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One of my mother’s standby cookie recipes is Blondies and I found a couple of versions in her recipe box.  The first one I tried was unusual–more like pecan pie than a cookie bar.  It was good, but not the recipe I was after.  The second (this one) is the one I remember.  Blondies, in case you haven’t had them, are a cookie bar with a flavor like a chocolate chip cookie without the chips (though you can add chocolate chips if you like). She always made a double batch in a 9″ x 13″ pan, but a single batch in a 8″ x 8″ pan makes 9 cookies–the perfect size for a sample batch.  This recipe is quick and tasty.

1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
dash salt

(optional) 1/3- 1/2 cup of butterscotch chips, chocolate chips or chopped nuts can be added.

Mix sugar and softened butter.  Add slightly beaten egg and vanilla.  Fold in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Add mix-ins if desired.  Bake in 8″ x 8″ pan in 350° oven for 25 minutes.  Let bars cool for 25-30 minutes before cutting.

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