Corona Blondies

I’ve always considered myself to be someone who follows the rules.

I mean the important ones. I’m totally OK with ripping the tags off of my pillows and wearing gobs of white after Labor Day.

But the important ones, yes. I guess that’s just how I was raised.

The down side that I have found in following the rules is that you come to expect that everyone else is doing the same. And when someone breaks the rules, it can catch you by surprise. Making that face. That ‘I totally can’t believe he/she just did that’ face.

My neighborhood has a rule that dogs must be walked on their leashes. Maybe your neighborhood has a rule like this.

So there I was yesterday afternoon walking in my little neighborhood with my little dog at the end of a little leash.

All of a sudden, a streak of pink lightening flashed and I found myself staring down the muzzle of an extremely vocal, unattended Yorkie.

She was adorned in a coordinated series of little pink bows.
She had better hair and nails than I have.
She was coming after my poor, leashed doggie and I.

I was so surprised by this development that I snatched up my dog (he has requested to remain anonymous for reasons that should be eminently clear) and began backing into the flora lining the sidewalk.

The pink bows were advancing.
I was retreating.
And my back was up against a row of cacti.
I will refer you to the seat of my yoga pants for confirmation.

The apologetic owner of this attack Yorkie showed up a few minutes later, unfastened leash dangling from around her neck.

Whatever.

No biggie.

Please see the back of my pants and the whimpering, emasculated little dog in my arms to gauge my mood.

I went home and broke a rule. I dumped some Corona into my blondies and felt good about it.

The golden, wheaty effervescence works really well with the vanilla and brown sugar.

And then I broke another rule and cut my blondies into circles instead of squares. I felt good about this decision as well.

Now I just need a new pair of yoga pants, a leash for my neighbor and perhaps a pink bow or two for my poor, traumatized doggie.

Corona Blondie Bites

1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened
1 c. white sugar, granulated
1/2 c. dark brown sugar, tightly packed
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
2/3 c. Corona beer (I used Corona Extra here – you may substitute another light beer, but I would recommend trying to stick with fresh, not flat, Corona. And you will want to be sure, when measuring, that you get 2/3 cup of beer and no head.)
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tbsp. lemon zest
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350°.

Grease an 8″ x 8″ baking pan liberally with cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract.

Beat in the flour and salt alternating with the beer, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Once a uniform batter has formed, fold in the zest.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the blondies comes out clean. Allow the blondies to cool completely before cutting. At this point you may choose to slice conventional square blondies or use a circular cutter to cut smaller, round blondie bites. I used a 1 1/2″ cookie cutter to make my bites. The scraps, of course, went to the house.

YIELD:  12 blondie bites

Comments

    • 39

      Meagan says

      Absolutely, Nikki: milk, coconut milk or water, or even buttermilk would be great options here in place of the beer. Let me know how they turn out!

  1. 42

    says

    i saw corona and lime cupcakes at a place in chicago recently, but they weren’t available the day i went….i am going to have to make these instead now!

  2. 44

    says

    I felt in love with this blondies when I saw it there, and I couldn’t wait more. Yesterday, I cooked them for a Tex Mex dinner, and the are perfect!! It’s incredible how delicious is Corona (here in Spain Coronita) with the sugar, butter and the white chocolate (yes, I added some white chocolate chips!!).
    I hate all types of beer (included Corona/Coronita), but I like it in some recipes, and in your blondies, I must say I LOVE IT!!!
    Thanks for the recipe!!

  3. 46

    says

    What a great idea! And the circles are totally inspired.

    And maybe if you get a pink leash with bows, your neighbor will use it?

  4. 47

    says

    I do love to break some rules. Corona in blondies sounds like an excellent place to start….such a neat twist in the flavor. The rounds are so cute…and of course you get to nibble away at the scraps. ;)

  5. 49

    says

    Made these for a housewarming party tonight. Am sure the beer-ingredient will go over well. They rose so high! The edges of the pan are in fact more like cake, the centre I am hoping will be more fudgey (though it all tastes great – not my oven either as it’s never caused odd rising before – I guess my bottle of beer must have just been extra-fizzy).

