Sunday Quote has known her husband for 19 years!

Posted by on Dec 17, 2017 in Blog, Quote | 0 comments

“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.”
~ C.S. Lewis

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Bready or Not: White Chocolate Peppermint Blondies

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, chocolate, mint | 0 comments

If you want a treat that is decadent, gorgeous, and loaded with peppermint, bake this up.

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Peppermint Blondies

But once you put the peppermint bits on, eat them within a few hours. That’s right, this recipe has the same issue as the Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookie Sticks a few weeks ago.

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Peppermint Blondies

See that picture above? That’s what the peppermint does, melting to look like stained glass. It’s a purely cosmetic issue; the bars still taste fine and the peppermint even retains a slight crunch.

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Peppermint Blondies

The solution to this is pretty easy, though. Add the peppermint bits right before serving, or just omit them. Or be prepared to eat them with oozy peppermint on top, as they’ll still taste fine!

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Peppermint Blondies

With that disclaimer done, I can say these things taste absolutely delicious. I mean, hello, blondies topped with cream cheese frosting! These are practically a cake.

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Peppermint Blondies

Modified from County Living, December 2015.

 

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Peppermint Blondies

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Peppermint Blondies

These blondies deliver sheer holiday decadence! Peppermint, white chocolate, and cream cheese frosting work together in a glorious way. Do note that the crushed peppermint bits will melt after a few hours, regardless of the temperature at which the bars are kept. They’ll still taste fine, but they don’t look as pretty!

  • blondies
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 3/4 cup (1 bag) white chocolate chips
  • frosting
  • 16 ounces (2 boxes) cream cheese
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermints

Preheat oven to 325-degrees. Apply nonstick spray or butter to an aluminum foil-lined 9x13 baking pan.

Beat together butter, both sugars, eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and peppermint extract. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Stir the dry mix into the butter mix. Add the chocolate chips. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.

Bake until golden brown and the middle passes the toothpick test, about 30 to 35 minutes. Cool in pan on rack until room temperature, or place in fridge to chill.

When the blondie base is no longer hot, beat together the cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until they are light and fluffy, about 1 to 2 minutes. Beat in the remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Spread frosting over blondies. Freeze for 30 minutes or chill in fridge for several hours to set.

Add crushed peppermints just before serving. NOTE: after a few hours, the peppermints will melt, regardless of the temperature of the bars. It looks weird, but tastes the same, even retaining a slight crunch. Other than that, the bars keep fine in the fridge for at least 5 days.

OM NOM NOM!

 

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Peppermint Blondies

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New Publications for December 2017

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in anthology:poem, anthology:story, Blog, podcast | 0 comments

Life hasn’t been kind the past while, and I’ve fallen behind on posting my latest publications. My Bibliography page is now up to date; these are the new additions:

Story:
“Powers of Observation,” Nature

Poetry:
“Wayfaring King,” Star*line 40.4

Podcasts:
Toasted Cake 155: So You Have Been Claimed by a Magical Cat by Beth Cato (original story)
Storypunks Podcast #4: Interview with Beth Cato
Archivos Brainstorm with Guest Host Beth Cato
Archivos Insights Podcast: Interview with Beth Cato

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Sunday Quote ponders gifts

Posted by on Dec 10, 2017 in Blog, Quote | 0 comments

“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”
~ William Styron, Conversations with William Styron

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