Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 5, Write and Perform Harry Potter Themed Christmas Carols & Make Butter Beer Blondies

Each year, we write and perform our own Christmas Carols (see last year’s Carol Hootenanny post for “Moves Like Santa” and others like it!) The kids still love their Harry Potter! So, this year, we thought we’d have them write Harry Potter specific carols. We’ll suggest titles like “The Twelve Days at Hogwarts,” “Good Wizard Dumbledore,” and “He’s a Mean One, Mr. Riddle” as starting points. [And, of course, we’ll post the lyrics as they become available.]

To go with our festive song-writing hour, we’re whipping up a batch of a classic snack with a Harry Potter twist: Butter-Beer Blondies. You’ll find our recipe below. While, as you may know, my husband and I have no fear of letting the kids cook with beer [See our Beer Pretzels and Mustard recipes from our Summer of Funner 2012!], the “Beer” option in this recipe is actually booze… We thought it would make a more elegant pairing with our butterscotch and toffee. The kids aren’t complaining!!

Butter Beer Blondies

Servings: 16 Squares
Author: Roseanne Carrara, The Lunchbox Season


  • 1 c packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1 egg whisked slightly
  • OPTIONAL: 2 tsp rum or cognac
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 c all purpose flour
  • 1/2 c butterscotch chips*
  • 1/2 c toffee bits or crushed Heath/Scor bars**The above butterscotch chips and toffee bits may be substituted with 1 c chocolate chips if you're in a jam
  • Optional: Whipped Cream & a dash of yellow food colouring for topping


  • Preheat the oven to 350.
  • Spray an 8×8 in baking pan with baking spray or grease with a butter wrapper. You might also line it with a gently buttered square of parchment.
  • In a saucepan, melt butter and sugar over medium heat.
  • When the mixture is smooth, set aside and cool for a few minutes. [Transfer to a different bowl if you are in a hurry.]
  • Add egg, optional alcohol, and vanilla and stir until just combined.
  • Stir flour, chips, and toffee into the batter.
  • Spread batter into the pan.
  • Bake for 22-26 minutes, or until a butter knife or wooden skewer in the centre comes out fairly clean, barring the melted chips. Note: The Blondies will still be gooey!
  • After 15 minutes of cooling, slice the blondies in the pan. Again, the Blondies will still be gooey, but they’ll firm up over time.
  • Continue to cool for at least another 20 minutes.
  • Serve slightly warm and gooey or cooled completely and firm.
  • OPTIONAL: For a “foamy look,” add a dollop of fresh whipped cream mixed with slight a tint of yellow colouring if so desired.


Recipe may be doubled and baked in a 9x16 pan

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Update: The kids wrote their songs this evening! They turned out to be Harry Potter Songs that happened to be set to Christmas Tunes as opposed to Christmas Songs with Harry Potter Themes…But they are AWESOME!

Bea’s Carol
We Three Wizards of Griffindor Are

We three wizards of Griffindor are
Bearing wands, we apparate far,
Marsh and furrow, bank and burrow, following
Yonder Horcrux

Oh, Locket of Slytherin, Cup of Hufflepuff,
Lost Diadem of Ravenclaw, Nagini to snuff,
Diary, Ring, and Harry Bring-ing
Peace by Playing Dead – a Bluff!

Toby’s Carol
The Twelve Days of Hogwarts

On the First of Day of Hogwarts, McGonagall gave to me
1) An Owl in a Womping Willow Tree
On the Second Day of Hogwarts, Olivander gave to me
2) Phoenix Wands, and an Owl in a Womping Willow Tree,
On The Third Day of Magic, Lupin gave to me
3) Hairy Werewolves, Two Phoenix Wands, and an Owl in a Womping Willow Tree.
On the Fourth Day of Hogwarts, Hedwig gave to me
4) Weasley Howlers…..
On the Fifth Day of Hogwarts, Madame Hooch gave to me
5) Golden Snitches…
Of the Sixth Day of Hogwarts, Flitwick gave to me
6) Awesome Spellbooks…
On the Seventh Day of Hogwarts, Sprout gave to me
7) Screaming Mandrakes…
On the Eighth Day of Hogwarts, Peaves gave to me
8) Talking Paintings…
On the Ninth Day of Hogwarts, Freg & George gave to me
9) Potions from Severus
On the Tenth Day of Hogwarts, Hagrid gave to me
10) Nimbus 2012’s
On the Eleventh Day of Hogwarts, Voldemort gave to me
11) Dark Dementors…
On the Twelfth Day of Hogwarts, Dumbledore gave to me
12) Chocolate Frogs…

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