Saturday, January 28, 2012
Recipe: Cinnamon Toffee Blondies
This recipe is courtesy of Lauren from her blog Keep It Sweet and it was featured as a guest post on A Culinary Journey with Chef Dennis. I followed the original recipe as posted...except for some modifications due to a lack of cinnamon chips.
Where have all the cinnamon chips gone? (You can sing this Peter, Paul & Mary style. Go ahead, try) This recipe calls for cinnamon chips and my local King Soopers doesn't have them. In talking to a friend about this baking crisis, she said that she would see them in the stores when she lived on the East Coast. She also said she has a hookup in the ability to get any Hershey's product she wants. Including these. I admit that I didn't check more than one grocery store, so it could be that there are cinnamon chips in Denver, but that I didn't look hard enough. So I doubled the amount of cinnamon in the recipe from 1/2 teaspoon to a full teaspoon and was not disappointed.
The other ingredient of question was toffee bits. Now, sometimes I see the bags of Heath or Skor bits, but I don't know if that's what was originally intended. And I couldn't find them the day I was at the store. Can you buy toffee bits without chocolate? So instead I bought a bag of Heath miniatures (actually cheaper per ounce than buying a 6 pack of regular size bars) and chopped up 20 of them which provided about a cup of toffee bits.
Are they really Chewy Gooey? Yes. So much so that gettting them out of the pan, even lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray, took a little effort. And I was impatient, wanting to try them while they were still warm. Lots of love from my friends on the ski trip for these. And when I left Breck on Sunday afternoon I left the remainder for the crew staying until Monday. Why? Keeping them out of my kitchen so that I don't sabotage my attempt at healthier eating more than I already have.
Cinnamon Toffee Blondies - Second Batch
My sister scoured a couple different grocery stores, finally finding both cinnamon chips and Hershey's Bit O' Brickle at an Albertsons on Mississippi. I made a second batch, partially as a bribe to one of her friends and the other for her office (not bringing any to my office, since we're just one month in to a three month weight loss challenge). These were even better than the first batch. I baked them for about 40 minutes and WOW!