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Brown Sugar Bars

Brown Sugar Bars

Rich caramel flavor...in a bar!

Oh my gosh, these bars are AMAZING. I'm beginning to think the best recipes happen by accident. My mission this week was to create a snickerdoodle blondie. I created a delicious recipe that gave me cakey snickerdoodle blondies. Always the perfectionist, I decided to make a fudgy version to see how they compared. I tweaked a few things and a version of these glorious bars came out. Did they taste like snickerdoodles? No. They tasted like the most delicious buttery, caramel. I dropped all plans for snickerdoodles (for now!) and worked on these. The result: rich caramel flavor with a sweet crunch and spice from the cinnamon-sugar topping.  I think I'm in love with them...can you tell?


Brown Sugar Bars

Bars with a rich caramel flavor and a sweet crunch and spice from the cinnamon-sugar topping

Makes: Serves 8

Brown Sugar Bars

Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, separated
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup (83 grams) all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (24 grams) almond meal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, separated

Instructions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a 8 x 8 baking pan with parchment paper
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, 1/4 cup sugar and the egg
  3. Add the melted butter and vanilla and whisk until all the butter is incorporated
  4. In a large bowl, combine the flour, almond flour, salt and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  5. Combine the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon in a small bowl for topping the bars
  6. Add the butter mixture to the flour mixture and stir until combined
  7. Add the batter to the prepared pan and top with the cinnamon sugar
  8. Bake for 40 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack

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Sesame Noodle Bowl

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