Malt and Chocolate Blondies

I kicked off this weekend with another girls night at Aron’s (with Page and Alyssa).  I made these for dessert, and sampled a couple of them before heading over.  I am pretty sure they liked them as much as I did.  They have malted milk powder, chopped Whoppers, and mini chocolate chips (I left out the walnuts) so how can you go wrong?

Saturday was our fifth anniversary, and of course I have no idea how 5 years have already gone by.

We decided to hold off on any elaborate celebrations until the babysitters (aka my parents) move to the area (this week), so we took a day trip to Sacramento to see our friends and the cute house they bought.  We spent most of the time there hanging out under the huge, gorgeous sycamore tree in their front yard and missing the days when we lived right across the hall from each other in a huge old Victorian house in San Luis Obispo.

By the time we got home we were way too lazy to make dinner, so we had Indian food delivered, watched an episode of Suits, and called it a night.  Not the most romantic anniversary ever, but we appreciated the simplicity of it. Plus, it was great to discover that there’s decent Indian food nearby.

On Sunday we decided to make the trek into the city (which really isn’t a trek on Sunday mornings, thank God, because pretty much any other time the combination of tunnel + bridge traffic makes me never want to leave our little suburban bubble) to go to our beloved Rainbow Grocery.

Ellie has become significantly more challenging to shop with, but we stocked up on all the things you can’t get in bulk at our nearby Whole Foods.

Since we were in the neighborhood, we stopped in at Sightglass for coffee.

When we got back to the suburbs, we decided we both needed new running shoes, and I ended up with these obnoxiously loud Brooks Pure Connects.  I ran in Pure Cadences for months and loved them, but wanted something a little more minimal and these definitely are.

We went for a quick 4-mile run and they felt awesome (SO light!) I kind of wish they weren’t so bright because I feel like you need to be pretty fast to pull off that color.

CIM training kicks off today in the most anti-climactic way possible (rest day) but Tuesday I’m going to attempt to squeeze in 8 miles on the treadmill before leaving for work at 7 AM.  I’m SO HAPPY to be training for something again after a few months of aimless running.

Malt and Chocolate Blondies

Ingredients

  • 2 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp malted milk powder
  • 14 tbsp butter, cut into 1" chunks
  • 1 3/4 cups dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped Whoppers (or Maltesers)
  • 3/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and grease a 13 x 9" baking pan.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, malted milk powder, and salt together in a medium bowl.
  3. Cream the butter and brown sugar until fluffy in the bowl of a stand mixer.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well and scraping down the bowl after each addition, then add the vanilla.
  5. Stir in the flour mixture and mix on low until just combined. Gently stir in the Whoppers and mini chocolate chips.
  6. Spread the dough evenly into the prepared pan (it will be pretty thick).
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Place the pan on a wire rack until completely cool, then cut the blondies into squares to serve.
http://catesworldkitchen.com/2012/09/malt-and-chocolate-blondies/

(barely adapted from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking)

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6 comments to Malt and Chocolate Blondies

  • DEFINITELY a fan of this recipe :) YUM!! Thanks again for coming over, it was so fun to catch up with you girls.

  • I’m pretty sure you can pull of that color :) I have to chime in and I say I LOVE my Brooks PureConnect. I never thought I was a Brooks girl, but those shows have proved me wrong!

  • ‘Significantly more challenging to shop with’….hahah….I identify with that phrase SO much. I’ve not been to Sightglass….it looks amazing.

    Your new shoes are amazing…I’m starting to feel like I need new ones too ;)

  • Happy anniversary, guys! I’m thinking back to your posts from the past few years–what an awesome five years you’ve had!

    p.s. I know you’re fast enough to pull off that color!

  • I forgot this was such a big week for you. Happy Anniversary to you and Mike and happy early birthday to Ellie!

  • Well seeing as how you ARE pretty damn fast…I think you’ll have no problem pulling those babies off. :) I was a Brooks wearer for years but recently switched to Saucony Omnis. I just couldn’t take it after they changed up my Adrenalines!

    Happy anniversary to you and Mike! And damn girl do I ever want those blondies in my life.

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