Lavender Blondies
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Recipe type: Gooey Cookie Bar
 
This delicious chewy Blondie is one of my favorite cookie bars!! It's so luscious and gooey, sure to drive your Sweethearts wild! These Blondies are also low-fat, so go ahead indulge a little, it's Valentines Day!! Enjoy with a cup of Hot Chocolate or Coffee.
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour (I substituted ½ cup ground oatmeal in this recipe-optional)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp culinary English lavender (finely ground in spice/coffee grinder)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 5 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 large egg plus 2 large egg whites
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ tsp cider vinegar (this helps make a moist chewy Blondie w/o all the fat)
  • ½ cup pecans (chopped)
  • ⅔ cups dried organic cranberries
  • ¼ cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make a foil sling for your 8 x 8 baking pan with a long piece of foil about 2 inches larger than your pan. Push foil into corners of the pan, smoothing it flush. Lightly spray with vegetable oil. Combine wet ingredients in your mixing bowl, sugar, melted butter, egg and whites, vanilla, and vinegar. Mix until smooth. Stir together dry ingredients in a small bowl, flour, oatmeal, salt, baking soda, and culinary lavender. Add into mixing bowl and blend well. Then stir in nuts, cranberries and chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth out top. If you like, scatter 2 Tbsp cranberries on top. Bake 20-30 minutes until toothpick inserted into the center comes out with only a few moist crumbs attached, rotating pan halfway through baking. Let Blondies cool completely in pan, about 1 hour. Lift Blondies from the pan using foil overhang, and cut into 16 - 20 squares. Enjoy with hot chocolate or coffee. You are sure to be in Love with these tasty, chewy, gooey bars!! (Adapted from Key Ingredient)
Recipe by Lavender Lady - Hood River Lavender Farm at http://lavenderfarms.net/lavender-lady/2016/02/09/lavender-blue-i-love-cooking-with-you/