Cheap ingredients create rich-tasting grapefruit blondies

By Scott Greenberg

Cheap beer doesn’t have to taste cheap, and fruity beer doesn’t have to taste like a juice box, especially if you bake with it. These beer blondies are made with a cheaper, grapefruit beer and are so tasty that everyone, even beer snobs, can enjoy them.

Here’s what you need:

• 1/2 cup Shiner Ruby Redbird

• 1/2 cup butter, room temperature

• 1 cup sugar

• 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar

• 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

• 2 eggs

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

• 1 teaspoon salt

• 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon

• 1 tablespoon grapefruit zest

• 1 cup pecans, roughly chopped

Here’s how you do it:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Put the butter and both sugars in a stand mixer and beat them for about three minutes on medium speed until everything is nice and fluffy. Beat in the first egg followed by the second, and add the vanilla last.

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and salt and change the mixer speed to low as you alternate adding the dry ingredients and beer into the butter mixture.

Heat up a small pan on medium heat and toss in the pecans and cinnamon. Toast them for about a minute or until fragrant and place them on a plate to cool. Be careful not to burn them, which will be apparent by the aroma.

Fold the grapefruit zest and toasted pecans into the batter.

Prepare a pan with non-stick spray and pour in the batter. Place it in the oven for 30-35 minutes and check it with the good ol’ toothpick test. When they’re ready, let them cool for a bit.

Eat them — preferably not the entire sheet of blondies, but hey, I probably won’t judge.

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