Monday, January 30, 2012

Brown Butter Blondies

1 cup butter
1 cup raw sugar
1 tsp molasses
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup AP unbleached flour
1 cup white whole wheat flour
3/4 cup quick oats or whole oats ground in food processor
1 tsp baking soda
1 tap salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place butter in a small saucepan. On medium heat, cook butter until a deep golden color, swirling pan often. The butter will melt, foam, and then the foam will subside and it will deepen in color. Pour into a bowl to cool for 10 minutes.

Combine butter, sugar, molasses, and applesauce in mixer bowl. Mix until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix dry ingredients and add to wet mixture. Combine on low speed.

Cut parchment to fit the bottom and 2 sides of a 13"x9"x2" pan. Place parchment in pan and grease. Spread mixture in pan using wet hands. Pat it evenly.

Top with any kind of chip, nut, etc. I used chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips, & coconut. SPrinkle toppings, then press into dough.

Bake for 30 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes in pan. Lift the cookie out by the parchment sides and cool the rest of the way on a wire rack.

Cut into small bars.