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Cinnamon Blondies from Perfect One-Dish Dinners

Cinnamon Blondies from Perfect One-Dish Dinners

Sunday has always been one of my favorite days of the week. My day usually consists of church, sports, and Sunday dinner with family and friends. We recently created a delicious Sunday dinner from Pam Anderson’s latest cookbook, Perfect One-Dish Dinners. Josh picked the main dish,  Salsa Verde Chicken and Dumplings and I got to choose dessert, Cinnamon Blondies.

I was fortunate to meet Pam and her two beautiful daughters, Maggy and Sharon, at the Blogher Food Conference in San Francisco. I adore their blog, Three Many Cooks, and Pam’s cookbooks, so it was an honor to finally meet these three lovely ladies. To learn more about Pam’s inspiring story, take a moment to watch the trailer for Perfect One-Dish Dinners, produced and filmed by the talented White on Rice Couple. Warning-you might need a tissue-their story will move you.

Perfect One-Dish Dinners is filled with easy, fool-proof recipes that your guests will love. The book focuses on main dishes that are simple to make, yet still impressive to serve. The book is broken down into four sections: Stews for All Seasons, Worldly Casseroles, Complete Roasting, and Big Summer Salads and Grilled Platters. Pam also includes compatible appetizers, salads, sides, and desserts if you want to round out the meal with something extra. If you are in a pinch or don’t have all of the ingredients on hand, Pam shares instant alternatives that will help make any meal a success.

The Salsa Verde Chicken with Herbed Dumplings and the Cinnamon Blondies were both simple to put together. It was nice cooking a no-fuss meal that tasted delicious and still impressed our guests. Josh can’t stop talking about our meal-he keeps asking when we can make it again. I am sure it will be on the menu soon:)

Today, I am sharing the cinnamon blondie recipe. The blondies are made with cake flour which keeps them soft and fluffy. Pam lists a few optional stir-ins for the blondies-nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips, etc. I stuck with the cinnamon theme and added cinnamon chips to the batter. The double cinnamon combination makes these blondies the perfect dessert for fall.

If you want the Salsa Verde Chicken recipe, buy the book:) You won’t be disappointed, it is a keeper! The book is full of colorful photos, so it is pretty to look at, but this is a book you will use over and over again. There are so many fantastic recipes inside.

*On a side note-thank you to everyone who entered our Modern Palm apron giveaway. The winner is Estela from Weekly Bite. Congratulations! We will be emailing you soon!*

Cinnamon Blondies


1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup cinnamon chips (or stir-in of your choice-nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips)


Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 325 degrees. Spray an 8-inch square metal baking pan with vegetable-oil cooking spray. Fold a 16-inch length of heavy-duty foil to 7 1/2 inches wide and lay it across pan bottom and up two sides so you have foil overhangs to pull blondies from pan. Spray foil with vegetable-oil spray.

Whisk flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk brown sugar into butter in a medium bowl. Whisk eggs and vanilla together in a small bowl, then whisk into butter mixture. Whisk in dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in cinnamon chips or stir-in of your choice. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake until blondies are just set, about 40 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Using foil handles, pull blondies from pan, set on wire rack, and cool to room temperature. Cut into squares and serve.

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106 Responses to “Cinnamon Blondies from Perfect One-Dish Dinners”

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  3. Jessica @ How Sweet — October 25, 2010 @ 4:13 am

    These blondies sound incredible!

  4. Liz @ Blog is the New Black — October 25, 2010 @ 4:13 am

    These look so good and so easy. Love it!

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  6. Rosa — October 25, 2010 @ 4:42 am

    They sound and look divine!



  7. Sandy @ Reluctant Entertainer — October 25, 2010 @ 5:04 am

    Amazing. Love Pam’s book, too!

  8. Erica — October 25, 2010 @ 5:37 am

    Both the dinner & dessert look fabulous. I love that the blondies are thick. Yum Yum. I’ve been looking for cinnamon chips EVERYWHERE here…not available yet. Grumble!

  9. marla {family fresh cooking} — October 25, 2010 @ 6:09 am

    Maria, great job with this post. The blondies look amazing & so does the Chicken with Herbed dumplings. I MUST make some recipes from their book – it is awesome! xo

  10. matt gordon — October 25, 2010 @ 6:34 am

    i echo what the ladies say above. your photography is stunning as well. anything with cinnamon goes over well for our palates and our noses.
    by the way, 1-dish dinners are wonderful for autumn and recovering time. i hate cleanup the most and minimizing dishes means more daddy time for wife and son

  11. Susan — October 25, 2010 @ 6:38 am

    Obviously, I need this book. These look amazing!

