Tuesday, November 2, 2010

No trick to these treats



Well, Halloween is over, so hopefully my girls will settle down a little bit before they start getting all worked up about Christmas.  I can hope, right?  Even after 12 years in Texas, I'm still not really used to the fact that it's not really cold for Halloween.  I can remember, as a kid, trying to fit sweaters under my Halloween costume so I wouldn't freeze to death.  I think there's only been one year since Brianna started trick-or-treating that it was actually chilly enough that she needed a sweater or jacket.  We certainly didn't this year--it was probably about 75ºF out when we headed out just after dark.  We didn't stay out long, though, since I was still getting over the cold I've had for the past week.  Even so, both girls came home with quite a bit of candy.  J said it was a somewhat slow night for handing out candy, too, so we actually had some left over.  I picked all the Almond Joys out of the bag and took them to work (no need for coconut in this house!), but still have some good stuff to eat, without having to swipe candy from my children. =)  They're getting old enough where they might actually notice if all the peanut butter cups disappear without them eating any...

In the midst of all the Halloween excitement and sugar, I almost forgot about this week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe.  Which would have been a shame, since it has the wonderful combination of chocolate and peanut butter.  Nicole of Bakeologie picked the Peanuttiest Blondies for us to make this week.  I actually didn't make a lot of changes for a change.  I did leave out the cinnamon, since I don't like it with chocolate.  And my girls don't like nuts in things, so I substituted peanut butter chips for the chopped peanuts.  I lowered my oven temp to 325ºF since I was using a dark pan, and ended up baking my blondies for 45 minutes.


The verdict?  Well, I took a bunch of these to work, and they were devoured in no time, so I think they were a hit. =)  I really like them, too, and so does J.  I just realized that B&G haven't tried them, since they've been so preoccupied with all the candy.  So I guess I'll just have to make them again. 

Nicole has the recipe on her blog.  And to see what everyone else thought of this week's recipe, check out the Links.  I leave you with a picture of my trick-or-treaters.  I'm convinced that Brianna still wants to dress up as a princess, but doesn't want to admit it because it's not cool for a second-grader to dress up as a princess...

Belle and her sister, the Bride of Darkness

16 comments:

  1. The cookies look great, even with the subs, they look like mine for once. I must have done something right this week. Love Belle and the Bride of Darkness...too cute. They are growing up so fast!

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  2. I think I would love these without the nutty part too! Thanks for baking along! And your girls are just gorgeous btw :)

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  3. Oh, how adorable! B & G are just cute, cute, cute (although is the Bride of Darkness going for cute? I'm not sure but she's cute nonetheless.) Your blondies look fantastic!

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  4. The blondies look fab... and your girls are absolutely precious! :)

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  5. great costumes! and great clean slices of blondie. yum!

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  6. your blondies look lovely, your kiddos lovlier ;)

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  7. Blondies look delicious. Love the pile on your beautiful new plate. I think I like blondies more than I like brownies.

    Girls are adorable.

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  8. The girls are so cute Di! Love the Halloween costumes. It was really, really chilly here this year. I was glad I didn't have any kids to take out trick or treating :)

    Your blondies look fantastic! If I hadn't used the mini pb cups I probably would have subbed pb chips for the peanuts too. I liked these, but would definitely prefer a regular peanut butter cookie any day.

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  9. Oh I love love the costumes!! And your blondies look delicious. Looks like you had a fun Halloween.

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  10. what a fun way to celebrate Halloween. Delicious blondies. These are great treats for kids, they look like they are having a blast!

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  12. LOVE the pic of the girls in the Halloween finery! It stinks that they grow up so fast. And my boys have been talking about Christmas since the last weeks of summer!! Crazy. The blondies look chunky and delicious...perfect in my eyes.

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  13. Those are very adorable trick or treaters! good call on omitting the cinnamon. i didnt think cinnamon and chocolate go well together either

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  14. Blondies for halloween - perfect! And what perfect outfits - they look truly like princesses (of the dark)! :) Funny, people could cue the cinnamon in these... not sure that was good or bad, but they all disappeared! Beautiful blondies Diane!

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  15. The girls are definitely growing up before our eyes! So cute and the blondies look pretty great also.

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