Growing up we would make monthly, sometimes bi-monthly, trips to Costco. When we got to the check out line my mom would always play a game with us to guess what the total cost was. Even as a kid we liked playing this ‘game.’ Which isn’t a game at all, but we fell for it. There was no prize, just the pride of saying you were the best guesser. Anyway, these shopping trips have conditioned me to be a pretty good guesser in the checkout line at Costco.

Last trip I guessed $110. Total =$107 and some changes. I’d say that’s not too bad.

Do you know I sorta hate Costco a little? Only because it is worse then Target in the way you go in with 2 things on your list, and even if you only get those 2 things (which never happens) you always spend over $100. ALWAYS! Well, this particular Costco trip was no different…We went inside without a cart with the intention just looking at new TVs and getting my swirl frozen yogurt. That’s it, that was our sole purpose of being there. Dang you Costco and your ability to suck us in, all the way to the back furthest corner where the toilet paper is on one side and the produce on another. How did we end up all the way back there? I think I was hoping for samples so I kept inching my way back.

Somehow my arms are now filled with raviolis, snap peas, tangerine juice and mini bell peppers, we might as well get a cart. And since we have a cart now, we might as well shop some more. Economy size lactaid, Gummy Vites, vitamins, and frozen blueberries were the next and last additions to our cart. 5 lbs of frozen blueberries. Good gravy. What the heck do I do with 5 lbs of blueberries? Well, somehow, in 1 day I have already used 1/3 of the bag. I have confidence we will manage…

Now these blondies, these are GOOD! I have been loving almond extract in the last week. All of my cookies, bars, blondies and muffins have had almond instead of vanilla extract. Maybe it’s because on a previous Smart and Final trip I got persuaded to buy the 4 gallon jug of almond extract. I am going to take this as an indication that I should stay away form these bulk stores.

Blueberry Almond Blondies
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp almond extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 1/2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen (keep frozen)
Cream Cheese Frosting (Recipe Below)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×13 inch pan.

In a bowl with a hand or stand mixer, mix the butter and sugar for about a minute. Add the eggs and almond extract. Beat for another minute.

In another bowl, sift the flour, salt, and baking soda. Add this to the butter mix. Fold in the almonds and scoop into the greased pan. I used my hands to spread the dough around the entire pan. just get your hands wet and they won’t stick to the dough. Pour the blueberries onto the top of the dough and press them into the dough lightly.
*I don’t mix the berries in because they will turn the batter purple.

Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. Cool completely in the pan on a wire wrack.

Once it is completely cooled, invert the entire pan onto a cutting board and flip back over so it is top side up. Spread the frosting on the top and cut into bars.

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 block low fat cream cheese (8 ounces)
2 tbsp butter, room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 tbsp milk

Using a hand mixer, mix all ingredients in a bowl. Spread onto the blondies and sprinkle with sliced almonds.