These fabulous bars are Caramel Chocolate Chunk Blondies, a.k.a. Asheville Blondies. A few weeks ago, I attended Food Blog Forum 2014 in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina. These blondies, inspired by ingredients lovingly created by the food artisans of Asheville, are my thank you for their gracious hospitality.
I hope the name of this recipe isn’t deceiving. These cookies are definitely cinnamon and I think they taste divine, but they aren’t exactly Divinity cookies. Divinity cookies are different than divinity candy. Divinity candy is a nougat-like sweet, made mostly from egg whites and corn syrup. Divinity cookies are a crunchy-crumbly cookie usually full of chopped walnuts. I honestly had never heard of Divinity cookies until recently. I was doing a google image search when I noticed these. They looked delicious, so I clicked through. After a little further research, the sad nostalgic truth behind the recipe was revealed.
School is back in session and the internet is filling with pumpkin recipes, sure signs that fall is supposed to be here. Apparently, the weather here in St. Louis hasn’t gotten the seasonal change memo. Temperatures have been in the high 90’s with a heat index of over 100. Toasty. Muggy. Hot. I am not ready to embrace cool weather foods. Instead I offer 3-2-1 Mandarin Orange Cake, a sweet treat full of sunshine, cooked to deliciousness without turning on the oven!