Brown-Butter Bourbon Blondies
Rich brown butter bourbon blondies, seriously need I say more?!?!?
I do a lot of things for my kids, probably too much, but I’m still in denial about that. If you have kids, you may agree, you do the same. Parenting, as wonderful as it is, is also utterly exhausting. Almost 15 years in, it has been confirmed, parenting is by far one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever had. And it has been substantially harder than working in a professional kitchen. I cook a lot for my boys, catering over the years to their likes and dislikes as they grow and evolve. Often, it is simply about survival, and I say this lovingly.
With this recipe I don’t do that, I didn’t think about what my boys would like or not like, I thought only of myself and my husband. I thought of me and my love of blondies and for husband’s love of a good bourbon. The union, in my eyes, works very well, not too much alcohol to overwhelm the little cookie bar treat they are intended to be, but just enough that it’s hands-off for the younger ones.
I loaded these blondies with rich dark chocolate chips and toasted walnuts. Easting just a few walnuts a day has been suggested as being as effective as olive oil at reducing inflammation and oxidation in the arteries. In my house, food-wise, almost nothing is safe. If you pass on something, there is no guarantee it will be there when you return and want it.
My boozy baked good strategy may only work so long, with the tween in my house, I likely don’t have long I know. But for now, the bourbon makes these “my little treat” (at least that’s what I told them) and I’m more than fine with that.