These pumpkin spice blondies are what autumn dreams are made of. Subtly sweet and seasonally spiced, these blondies are the perfect compliment to an afternoon cup of coffee while soaking up the cool, fall breeze.
Parenting. It’s a job/calling that largely consists of boundary setting, rule enforcing and tough love. I know as a mom that my main job is to raise decent, kind, contributing human beings. Doing this means that my kids aren’t always happy with me. C’est la vie. In my opinion, a parent has to be comfortable saying no and sticking her guns, but, BUT, every so often there comes a day when I just don’t want to say no again.
Take yesterday. It was a busy morning for us all. Once I had the girls piled up and ready to head home at 12:30 for lunch, everything became a battle. I had to ask them to buckle their seat belts more than 10 (billion) times, meanwhile they climbed over the backseats pushing every button they could find, and inevitably falling into each other, resulting in tears. Then the ride home was fighting over which music to play and whining about what the rest of the day entailed. By the time we got home, I was DONE.
I handed them some cheese in a tortilla, gave them about 5 minutes to eat it, then sent them straight to their beds for quiet time. I had plenty I needed to do but first I face planted into my bed and just concentrated on breathing.
Quiet time gave me a little over an hour to chill, recollect myself and feel the fall breeze through my window. (#quiettimeforever or at least until age 18) I didn’t want to be this mom today. We are smackdab in the middle of my favorite season and I didn’t want to let this perfect afternoon pass me by. I promised myself I’d get up extra early tomorrow tackle my list and just be fun mom for the afternoon. And fun mom I was.
My house was actually clean for once, but I still let the girls crack the egg and mix the flour. Mess equals memories and I fought my OCD clean-as-you-go instincts with all my might so I could be in the moment.
The girls sniffed the spices and sampled the “gredients” – shockingly enough, brown sugar was their fav.
I didn’t try to add flax seeds or go halfway with whole wheat flour. We just went for it. Sugar, butter, cinnamon and spices in all their beautiful fall glory! At the end, we had a messy kitchen and one 8×8 dish full of warm pumpkin spice blondies.
One bite lead to mmm’s all around as the girls congratulated each other on their culinary success.
And I have to agree. These pumpkin spice blondies are the perfect compliment to an afternoon cup of coffee. When the leaves are rustling and the breeze blows through the screen, just light that Leaves candle and reach for one of these. I promise you, this is what autumn dreams are made of.
They are subtly sweet and perfectly spiced. I highly suggest making these for weekend company, or just for yourself, if you are in need of a moment of fall zen. And if you want to serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, well, you might just be a genius.
- 8 Tbsp butter, melted
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and butter an 8x8 baking dish.
- In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine melted butter and brown sugar. Mix until well combined.
- Add the egg, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and salt. Mix thoroughly.
- Add the flour and stir to combine.
- Pour batter into greased baking dish, spreading evenly.
- Bake for 20 minutes until baked through. Allow to rest for 5 minutes, then cut and serve.
With blondies in our tummies, we were all in better spirits. I didn’t want to delay the fun, so I snapped a few quick pictures then we all headed outside. We enjoyed a fall walk, picking up leaves and collecting acorns for squirrels, then piled up on the couch to watch Mickey’s House of Villians (currently streaming on Netflix FYI).
Yes, it’s important to me to be a firm parent, but trading in an occasional afternoon battle in favor of blondies and snuggles is where the memories are made.
Now go make a batch of these simple sweets and make some memories of your own! 🙂