You know those girls that seem funny, sweet and cool online and then only exceed all of your expectations? Well that's Gaby, from What's Gaby Cooking. I first met her at my baby shower where she made my dream meal: fried chicken, avocado toast and her signature "slutty brownies" and we've kept in touch ever since.
We're bringing on some great tastemakers for the site - people I know and love - to help contribute fantastic content, so naturally Gaby was the first person I reached out to. She'll be dreaming up inventive and delicious recipes once a month, starting off with her Halloween Blondie Brownies. We made these together a couple of weeks back and they're everything you want in a dessert: they're caramel-y and rich with little bites of M&Ms throughout. Needless to say, they're going to be served at this year's Halloween party.
Halloween Blondie Brownies
1 cup butter, melted
2 cup light brown sugar
4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
1 1/2 cups M&M’s (any variety will work, regular, dark chocolate, peanut butter, candy corn etc)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl or stand mixer, combine the melted butter and brown sugar and mix with a wooden spoon or paddle attachment for 1 minute until combined. Add the vanilla and eggs, making sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl, and mix until fully incorporated.
Add the dry ingredients into the bowl/stand mixer, flour, baking powder and baking soda and slowly mix until just combined. The batter will be a bit stiff, but that's normal. Fold in half of the M&M’s.
Spray a 8x8 baking pan with baking spray and line it with parchment paper. Spoon the batter into the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle the remaining M&M’s on top and transfer it into the oven. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Once the blondie brownies have baked, remove them from the oven and let cool for at least 2 hours before cutting and serving.
Images by Matt Armendariz (who shared his tips with me last year on how to take a perfect food picture)