I still use the same laundry basket I had as a teenager. It’s missing a handle on one side, isn’t big enough, and always digs into my hip. Every single time I use it <– pretty darn often, I’m annoyed. Money isn’t growing off trees at our house or anything (I wish), but I’m pretty sure we can afford a new laundry basket. Someone please tell me why I allow myself to be annoyed multiple times a week/sometimes day and stare at this hideous turquoise green broken basket. Are there things in your life that you just deal with and don’t bother replacing? Seriously the thought never occurred to me to just, BUY A NEW ONE ALREADY.
This recipe from Baking Bites is the opposite of the thorn in my side called a laundry basket. It’s always easy, always delicious, and I (usually) always have the ingredients handy. Which is why when we had friends coming for din and I had only planned for the actual dinner part of the evening and nothing sweet, I thought, “I know! I’ll make snickerdoodle blondies!” As we were cleaning up the dishes, I threw butter and sugar into the mixer and let it cream away. Then I went to grab an egg. Nada, zilch, NOTHING in the fridge. WHAT THE HECK. WHO doesn’t have ONE EGG in their dang fridge?! Apparently, me.
I was so annoyed! Even more frustrated because it’s those moments where we miss our old neighborhood. We had neighbors all around us where I would’ve run over and asked for an egg in a heartbeat and milk and wine and whatever else we
needed wanted. Because they were all awesome like that. In our new place, we are all cordial and they are sweet but we don’t know them well or have that kind of relationship. I definitely wasn’t comfortable walking up to our neighbors mostly dark house, ringing the doorbell, and asking for an egg. Even after some wine. And maybe a leeetle sake. =0
So, no snickerdoodle blondies for us. *SAD FACE* We raided the freezer and had mint chocolate chip and marionberry pie ice cream in cones instead. Still good, but NOT these! The next day we grabbed eggs and I made the blondies. It had been a while since we had them and I forgot just how darn GOOD these are. Cinnamon sugar doughy snickerdoodle heaven. Just YES. And I’m pretty sure this chick was happy I wasn’t able to make them the first time so she got to partake =)
- ½ cup butter, room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 Tablespoon sugar + 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick spray.
- In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in salt, egg, and vanilla extract until well combined.
- Add in flour and stir until combined.
- Pour dough (it will be very thick) into prepared baking dish and smooth it into an even layer. You may need to use your hands here!
- Stir together remaining 1 Tablespoon sugar and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
- Sprinkle dough evenly with cinnamon sugar mixture.
- Bake for about 25-30 minutes, until bars are set and the edges are very lightly browned.
- Cool in the pan before slicing.