Monday, December 17, 2012

Toffee Blondies {Desserts in Jars}

  Today I started my first college class! My other classes are for the Spring, but my computer class somehow got switched to be a wintermester class {which is only  4 weeks long instead of average 12-16 weeks} so I'm going to be busy studying for the next month.

I also set up a tumblr blog {curiouscountrycook.tumblr } this weekend. My tumblr blog is just another place where I can share my food posts, recipes from other blogs, and food styling tips. It's basically the tumblr version of my pinterest food boards
Dessert in Jars: Toffee {Chocolate Chip} Blondies
I used regular chocolate chips since we didn't have any mini's.
I'm actually not a fan of toffee, but these blondies were really good. My dad hates toffee, but he ate 4 pieces without realizing that he was also eating the crunchy candy. The good thing about this recipe is that you could just make the batter and use whatever type of add-in's you {or the person you might give a jar to} prefer instead of the toffee and nuts. Or if you are a huge toffee fan {like my mom}, you can skip the nuts and double the amount of candy. .

 For example if I made a jar for my dad I would skip the toffee, double the chocolate, and add some peanut butter chips (or Reese's peanut butter cups).
Toffee Chocolate Chip Blondies
And for myself I would use dark chocolate,toasted pecans, and shredded sweetened coconut.

But that is a recipe for another time.  

Can you believe Christmas is next Tuesday?! These past few months have gone by so fast it's hard to believe  2013 is just around the corner.  
Speaking of Christmas look at what I found at Walmart this weekend. 

Toffee Blondies {Desserts in Jars}
Recipe: Baked Bree

  For the Jar:
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup Health Chips
1 Quart Mason Jar

To make the Toffee Blondies:
-the contents of the jar
1/4 (1/2 stick) cup butter, melted
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

1. Layer the brown sugar, chocolate chips, flour, baking powder, salt, nuts, health chips in the jar. It's easier if you use a 1/4 cup measure or a canning funnel. You want this to look pretty since they will be gifts.
2. Attach a card to the jar with instructions on how to prepare the blondies. 

To make the Toffee Blondies:
1.Melt the butter in a medium bowl. Whisk in the eggs and vanilla.
2. Pour in the contents of the jar and stir until everything is incorporated.
3.Pour the batter in an 8x8x2 pan lined with parchment or sprayed with cooking spray. Bake in a preheated 350F oven for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.