Nothing Tastes as Good as Love Feels

by SimplySharpe on February 14, 2013

…but I baked anyway.

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We don’t really do much for Valentine’s Day in our house. Not because we are cold hearted humbugs or anything — we just believe love should be celebrated everyday — not just the day we are expected to make a big deal about it for consumer spending purposes. That being said, I couldn’t resist making some treats for my sweets this year. It took me 35 years to start cooking, I’m not missing a single reason to do it!

I found a cute, simple recipe for brown sugar blondies with pink, red and white M&M’s. I know it’s late to post ideas, but you could easily use this recipe for any holiday. I noticed Target already has Easter M&M’s on display, so adjust as needed.

Valentine's Day Blondies

Brown Sugar Blondies


1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup to 1 1/3 cup M&M’s

Baking Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

– Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and set aside.

– Melt 1/3 cup butter. Add 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar and mix well. Cool slightly.

– Add egg (beaten) and vanilla and blend well.

– Add flour mixture, a little at a time, mixing well.¬†Mix in 2/3 cup M&M’s.

– Spread in 9 x 9 x 2 inch pan.

– Sprinkle 1/3 to 2/3 cup M&M’s on top. (I was rushing to be done in time to watch Nashville and forgot this step. You can tell from my picture they are not as pretty in pink, white and red as they should be. Don’t be like me. Make better blondies.)

– Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Store in airtight container at room temperature.

I would love to hear how you celebrated this Hallmark holiday. What heart shaped food did you make? Do you have Valentine’s Day traditions or maybe you celebrate Galentine’s Day? ¬†Either way, I hope everyone feels love today and everyday. It’s the best feeling in the world!


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