When I think of Valentine’s Day, I think of barfing NOT because I hate Valentine’s Day, I thinks it’s actually a really cute holiday and it brings back fond memories. I love all of the V Day colors, the pinks and reds, and the heart shaped everything. I remember cutting construction paper hearts out as a little kid and my mom sticking them on the window and then going to school and passing out Valentine’s to all my friends and stuffing them into my homemade, decorated, Valentine’s Day Box! Fun! Love all of that! Barfing, not so much. Read on to understand why.
Valentine’s Day is one of the three times a year my daughter Mia eats her fill of shit and without fail, blows chunks in one of three places; in her bed, in the back of the drivers seat, or in my bed. She makes no attempt to get it into the appropriate place. She just gets the urge and lets ‘er rip. So, while I prepare for the inevitable, I have decided to bake a little something for the kids and their friends for a play date they are having this weekend.
I decided to make Lady BC’s, Chocolate Chunk Blondies, because A. they are friggin ridiculous and B. Actually, there is no B. This recipe is a repeat offender around here. I did improvise a bit and put a festive spin on a old fave. I added Valentine’s Day M & M’s. Once again I did not have a particular ingredient. This go around it was the light brown sugar. I only had dark so that is what I used. These Blondies are perhaps a bit tan. These are my Valentine’s Day tanner version of a Blondie.
2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 c. light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 c. granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 extra large eggs
2 c. all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 c. Valentine colored M & M’s (put a handful aside to spindle on top right before you bake)
1 pound semi sweet chocolate chunks
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 1/2 x 12 x 2 inch baking pan.
In your mixer, cream the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar on high for 3 minutes until the mixture is light and fluffy. Put the mixer to low and add the vanilla and eggs, 1 at a time, mixing well and scraping the sides of the bowl.
In another bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt. While the mixer is still on low, slowly add the flour to the butter. Fold in the chocolate chunks and M & M’s with a spatula.
Spread the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Once the Blondies have completely cooled I used a snazzy heart shaped cookie cutter and bopped those festive little ditties out.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Let me know how much you love these!!! xoxo