Have you ever had a day where you kind of want a cookie, but also kind of want a brownie? Enter Blondie Bars.
Blondie Bars have joined cupcakes and macarons in achieving trendy dessert status. While the recipe is nothing new, these giant-cookies that look like ‘blonde’ brownies are surprisingly quick and easy to make.
Smarties are the quintessential Canadian candy. They’re M&M’s slightly bigger and crunchier sister, still with a colorful candy coating surrounding dense milk chocolate. When combined with Blondie Bars they add a blend of texture and a hint of chocolate to an otherwise smooth and sweet flavor.
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose white flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1 cup of Smarties or M&Ms
- Meat tenderizer, rolling pin or other tool to crush the Smarties or M&Ms
- Cutting board to protect your counter
- Large bowl
- Small bowl
- Hand mixer or stand mixer
- Large spoon to mix with
- 13 x 9 square baking pan or other shape as desired (smaller the pan = thicker Blondies!) lined with parchment paper
- Milk – because giant cookie/brownies dipped in milk is a must (optional but highly recommended)
- One – Prepare baking pan by lining with parchment paper and preheat oven to 325 degrees in a convection oven (350 degrees in a non convection oven).
- Two – Crush your Smarties or M&Ms slightly using a meat tenderizer or rolling pin and protecting your counter with a cutting board. Set aside for now.
- Three – Mix together dry ingredients – flour, baking powder and salt.
- Four – Combine butter and sugar until well blended and smooth.
- Five – Mix in eggs and vanilla. Blend until smooth.
- Six – Mix in Smarties or M&Ms.
- Seven – Spoon dough into the prepared baking pan and spread until even.
- Eight – Cook for 15-18 minutes until the top is very lightly browned around the edges and a toothpick comes out clean.
- Frozen halloween candy? Bring out those boxes of Smarties and M&Ms, thaw them on the counter for an hour then use them in your Blondies.
- Put food coloring in your dough before adding the dry ingredients for a special occasion – green Blondies for St. Patricks day, red and green for Christmas, blue for Easter or any other color you desire.
- DUNK IN MILK!