  12. Tracey — October 25, 2010 @ 6:39 am

    I’ve been wanting to check this book out for a while – both of the dishes you tried sound great Maria!

  13. Jenny Flake — October 25, 2010 @ 6:42 am

    Looks great Maria! Loving all of Pam’s recipes today!! Have a great Monday!


  15. Lori @ RecipeGirl — October 25, 2010 @ 6:48 am

    These look delicious! And if anyone wants the Salsa Verde Chicken recipe, that’s the recipe I reviewed and you can find it here:

  16. maggy@threemanycooks — October 25, 2010 @ 6:48 am

    Maria! Thank you so much for participating in Sunday Suppers :) We love love love ya. You make the food look even better than the book!! So happy that you and Josh are enjoying it. xo

  17. Wenderly — October 25, 2010 @ 6:49 am

    These look delish! Wish I could have one with my coffee this very minute!

  18. HeatherChristo — October 25, 2010 @ 6:58 am

    Oh wow, these look so good! I have to get Pam’s book out and start cooking!

  19. Can’t wait to make both of these! The Blondies look Heavenly!

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  22. Barbara Bakes — October 25, 2010 @ 7:21 am

    So glad I got a chance to try the Blondies. They’re fabulous.

  23. SMITH BITES — October 25, 2010 @ 7:22 am

    am SUPER GLAD you made these – they were one of the picks The Professor wanted to make and I said ‘no more sweets for a bit’ (then I made pumpkin pie yesterday because he was pouting!) these look soooo good and will make them when we have people to share with!

    • twopeas replied: — October 25th, 2010 @ 12:08 pm

      You are so good to the Professor. I am pretty sure he will love these-Josh sure did:)

  24. Erica Lea — October 25, 2010 @ 7:23 am

    Those look scrumptious. I have never tried cinnamon chips, but they sound interesting!

  25. Heather (Heather's Dish) — October 25, 2010 @ 7:32 am

    i love blondies so much…i need to find the recipe for that chicken though! i would win wife of the year if i made this meal for my hubby :)

  26. Katrina — October 25, 2010 @ 8:01 am

    I’m a sucker for blondies. These look so tasty!

  27. Kathy - Panini Happy — October 25, 2010 @ 8:09 am

    I would absolutely love one of those blondies right now…and I haven’t even had breakfast! A la mode, of course. Love the photo with the cookbook…so that’s how all my cookbooks get their “loved” look! :-)

  28. Sara — October 25, 2010 @ 8:12 am

    These look delicious!

  29. the urban baker — October 25, 2010 @ 8:20 am

    I love blondies! they are the perfect fusion of cookie meets brownie! yum.

  30. Estela @ Weekly Bite — October 25, 2010 @ 8:20 am

    Hooray!!! I won!! I’m off to go pick out an apron!

    Oh, and buy that cookbook too! All of Pam’s recipes sound amazing!

    • twopeas replied: — October 25th, 2010 @ 12:07 pm

      Congrats and enjoy your new apron!

  31. Pam — October 25, 2010 @ 8:23 am

    The blondies look amazing – I love cinnamon. The chicken dish sounds amazing too.

  32. Heather — October 25, 2010 @ 8:26 am

    These look amazing Maria! Anything involving cinnamon wins me over. I have loved seeing all the recipes today. I now need to go out and get the cookbook so I can try some of Pam’s recipes. I have a long list of must tries just from all the posts today.
    Great photo’s too! :)
    Have a great Monday!

    • twopeas replied: — October 25th, 2010 @ 12:07 pm

      I am a huge cinnamon fan too!

  33. Megan — October 25, 2010 @ 8:36 am

    Your blondies look and sound fabulous! So goes that main dish! I really need to look deeper into that book!

  34. Heather @ Side of Sneakers — October 25, 2010 @ 8:41 am

    I’m jealous you tracked down cinnamon chips! I can’t find them anywhere.

    • twopeas replied: — October 25th, 2010 @ 12:07 pm

      I buy them at Fresh Market in Utah. Sorry that probably doesn’t help you. I know you can find them online though!

  35. What a wonderful meal for your lucky guests! These blondies look SO delicious, too. Thanks for sharing!

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  37. Joanne — October 25, 2010 @ 10:44 am

    I am so impressed by everything I’ve seen from this cookbook! I love anything infused with cinnamon. Delicious!

  38. Blond Duck — October 25, 2010 @ 11:11 am

    And I thought you couldn’t top your pumpkin oatmeal scotchies!

  39. Gudrun — October 25, 2010 @ 11:19 am

    Great photos, it does make me want to whip up a batch of those blondies immediately!

  40. the blissful baker — October 25, 2010 @ 11:21 am

    these look GREAT! i could eat a whole pan of blondies by myself!

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