    Have to say though – it should be LIME! That’s the traditional Corona accompaniment, no?

    Love your story, the writing and the recipe. Have a good day.
    -Adrian

  6. 50

    says

    These look *amazing!* I think the idea of adding corona is nothing short of genius, and cutting them into circles makes them unique. I would love to have one… or two. :)

  7. 52

    says

    You and your poor doggie! When I was little we had a Shih Tzu and each time she would get groomed they’d paint her nails and put bows in her hair. They called it a foo-foo. “Susie, it’s time for your foo-foo!” I’m pretty sure she hated us for that.

    Also…these blondes are GENIUS!!!

  8. 55

    says

    Cute story (at least it is when it’s your yoga pants not mine :))…and delightful blondie rounds. They look so yummy…feel free to mail me those delicious scraps!

  9. 56

    Denise DiSpena says

    Thanks, Meagan. I’m glad you unleashed that recipe…very interesting, beer instead of yeast or baking powder!

    I will try them but I think I’ll stick to cutting squares…I wouldn’t want all the scraps to go to the dogs!

  10. 58

    says

    I get so annoyed by people letting their mean dogs run loose without leashes, when they know they have behavioral problems! I have gotten bit, and one attacked my own leashed dog, so I can understand you getting irritated with the owner of the pink bow dog. But anyways, these sound awesome! Who wouldn’t love Corona in blondies, and who says you can’t make your own rules ;)! Great idea! Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week
    :)!

  11. 59

    says

    LOL! I got such a chuckle reading your fun story! Although the thought of being chased by any little barking beastie, dressed in pink bows or not, sounds a little less than pleasant, the result sounds quite the opposite (The Corona-laced blondies I mean!).

    Sounds like a fun and delicious recipe ~ sent you some foodie love (ie: buzz) on Foodbuzz!

    ~ marie

  12. 62

    Carol says

    I dumped beer into a blondie-esque cupcake recipe once too because I was missing some ingredients and had to improvise! I believe it was Sierra Nevada, and I was quite pleased with there results too!

  13. 64

    says

    Fabulous ideas, you rule breaker you! i think you should break the rules more often, then again i have been told I am a bad influence! Keep it up Ms Rebel! I hope your poor doggie has recovered and perhaps your neighbour should help pay for the new yoga pants….just sayin’.

  14. 66

    says

    Isn’t it annoying when some dogs have better manicures and clothes than yourself?! Hehe….I feel you….although I’m one of those rebels and break rules everyso often! Circular blodies look great!

  15. 67

    says

    Your story had me laughing at my desk! Leash laws are for the safety of people and the doggies, maybe your neighbor needs a reminder!

    Great looking blondies. Cutting them into circles then allows you to eat the scraps, genious.

  16. 69

    says

    I get confused by rule-breaking too, but a dog in pink bows on the attack sounds hilarious. Sorry about your pants! The blondies look like the perfect way to relax after this incident. Wish I could taste one right now.

  17. 70

    says

    it’s funny, I know so many people who wouldn’t get a small dog because they’re not ‘menacing’ enough (you know, in the case you’re being burgled or attacked or something)… but when those sharp little teeth are coming at you, I think any dog can be menacing if it really wants to be! Sorry you were traumatized, but at least you got inspiration for a delicious dessert out of it!

  18. 71

    says

    I’ve never seen beer used in a sweet treat before. Personally, if it had been me, both of those beers would have gone in me, not the blondies. The blondies would gone in me AFTER the beer!

    They’re gorgeous though. I love how you can see that they’re so very, very gooey but have that perfect crust on the top. I want them badly (and so will be making them). Good luck with your next walk!

  19. 74

    says

    Yorkies are such funny little dogs…except when they’re being ankle biters (and yoga pants tend to be expensive!) Reminds me of that episode of the dog whisperer where Cesar Millan couldn’t stop laughing after being called to a pit bull rescue centre, where his “whisperee” was a chihuahua called “el Diablo” that had the pit bulls quivering with fear!

    REALLY interesting take on the blondies! I bet you needed the Corona after the lack-of-leash incident ;-)

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