These blondies are a perfect lunch-time pick-me-up. The problem is, they're full of caffeine and hard to resist even at eleven o'clock at night!
Ingredients (for a 9x13 pan, or about 20 Blondies)
2 sticks (16 T) butter
2 1/4 cups flour
1 t baking soda
1/2 t baking powder
1 1/2 t salt
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 T vanilla extract
2 T instant espresso powder
1/4 cup coffee liquor (Kahlúa or my favorite, Caffé Lolita)
Get your ingredients together before starting--it makes everything else go faster!
Step 1: Make Browned Butter
Put both sticks of butter into a saucepan over medium heat. Stir while it melts, then boils, and finally becomes a rich, frothy brown.
Step 2: Mix Liquid Ingredients
Pour the browned butter into a large mixing bowl. Add the sugars and mix well, then add the eggs, vanilla, and coffee liquor and mix again.
Step 3: Add Dry Ingredients
Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, espresso powder, and salt in a sieve and sift them over the liquid. Fold the dry ingredients into the batter gently.
Step 4: Bake
Bake at 350 Fahrenheit for 35 to 40 minutes. These are very moist, so a toothpick will have some coffee-loaded blondie bits attached to it if you test them. As long as the pan doesn't slosh, that's okay. If you like a firmer blondie, add another five minutes to the bake time.