The little ones are asleep, our teen has a friend staying overnight, and hubby is tinkering on the computer…so I decided to bake something (I know, what a surprise). I didn’t have anything particular in mind, but I have been noticing a lot of leftover candy laying around the house lately. Odd for this time of year, as usually that only happens right after Halloween. And really, with 3 kids in the house leftover candy is a rare site indeed.
Not wanting to put in too much effort into tonights baking adventure, I decided to go with my tried and true Candy Bar Blondies…a deliciously buttery blondie base studded with chopped up candy bars, whatever you can get your hands on (or wrestle away from the kids). Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this bar! They come out tasting rich and buttery, soft and dense, with a to-die-for chewy crust (for those of you out there who are crust-lovers like me). In fact, if you happen to have an Edge Pan, double this recipe and make it in that, WOW. Be warned, these are very addictive…you may want to make them the night before company comes over so you can send the rest home with them. That’s the other reason I made these, my sister in law with a sweet tooth is coming over to visit tomorrow!
P.S. I gotta give credit where credit is due, the basic Blondie recipe comes from BakingBlonde’s weblog, check out the rest of her goodies!
Candy Bar Blondies recipe:
- 6 Tbls softened butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup flour
- 1 – 1 1/4 cups chopped up candy bars or candy pieces (tonight I used M&Ms and Peanut Butter Cups)
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 x 8 pan and set aside.
- In a large bowl, blend together the butter and brown sugar. Add in the egg and vanilla and stir until completely incorporated.
- Pour the flour into the same bowl, sprinkle the salt all over, then mix the flour in gently. Once you can no longer see any flour, add in the candy pieces and mix until just combined.
- Spread into the 8 x 8 pan and bake for 21-23 minutes, or until they are set and golden brown. If you like a really chewy crust, turn off the oven and leave the pan in there for an additional couple minutes before removing. Allow to cool completely before cutting.