I have a million things to say right now, but none of them I wish to share with the world, or with anyone but one person really. I haven’t been particularly thrilled the past few days. Sometimes I wonder about certain decisions I’ve made and things I’ve done/said. Anyway, I’ve decided to write in my diary about what I’m feeling right now and just say hello and post a recipe today, no overdramatic stories, poems, or thoughts for now, ha ha! This is just a fun and easy recipe for when you’re craving something sweet (or are grumpy, depressed, and annoyed at everything and everyone…lol) I hope you are all doing well.
I found the recipe on one of my favorite cooking blogs, Smitten Kitchen. It’s a simple recipe that you can adapt to include whatever you like, which is always good. I added toasted walnuts and mashed bananas because that’s what I could find in my kitchen, ha! I think butterscotch chips would be really good in them too. It’s not the most fancy or pretty, decorated dessert, but it’s tasty and simple, exactly what I needed today.
Recipe adapted from Smittenkitchen.com, where it was adapted from How to Cook Everything
2 sticks of butter, melted
2 cups brown sugar (I mixed light and dark brown sugar)
2 large egg
2 teaspoon vanilla or 1 teaspoon almond extract
Pinch of salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
- Butter an 9×13 inch pan
- Mix melted butter with brown sugar and whisk until smooth. Beat in the eggs and then the vanilla.
- Add the salt and flour. Then, mix in any additions you’d like (suggestions below).
- Pour the mixture into buttered pan. Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes, or until set in the middle. Cool for a few minutes before cutting them.
Some additions you could add, use one or a combination of:
- 1/2 to 1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, peanuts, etc.), toasting them first for even better flavor
- 1 cup butterscotch chips
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon mint extract in addition to or in place of the vanilla
- 1 cup mashed bananas
- 1/2 cup bourbon, scotch or other whiskey; increase the flour by one tablespoon
- 4 tablespoons of espresso powder with the vanilla
- Stir 1 cup dried fruit, especially dried cherries, into the prepared batter
- Top with a vanilla butter cream or chocolate peanut butter cream frosting