we were invited to Aaron’s co-worker’s house last night to “give them a cooking lesson”.
Aaron is quite the cook, and I like to think I’m quite the baker. We’re a pretty good team.
So, for my part of the deal, I decided on this recipe (discovered on the yummy blog: Eat Me, Delicous)
Cream Cheese Swirl Blondies
(photo snagged from Eat Me, Delicious because the blondies were devoured before I could snap a photo of my own)
They were relatively easy to make (I say “relatively” because Aaron was cooking while I was baking, and there is just simply not enough room in ANY kitchen for us to do that without some sort of frustration) and very tasty!
Especially the cream cheese aspect of it, which turned out to be so yummy that I think I will now be using cream cheese frosting instead of butter cream for my cakes/cupcakes in the future– and I think the cream-cheese/sugar concoction for this recipe would be a perfect frosting).
Cream Cheese Swirl Blondies
Found on the yummy and fabulous Eat Me, Delicous blog, who adapted the recipe from Martha Stewart (originally found in Holiday Cookies Special from 2005)
Makes 9 large or 16 small squares.
11 tablespoons (1 stick plus 3 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
1 2/3 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a buttered 8-inch square baking pan with parchment, allowing a 2-inch overhang. Butter lining (excluding overhang); set pan aside.
2. Whisk together 1 2/3 cups flour, the baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl, and set aside.
3. Put 9 tablespoons butter and the brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla; mix until combined. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture, mix, scraping down sides of bowl, until well combined. Transfer to a large bowl.
4. Put cream cheese, granulated sugar, remaining 2 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons flour, 1 egg, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla into the clean bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; beat on medium speed until just smooth.
5. Pour half the blondie batter into prepared pan, and spread evenly with an offset spatula. Spoon two-thirds of cream-cheese mixture on top, and spread evenly. Drop dollops of remaining batter on top (spacing about 1 inch apart), and spread. Top with dollops of remaining cream-cheese mixture, about 1 inch apart.
6. Gently swirl cream cheese mixture into batter with a butter knife, running the knife lengthwise and crosswise through layers. Bake until golden brown and a cake tester inserted into center comes out with a few crumbs but is not wet, 45 to 47 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into squares.
try them out! and go check out the Eat Me, Delicious blog for some tasty recipes!