Baked goods never, ever, go out of style when we're talking about a good welcome home gift. I've been lucky enough to spend the last week with family and friends on a cruise through the southern Caribbean. It was a magical, amazing, wonderful, soul-quenching vacation with the people I love the most on this earth. We've had a tough year. We've lost loved ones, leaving huge holes in our lives and families. In the middle of sadness, however, we've found renewed joy in each other. Life is precious, short, and meant to be spent with the people you love. This week we filled each other with memories, joy, love and happiness. I wish this for all of you, to truly find moments to treasure and embrace them and hold on tight.
So, I'm offering these Butter Rum Blondies as a welcome home gift today. It's reminder that although a week of vacation and fun times has come to a close, the memories stay with you. Trips are always a joy, but coming home is just as beautiful. I have memories to laugh over, and not to mention two adorable wiggle-butt pugs that met my husband and I at the door last night. I'll regale you with stories of our trip another time. I have to create a recipe to go with the sunshine of the islands. Right now, it's about coming home, sleeping in our own bed, snuggling with our puglets, and dreaming of the places I was lucky enough to just see, and the friends and family I got to hug tight.
Butter Rum Blondies
base recipe adapted from Baked Perfection
Yield: 16 blondies
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup Butterscotch Rum Filling (recipe here)
1/4 cup butterscotch chips
Grease an 8x8 baking pan, set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set the dry ingredients aside. Melt 1/3 cup butter in a separate bowl. Add 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar to butter and blend well. Allow this mixture to cool slightly, and then add egg, vanilla and stir until well combined. At this point, you can add your flour mixture to the butter mixture, a little at a time, mixing well. Finally, take your Butterscotch Rum Filling and your butterscotch chips, and stir them into the batter.
Pour your batter into your greased baking pan and put it into the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center.