February 15, 2011
samoas
my gift to grant for valentine's was a homemade version of his favorite girl scout cookie- the samoa. mmm.. these were better than any blondie i've ever had. the browned butter and coconut and melty chocolate chips made a pretty outrageous combo. i couldn't tear myself away from the little bits that kept breaking off while i was using my cookie cutter on them. do you ever feel like the little bits are the best part? yeah, me too.

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Samoa Blondies
from the lovely honey & jam.. thank you, hannah!

10 T. butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/4 cup flour
1 1/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

preheat oven to 350. in a pan over high heat, heat the butter until it browns and smells nutty- stirring constantly and keeping a close eye so it doesn't burn. let the butter cool for a few minutes, until barely warm. in a large bowl, mix together sugars and browned butter. with a wooden spoon, mix in the egg, vanilla, and salt. slowly mix in flour, coconut, and chocolate chips until blended. put batter in a greased 8x8 baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes-- do not overbake! the center should still be soft. let cool before slicing into squares, or cutting into hearts for your samoa-loving sweetheart.

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the other highlight of valentine's was going out on saturday night. grant took me on a little date that included: thrifting (have i told you how much i love that grant enjoys doing this with me?), trying a new pizza place (yes, we've had a lot of pizza lately. but they had henry weinhard's there, guys. it was perf.), and we happened to get one of the last seats in the theatre for the king's speech. wow. we are so glad we agreed to sit in the second row and crane our necks for this one (actually our seats reclined, so it wasn't bad at all). we loved it! totally my kind of movie. depsite how much i loved toy story 3, i think this one gets my vote for best picture. have you seen it yet? wasn't it fantastic?

10 comments:

Megan said...

i am going to have to try the somoa blondies. those are my favorite girl scout cookies...and this year the girl scouts skipped our house! :(

thanks for sharing!

Hannah said...

Those are my favorite cookies too. These brownies sound divine. This is a dangerous recipe for me to have!

Christina said...

YUM! Those look fabulous. I'm another lucky gal whose husband likes thrifting; we find awesome stuff on our awesome dates. : )

skatieperdue said...

that movie was incredible!!

Jordan said...

those cookies look amazing! you might put those poor little gals out of business with this recipe.

Renee said...

we want to see "kings speech" but haven't yet....glad you gave it a good review!!
....and those somoas....look too tempting!! i think i could devour the whole pan...and not restrain myself to just the little bits!!

Miranda said...

That movie was fan-freakin-tastic! It pulled at my speech-therapist heart strings which doesn't happen very often.

Amanda said...

You and I are in complete agreement over the king's speech. The acting was so impeccable. I cried. :)

Kirra Sue said...

my hubby & i loved that movie! hoping it wins big this weekend!

Dina said...

they look delish!

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Hello, I'm Summer. A people-loving introvert whose hope and life is in Jesus. His promises are my passion and my ministry is homelife. This blog is a place for me to write about everyday things. Especially food. My favorite thing to do is sit around a table, lingering over a long meal with good conversation. I live with my husband and our 2 littles. We like blizzards, thrifting, grammar, guacamole, cheerful hearts, nice manners, good movies, and making simple, real, nutrient-dense food.

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