During Erica’s spring break this year, she flew out to visit our friend Karin from undergrad. When everyone else was going to Puerto Rico, or California, or Florida, Erica flew to Arkansas. Yes, Arkansas. And, well, she found out that Arkansas is actually pretty cool.
Our friend Sandy flew out from Chicago, too, to meet up with Erica and Karin. We spent some time in Fayetteville, where the University of Arkansas is, and then headed down to Fort Smith where Karin is currently working.
In between hiking…
And wine tasting…
We made some amazing blondies that seriously anyone (even someone who has never baked a day in their life) can easily make. The best part is that you can use whatever kind of add-ins you want. In Arkansas, we used those yummy caramel bits next to the chocolate chips in the grocery store. When we re-made these back in Pittsburgh (they were that good), we used butterscotch chips and added a little bit of whiskey to the batter! Who wouldn’t like that?
We probably could describe how to make these in one sentence, but we’ll elaborate.
Mix together one stick of melted butter, brown sugar, flour, an egg, and vanilla extract.
You can also mix in any goodies like we did such as butterscotch or caramel chips and whiskey! The whiskey we had on hand was leftover from our vacation to the Finger Lakes this past summer.
Pour into a greased 8×8 baking pan and evenly spread out. Bake at 350F for 20 to 25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Serve over some ice cream if it tickles your fancy and enjoy!
- 1 stick of butter, melted
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup flour
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ cup extra goodies
- ¼ cup liquor (optional, add 1 tablespoon extra flour if added)
- Preheat oven at 350F.
- Mix all of the above ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- Pour into a greased 8x8 baking pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Serve and enjoy!