M&M Blonde Brownies (or Giant Cookie)

I didn’t “get” baking for a long time.  Truth be told was that I really didn’t have a REASON to bake.  In my opinion, baking costs “extra” money (I see it as a novelty). Baking is, well, fatty.  And it’s really hard to bake something for just myself and not eat all 5,000 calories of it in a matter of days.

Well, the tides have turned though!  I went to a brunch potluck meetup in a park a few weeks ago and decided that instead of buying something, I was going to bake.  I’ve baked successfully in the past (I made a pretty awesome lemon poppy seed cake with glaze for a friend’s birthday last year…AND enjoyed doing so), but never really saw the value until I made something for the brunch potluck.  This blondie/cookie creation wasn’t what I made, but I did catch the baking bug and made this when my boyfriend went on a business trip and I was left to my own deVICEs (ha. ha.).

This was pre-blog, so I don’t have too many pictures, but this recipe is BANGIN! It’s really simple and if you put it in a large enough pan, it turns out more like a thick cookie.  This also happens if you cook it so it’s a little moist and not completely cooked through.  It’s so good I made it again last week…and forgot to take pictures.  Kudos to Inside BruCrew Life for this M&M Blonde Brownies recipe.

M&M Blonde Brownie

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups flour

1 1/2 cups M&M candies (I used dark chocolate)

Directions (modified because…who has a mixer):
1. Stir the butter and brown sugar together until creamy. Add the eggs and vanilla and stir more. Mix together the salt, baking powder, and flour. Slowly mix into the butter mixture. Stir in 1 cup of the M&M’s.
2. Spread the batter in a greased baking dish.
3. Bake at 350 degrees for 23-25 minutes. Let cool or start going crazy while it’s still warm!
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