i had asked students to come meet me at school today, a saturday, to help make progress on the world map we’re painting. i had a few say yes but i knew that most kids don’t want to be anywhere near school on their days off. so i thought, for those that do show, if any, i’d reward them greatly in the form of home baked sweets. so much for my ‘baking hiatus’!
to my surprise two students showed along with my site mate laura. and after much frustration and struggle to get the grid work started and done accurately (we’re painting a map outside that’s 16ft x 8ft without any easy-way-out projector technology), they definitely deserved a sugar break. i was beyond grateful that they even came to help. now i’ll have to think of more treats to bake to keep map motivation up for the rest of the week. ; )
(adapted from this original recipe)
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups packed brown sugar (or 2 cups white sugar plus 2 tbs honey)
1 cup butter, at room temperature
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract (or one packet vanilla)
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon (though i tossed in way more)
1.) preheat oven to 350*f. lightly grease an 8 x 8 inch pan (or 9 x 13 in — bake time 25-30 min).
2.) sift together flour, baking powder and salt and set aside. in large bowl, beat together butter, sugar (and honey if using), egg, and vanilla until smooth.
3.) stir in the flour mixture until well blended. spread evenly in prepared pan (mixture will thick. somewhat cookiebatter-ish.)
4.) combine white sugar and cinnamon in a little bowl. evenly sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture over the top of the batter.
5.) bake 50-60 minutes for an 8 x 8 in pan or until surface springs back when gently pressed. cool slightly. while still warm, cut into bars with a sharp knife.