Wow I almost forgot to post these! And that my friends, would have been a sin. You see, these pumpkin blondies are marvelous.. magically delicious, and totally wonderful, all rolled into one. The white chocolate flavor is much more subtle than many recipes that call for it. It compliments, but doesn’t overwhelm, so even the white chocolate snubbers will enjoy it.
Again, this marvelous cookbook, 400 Sensational Cookies by Linda Amendt, has proved to be a guarded addition to my kitchen. This is the third recipe I have made from it, each one equally enjoyable! The other two were the Cranberry Orange Spirals and the Chocolate Chip Espresso Cookies. In fact, today I will be making the dough for the CC Espresso Cookies and will keep it in the fridge for tomorrow when my dad visits. I may even freeze a tray of them and try them straight from freezer to oven.
1) First off, I don’t have a 9″x9″ baking pan. I have an 8″x8″ and a 13″x9″. I opted for the 8″x8″, reduced the temperature to 240 F and baked for 42 minutes. Worked perfectly. Other than that, I didn’t make any other changes. Whenever you use a smaller pan than called for in a recipe, reduce the temp 5-10 degrees and increase the baking time, checking them at the recommended time frame and increasing from there.
2) You won’t need a mixer for this, in fact I recommend NOT using one. This comes together very easily with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Using a mixer would most likely over beat the ingredients, leaving less than desirable results.
3) When melting butter, I recommend using the microwave, but do it for short intervals (15-20 seconds) on 50% power. When most of the butter has melted, remove it from the microwave and stir until any unmelted pieces blend in. Add another 5-10 seconds, again at 50% power, if needed. This way your butter won’t be too hot and it won’t come to a boil.
4) Oh, and I gave a little taste to my neighbor across the street. She emailed me later than night saying that she and her husband loved them. She also said they reminded her of something that her mother used to make. :)
5) Mine were like a cake. That could have been because of the size of my pan. Either way, they were fabulous! :)