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The beauty of a tried and true recipe is how easily you can change it up. If you love the buttery, chewy deliciousness of a blondie and you’re a peanut butter fan, you’ve gotta try these. You could easily add chocolate chips if you like, but I thought I’d make these a little different and add my favorite chocolate lovers’ frosting.

PEANUT BUTTER BOURBON BROWNIES with CHOCOLATE LOVERS’ FROSTING
adapted from Mark Bittman’s original recipe for blondies

1 stick salted butter, melted
1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup peanut butter (I like Skippy creamy)
1 large egg
2 tablespooons bourbon
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup + 1 1/2 teaspoons flour (the extra amount is to compensate for the Maker’s Mark)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8 x 8″ baking dish. Combine melted butter with brown sugar till smooth. Beat in peanut butter, then egg, bourbon and vanilla.

Combine salt, soda, baking powder and flour. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Stir in chopped chocolate.

Pour into baking dish. Bake for 25 minutes. Cool completely, then frost with chocolate lovers’ frosting.

CHOCOLATE LOVERS’ FROSTING (half batch for 8×8″ treats)
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) salted butter, softened
2  tablespoons milk (or sour cream, if you have it handy)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup confectioners sugar
1/4 cup cocoa (by now, you know my heart belongs to Valrhona)

Beat together butter, milk (or sour cream) and vanilla, then gradually add cocoa and sugar. Frost blondies and enjoy the two great tastes that taste great together!

You might have noticed I bake. But that doesn’t keep me from calling on my good friend Duncan Hines when I want my yellow cake of choice: Butter Recipe Golden. You know, the one with a stick of butter in the batter? Aw, heck, it says right on the box, “AMERICA’S FAVORITE.” I must be onto something.

Growing up, anytime the cake craving hit, Mr. Hines was the man in my family. But frosting, THAT had to be homemade. I may never find a scratch yellow cake recipe I love as much, but this is the year I’ll give it a shot. Till then, let me tell you about this incredibly chocolatey,  fudge-like frosting that is so easy to whip up.

CHOCOLATE LOVERS’ FROSTING

1 stick (½ cup) butter, softened
4 tablespoons milk (or sour cream, if you have it handy)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1½ – 1¾ cup confectioners sugar
½ cup cocoa (by now, you know my heart belongs to Valrhona)

Beat together butter, milk (or sour cream) and vanilla, then gradually add cocoa and sugar. Frost your cake and enjoy!

And now…

Someone special is celebrating a birthday–no April foolin’! Yes, April Katt herself, the fabulous feline star of Katty’s Kitchen, turns eleven on April 1st. In her honor, I had to have this most purr-fect Yixing teacup.

Hello Katty!

Lovely to look at, delightful to hold

Just like my kattygirl!
Happy Birthday, Queenie!
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