First off, Julia Child was one brilliant and truly inspirational woman. I wrote one post earlier this summer about her and will be writing much more about her throughout the years.
Food is always more enjoyable when consumed with company. There are the times between classes and meetings where we simply can’t eat anywhere but on the run. However, just to have someone in the same room is much more comforting 🙂 I also think it is much more fun and exciting to experiment with recipes if others get to enjoy them too. Too often I find recipes that serve at least 4-6 people. That’s great if I would like to eat the same meal for the next four days. Same with dessert recipes, I love having a cookie now and then, but really would rather not have an entire batch sitting within reaching distance.
Want to know the smart way to handle this situation? Bake to your delight and make friends who are willing to be the taste testers, guinea pigs, or human garbage machines. My sister reminded me that the latter probably isn’t the nicest phrase, but, I’m sure we have a few of those out there.
I started to consider where I could give my delectable treats away and it hit me. I surround myself by at least 25-40 girls every week when I go to chapter for my sorority. And really, what girl doesn’t have a weak spot for chocolate. As they said in the Gold Rush, EUREKA! So, I allowed myself to test one recipe out, see if the theory was true…success. I’ve found my test kitchen 😉 Here’s this week’s treat, adapted from “Rainbow Blondies,” and perfect for Halloween and all its leftover candy glory.
M&M Cookie Bars (“Leftover Candy Cookie Bars” too)
2 cups tablespoons flour (1/2 wheat & 1/2 white all-purpose flour)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 sticks of salted butter, melted (and cooled)
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk, at room temperature (I used ~2 eggs worth of egg whites)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup M&M candies (due to lack of M&Ms, I included some chocolate chips…it would actually be totally delicious to include a mix of chocolate candies)
1. Preheat oven to 350. Place a piece of parchment paper inside a 9×13″ pan. If you are worried about it moving around, spray a little cooking spray on the bottom.
2. In a large bowl, combine the butter and sugars. Slowly add in the egg, (yolk too), and vanilla and mix until combined.
3. In another bowl start to combine flour and baking soda.
4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and continue to stir with a wooden spoon.
5. Once fully mixed, add in the M&Ms (and/or candies)
6. Dump the dough into the baking pan and make sure it is evenly distributed along the corners.
7. Place in the oven and bake for about 28-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
8. Let it cool on the stove and then lift the parchment paper out of the pan to slice creation into squares. You could even get fancy and pull out the cookie cutters, but this would just leave a lot of leftover pieces. Not a problem if you don’t mind snacking 😉
“We taste and feel and see the truth. We do not reason ourselves into it.”
– William Butler Yeats
Yes, the truth is sweet 🙂