1985. 7 years old. Stay with me here…I’m about to confess. I am trying to remember all the details.
I was watching TV when a blonde bombshell appeared on the screen, with lots of makeup, a bridal gown, and fantastically messy hair! And she was rolling on the ground with a microphone in her hand. If you don’t know who I’m talking about, yet, then you’re not a product of the 80’s… I’m sorry to hear that. 😉
This was the release of the video, “Like a Virgin”, by Madonna. I fell in LOVE. In love with Madonna, in love with Pop music, but most of all, I fell in love with blonde hair! As I was watching the video I remember turning to my mom and telling her that, “when I grow up, I want to have blonde hair!”. She agreed. At the time she was a fake red-head.
My real hair color is as dark as night. What’s on my head right now comes only after $200+ bucks.
Why am I telling you all this?!
Because, a few years ago when I heard that Brownies went blonde, I freaked out! In a good way. I felt that there was a justification for my fake hair color; That, if a Brownie can go Blondie, well, then, so can I.
Now that I’ve confessed about my bottled hair, let me get one other thing off my chest … I like Blondies waaaaay more than Brownies! Like, a lot more.
Maybe because I LOVE me some brown sugar!
These babies are chewy, sweet, and versatile. You can add anything to them and they will still taste great. I happen to like this combo, caramel and white chocolate, because I just really like caramel and white chocolate. I know that white chocolate is not chocolate, but whatever. I like it.
Feel free to add in, or substitute, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, nuts, dried fruits… anything goes.
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen
- 1 stick of butter , melted
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 whole egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup of all-purpose flour
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup caramel bits
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips , melted
Preheat oven to 350.
Grease an 8x8 pan and line with parchment paper.
In a large bowl beat together the butter and brown sugar until smooth.
Add in the egg and the vanilla, continue beating until incorporated.
In a separate bowl sift together the flour and salt.
Mix the flour into the brown sugar mixture with a wooden spoon until well blended.
Mix in the caramel bits.
Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the middle of the cake is set.
In the meantime melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave.
Cool the blondies before frosting and cutting.