I've done it before.....and I've done it again and am certain I won't deviate from this path! Not to long ago Natasha of 5 Star Foodie made these yummy Blondie Bars and as soon as I saw there was chunked almond paste in the bars I knew without a doubt, that I would be making these.
My dilemma? When I make something this yummy, I cannot leave it alone. Believe me. These bars are that yummy! I made a double batch for two reasons. 1. I wanted to try these really bad and 2. I knew one batch wouldn't be enough to share at work and make as many people as possible happy. Some people sadly DID miss out. However, several who didn't miss out made it a point to tell me how awesome they were! If I wanted to defeat my exercise purpose....I would have kept them all at home and eaten them for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks! Yes, they are that yummy!
Thank you Natasha, for a real keeper recipe! Since I didn't deviate much from her recipe, I will tell you what I did do and what I would do in the future - but please visit Natasha's awesome website for her recipe!
Natasha's recipe for: 5 Star Foodie Junior: Blondie Bars with Almond Paste Chunks, Chocolate Chips, and Dried Plums
What I did: I followed the recipe for the batter exactly as it was written. I then added dark chocolate chips and almond paste chunks. Because I made these at 3:30 AM (I know, call me crazy) what I intended to do totally went right out of my mind. Next time (and there will be a next time!) I will use dark chocolate, almond, maybe nuts or dried cherries and sprinkle with grey sea salts. Yum Yum Gimmie Some! Of course, mine doesn't have the dried fruit, hence the reason for the name change....still the same awesome recipe though!