The Personal Palette
We all have a personal palette. Fashionistas say all colors are a go. But there are those colors that make us want to sink right in, and relax. Although my painting palette is a rainbow of color, my personal palette is earth tones, accentuated with the warm side of the color wheel: reds, oranges and grays.
My palette also includes the color that contains all color, black, and the absence (so-called) of color, white. Just look in your closet and around your interior spaces. You will immediately recognize your personal palette.
I know that my fondness for cardboard grew from my personal palette: it’s the color. I even see my palette in culinary choices. I love bringing as much color as possible to the food I prepare. But once in a while it startles me when I recognize the subtle overlay of my personal palette settling in, even in the kitchen!
These bars are a good example. An old fashioned cookie translated into a simple, comfortable sweet treat in my personal palette. Perfect!
2 1/3 cups flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350˚.
Spray the bottom only of a 9 x 13 pan.
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Whisk slightly to mix. Set aside.
Beat butter on high speed until creamy.
Beat in sugars.
Gradually beat in eggs and vanilla until combined.
Add dry ingredients and beat on low speed until combined.
Spoon 2/3 of the batter into the pan, and spread evenly.
Sprinkle evenly with the Cinnamon Filling.
Dollop teaspoons of the remaining batter evenly over the cinnamon filling. Gaps will show, but the batter spreads to form a marbled appearance with the filling showing through.
Bake 20-25 min, until golden and a tester inserted in the center comes outclean. Try not to overbake these. Cool completely for 1 hour. Cut before glazing, but leave in pan.
Prepare glaze in a small bowl, stirring ingredients until smooth and adding more or less liquid as necessary to creat a consistancy that will drizzle.
Drizzle over bars, and let the glaze set.
Can be frozen with glazed.