I’m going to let you in on a little secret.
My favorite thing to read has always been fall magazines. But really, I mean the fall editions of Seventeen.
I don’t read Seventeen magazine now – that would be weird since I’m not even in that decade anymore – but I get my fill with the fall issues of other mags.
Getting magazines in the mail always makes me happy, but none of them make me as giddy as those few fall issues. I remember flipping through the same Seventeen magazine at least 50 times when I was 16, marking all the chunky sweaters and dark jeans and brown boots and mary janes that I wanted to have.
It was always the clothes and the colors. Browns, burnt oranges, burgundys, yellows. In socks, scarves, tights, sweaters, jackets, hats, shoes.
I don’t think I ever got any of the clothes I saw in Seventeen, but seeing the fall fashion pages still makes me smile. I love sweater weather and being able to pull out my boots again.
And according to my mother-in-law and this awesomely 1980’s book called “Color Me Beautiful”, I can’t actually wear those fall colors (except for the burgundy) because I’m a winter and my colors are jewel tones.
So to get my fill of oranges and yellows and browns, I have to find other ways.
Maybe baking blondies isn’t the same as buying a new sweater, but these made me pretty happy when they were coming out of the oven.
I didn’t used to be a fan of blondies. I mean, why wouldn’t you just make a brownie and have something chocolate? That’s just good logic, right?
But the more I played around with recipes and figured out that I could basically have a giant piece of cookie, I was sold.
I love the little pops of orange and yellow from the Reese’s Pieces in these! Too bad they don’t have a burgundy piece, too.
And one more little secret? I think these may have turned me into a blondie person. They are that good.
Reese’s Pieces and Chocolate Chip Blondies
Makes: 9-12 servings
- 1 stick of butter, softened
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup Reese’s Pieces
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Using a stand or hand mixer, cream the butter with the sugars until it’s light and fluffy.
- Beat in the egg and vanilla to the butter mixture.
- Add the salt, baking soda, and flours and mix until all of the flour is incorporated.
- Gently fold or mix in the chocolate chips and candies.
- Press dough into a greased 8×8 baking dish.
- Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and the blondies are set in the center.
- Let them cool for 5 minutes before cutting and serving.