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December 07, 2008

Yummy! Platinum Blondies Holiday Goodness and a Surprise for You at the End!

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Congratulations to my "Winner!"

CONGRATULATIONS to Sissy!  She wrote the following:

I love making xmas cookies most of all with my children. Growing up we would make cookies with our mom and invite our friends over and make a party of it. Now that I have my own children, we have at least one special day in the month of december that we invite our children's friends over for a baking day of cookies, holiday music, and memories.


You are the winner of a new Williams & Sonoma Holiday Cookie Cutter!  I hope you will enjoy it for many holidays to come.

Email me at [email protected] to claim your prize!


Don't they look delicious?!!  I want one.  Now.  How about we bake them first.  And I'll bet if you bake them on Christmas Eve, Santa will love you for it.  By the way, those Tomato & Mozzarella Skewers were such a big hit at Thanksgiving, that we took some more with us to a casual get-together of friends and they were a big hit again.  Thanks Beth!  So let's get to the kitchen and whip up some Platinum Blondies.  How about it? ...

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Our team of players include:

1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 large egg
2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

After you get your players together, preheat your oven to 350°.

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Beat the sugar and butter together with a mixer until blended. Add the egg and vanilla.

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Combine the flour, baking powder and salt.  Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture. Mix until just till blended.

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Stir in the cranberries and chips. The batter will be stiff. You can pat it into your pan by hand or spread it with the back of your mixing spoon.

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Use an 8-inch square glass baking dish coated wth cooking spray. Bake for around 30 minutes or less or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center. Don’t overbake! Cool in the baking dish on a wire rack.

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When cool, you can dress these blondies up with vanilla frosting, or serve plain, though they are anything but plain! Makes 16 blondies.

And although they are not exactly platinum, you can dress them up with a sprinkling of dried cranberries throughout, these give “brownies” a whole new meaning.

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Beth doesn't know which one is sweeter, her Peggy or her Platinum Blondies.  Hmmm, that's a tough one.

Ready for your Sweetness of a Surprise?  I thought so. 


How about this wonderful Cookie Press from Williams & Sonoma?  I mean, it's the holidays folks!  And we should all pull out the cookie sheets and bake, bake, bake.  What a great way to spend the season with our children?!!

Here is a little bit of information for you about this great gift to you ...


Count on this efficient press when you need to make a lot of attractive cookies in record time. The extra-large barrel holds enough dough for three-dozen large cookies or crackers, so there’s no need to refill it in the middle of a batch. Shaping the dough is as easy as squeezing the ergonomic upright handle. Included are 16 discs, shaped for every season and occasion, along with sweet and savory recipes. The plastic barrel and discs are dishwasher safe. 3" diam., 13 3/4" long. A Williams-Sonoma exclusive.

Sounds great doesn't it?  A 39.95 value and it is Brand Spankin' New on the selection of great products at Williams & Sonoma!

And how can you win this delightful gift for the holidays?  Just answer the following question in the comment section:

What was your favorite Christmas or Hanukkah holiday tradition in the kitchen?  Did you create something special with your parents?  Do you share in the same tradition with your own children? 

I love hearing from my readers, and because I love you all so much, the contest winner will be announced tomorrow morning (in other words, sometime before noon. LOL)

My children will read your comments and put them in a bowl (they love to print them off, cut them apart, and fold them.  It keeps their little hands busy.  And then one will choose the winning entry from the bowl.  Good Luck Everyone!  Happy Holidays!

One entry per person please. 




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