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

Ingredients:

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)

Directions:

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.

Recipe from Perfect One-Dish Dinners

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