Samoa Blondies from The Newlywed Kitchen

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The Newlywed Kitchen: Delicious Meals for Couples Cooking Together: This new cookbook from chef Lorna Yee and writer Ali Basye is a collection of 83 recipes aimed at those who are newly married. It’s not your typical, all-the-basics kind of cookbook that a newlywed might receive as a wedding gift. Rather it’s a unique blend of recipes and love stories meant to inspire couples to discover a love of cooking together in the kitchen.

The recipes range from starters such as Roasted Tomatillo Salsa, brunch goodies like Pina Colada Pancakes, droolworthy dinners such as Balsamic-Glazed Turkey Meatloaf and desserts like this Lemon- Sour Cream Pound Cake.

Many of the recipes serve just two, which makes it easy enough to double if you have another couple coming over for dinner. Each chapter ends with a suggested menu of dishes celebrating events that typically happen in the first year of marriage: Housewarming Party, Holiday with the Family, A Special Anniversary, etc.

I’m not a newlywed (15 years in July!), but I’m quite excited to try out many of the recipes that are in this book. They’re not the same old, same old “classics.” Instead, you’ll find recipes more on the unique side. Unique = delicious 🙂 I tried out the Girl Scout cookie-inspired Samoa Blondies, but I opted to use M&M’s instead of the original recipe’s chocolate chips. The blondies incorporate one my favorite things… browned butter and something I don’t usually like all that much… coconut. I thought I’d give them a shot to see if I’d be able to overlook the coconut and enjoy them.

Enjoy them, I did! There are so many wonderful flavors going on in these bars that I could barely detect the coconut at all. I undercooked them slightly (as recommended by author Yee), and they were warm, gooey and irresistable right out of the oven. This recipe can be found here: Samoa M&M Blondies.

Attending any weddings this summer? Yee’s cookbook would make a lovely wedding gift for a couple who might already have a hint of interest in cooking and food. You can check it out and purchase here: The Newlywed Kitchen.

You might also be interested to know that Yee has her own cooking blog: The Cookbook Chronicles, where she is currently displaying Nutella Blondies… of all things.  Wow!

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  • shelly (cookies and cups) wrote:

    Those look insanely yummmmm!
    Cool idea adding the M&M’s!

  • SinfulSouthernSweets wrote:

    These look heavenly! Great book for anyone, but it would be a nice gift for all those June brides!

  • Tessa wrote:

    These bars look amazing. You may have me sold on the cookbook!

  • Charles G Thompson wrote:

    Those look delish! Nice book too.

  • Barbara Bakes wrote:

    My favorite GS cookie is the samoa, so I’m sure I’d love these.

  • Katrina wrote:

    Love everything about these!

  • Amanda wrote:

    Well they look fabulous! Will have to check out that book 🙂

  • VeggieGirl wrote:

    HOLY YUM!!!

  • Mary wrote:

    Oh wow, these look amazing! And your pictures… incredible!


  • bridget {bake at 350 wrote:

    Looks like a great cookbook…and the BLONDIES! Oh my!

  • Heather wrote:

    YUM! These look delicious and I love the color of the m&m’s. My husband is a huge Samoa’s lover and I’m sure these would be a hit in my house.
    And eventhough I’m not a Newlywed I may just have to get this cookbook.

  • nina wrote:

    This is a kiddie pleaser….I can imagine that I will have to hide these babies!!!

  • grace wrote:

    really, the only things i ever like to see bleeding are m&m’s. what a lovely batch of bars–great recipe out of a great cookbook!

  • Joanne wrote:

    One of my friends is getting married in a few weeks and I think I’m going to have to get her a copy. And one for myself. Maybe that will bring me one step closer to being a newlywed…some kind of karma effect.

    These look awesome!

  • Sarah – A Beach Home wrote:

    You had me at Lemon Sour Cream pound cake! This sounds like one cook book I could justify breaking my rule of “No New Cookbooks” for.

  • Paula -bell’alimento wrote:

    I think I NEED this cookbook too ; ) YUM !

  • Emma wrote:

    oh wow, i can’t wait to try these!

  • Nicole wrote:

    These look crazy good! I love Lorna’s recipes from her blog and I think I “need” this cookbook 🙂

  • Sonia wrote:

    Ha! what a beautiful M & M blondies!! love the shade of rainbow inside the blondie! Kidos will love it, though I don’t have any kids yet. 🙂

  • Jessica @ How Sweet wrote:

    I have heard of these samoa brownies and they sound so delicious. I love the color added with the M&Ms!