When I first became engaged to my husband-to-be, I was invited to visit for the first time with the Springer Family in Hollywood, Florida; to be introduced to the family and friends during an evening reception at their home.
There was a lovely buffet of appetizers and desserts for everyone’s enjoyment while the cocktails were served. Since I do not like alcoholic drinks I went straight to the dessert section of the buffet. Holding a plate in my hand I picked up something small. It was a square little bite that looked simple but intriguing. The little piece was light brown in color with chocolate pieces peaking out of its cake. It had no icing or any kind of cream on it which promised my fingers would not get messy or sticky. It definitely was a very safe bite that would not even mess up my lipstick, yes, I am vain when it comes to looking my best and this was an evening when I wanted to be as “perfect” as I could.
This little bite of pastry was delightful. It had a pleasant density, a crumbly feeling on the tongue and the chocolate melted in my mouth like a sauce that enhanced every goodness that it held…
Through my “culinary” life I have seen many recipes that are almost identical to Elenore’s Cookies, they are called “Blondies.”
Today I want to share my version of this simple little cake/pastry and hope you will bake it as often as I have throughout my many years of marriage…after all it is my husband’s favorite treat.
3/4 cup Margarine
1 lb light brown sugar
3 Extra Large eggs
2 cups of flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 cups of finely chopped walnuts – I chop them in an old fashioned nut grinder
1 cup of chocolate chips
Pre-heat oven to 350 F
Melt the margarine in the Microwave oven using a large glass mixing bowl
Add the light brown sugar to the melted margarine and add the 3 eggs one at a time while mixing well with an electric hand mixer.
Now add the Vanilla Extract, the flour, and the baking powder to the above mixture, and mix well
When the batter consistency is uniform add the finely chopped walnuts and the chocolate chips using a spatula
Pour the batter into a large baking pan and…
bake Elenore’s cookies at 350 F for 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
Remember, every oven is heating differently, check the pastry before the 35 minutes, it might be baked sooner than you think.
Cut the “cookies’ into little squares and dust them with a touch of powdered sugar before you place them on a serving platter.
The powdered sugar is my Austrian signature!
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