Corniest title for a post ever? Mmmmaybe. But bear with me; it’s not as inappropriate as it may seem at first blush.
A local no-kill cat shelter was having a bake sale/garage sale/general fundraising event this weekend, and I wanted to bake something for them, as always. The scheduling appeared to be a bit of an issue, though: last week was crazy, with attendance-mandatory groupwork classes, presentations, four separate tests, and assignments due that had to be handed in as a hard copy like this were 1995 or something. This was going to make taking a day off to bake cookies a little awkward – fortunately, tests got moved up, classes got more or less cancelled…and suddenly I had nothing preventing me from making Friday my baking day.
A couple of weeks ago, while rifling through a folder of clipped-out recipes, I had happened upon a simple blondie recipe that had been lifted from Canadian Living. The original recipe called for making a caramel drizzle and, well, drizzling it on the blondies once they had cooled sufficiently. So simple, and so, so good! We discovered, however, that after a couple of days (yes, they managed to last that long!) the caramel drizzle kind of absorbed into the blondie. It gave them a nice sheen, and still tasted ah-maze-ing, but lacked that 3D “pop” I wanted. I considered possible alternatives before it hit me: since this is for a cat shelter, why not take my inspiration from their larger jungle cousins?
And so I present…Tiger Blondies!
The same delicious base, now spread with melted butterscotch chips and drizzled with melted chocolate.
Golden brown on the outside, moist and chewy on the inside.
Prettied up for selling purposes.
The volunteers at the shelter thought they looked great; hopefully they helped raise some funds, too!
Remember: spay or neuter your pet!