and white blondies! Those look delish!
~The Cat's Pajamas

Veronica said...

The salmon is coming...meanwhile enjoy the blondies!!;-)

Prudy said...

I'll take the blondies over the salmon spread any day.:) Gorgeous work.

Emiline said...

Oh how cool! They look delicious.

Bake a cake and make frosting with the powdered sugar!

Beth said...

Yum, these look great.

Grace said...

how purty! :)
i can't see black-and-white anything without thinking about seinfeld and the episode with the black-and-white cookie. "look to the cookie!"
anyway, i love 'em. and i think you should make some cream cheese frosting with your powdered sugar. i think that's all i ever use it for. :)

Sydney said...

I'm going to have to give these a whirl! I haven't made blondies in years!

angie said...

I'd offer suggestions, but I'm still drooling over the blondies. Sigh.

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~*Paty*~ said...

Looks so yummy! I LOVE your header! Thanks for stopping by!