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Gooey Butterscotch Blondies

Don't be fooled by the name: This dessert is secretly vegan
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To know Husbands That Cook is to love Ryan Alvarez and Adam Merrin, the duo behind the joyful blog that delivers consistently excellent vegetarian recipes geared towards the home cook. Their eponymous first cookbook Husbands That Cook is a love story as told by food, including recipes for coconut curry, and island-inspired breakfast bowl and these butter-free butterscotch blondies that even your vegan friend can enjoy.

Gooey Butterscotch Blondies

Yield: 9 large or 16 small blondies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

1 tablespoon vegan butter, for greasing the pan

½ cup almond butter

1 tablespoon refined coconut oil

1 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon instant coffee crystals

¼ cup water

1⅓ cups all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

⅔ cup butterscotch chips

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease an 8-inch square baking pan with vegan butter. Line the bottom and sides of the pan with two overlapping strips of parchment paper, forming a sling to lift out the blondies later. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine the almond butter, coconut oil, brown sugar, vanilla, salt, coffee crystals, and water, and whisk until smooth and blended. Add the flour and baking powder, using a spoon or rubber spatula to stir just until no streaks of dry flour remain. Add the butterscotch chips and stir until evenly distributed in the batter.

3. Transfer to the prepared baking pan, and spread into an even layer. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, then set on a wire rack to cool.

4. Use the parchment to lift the blondies out of the pan, and cut into 9 to 16 pieces, depending on your size preference. The blondies can be served warm from the oven or, once cooled, can be covered and left overnight at room temperature since they are even gooier the next day.

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