Candy is sprinkled through these soft, buttery blondie bars for an easy & irresistible treat!
If you’re left with large bowls of candy from the holiday, this recipe is a perfect way to create something delicious and unexpected.
Some think candy season begins and ends with Halloween, but it lasts through to the New Year for most of us.
The best part about this recipe is it’s versatility. Think turtles, red & green M&M’s, cherry cordials, or even Ferrero Rocher, chopped and sprinkled throughout for a more festive touch.
The base is a soft, buttery blondie bar allowing for the mix-ins to take center stage.
Blondies are the underrated relative of brownies. In the case of blondies you sub the cocoa for rich vanilla and brown sugar offering subtle notes of caramel to the batter.
If you’re really feeling extra bougie, brown your butter for a extra layer of depth.
Today’s recipe is what I like to call, a one-bowl wonder. It comes together quickly, making them even easier to whip up than cookies when the mood to bake strikes.
It’s one of my favorite desserts to make especially around the holidays as they make perfect gifts too.
Candy Bar Blondies
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 1 dozen blondie bars 1x
- 1 cup AP flour
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 extra large egg
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla
- 1 cup chopped candy (I used Reese’s, Heath bars, Kit Kats, and Whoppers) – see recipe notes for substitutes and other variations
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together flours, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Add egg, butter, and vanilla. Stir until a thick but sticky dough forms.
Add chopped candies and fold to combine. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared baking dish and bake for about 20 minutes until the sides are slightly golden and the cake tester comes out clean. You want to be sure not to overbake your blondies.
Remove and let cool slightly in the dish before transferring, about 5 minutes. Lift out using the paper, and transfer to a cutting board . Cut into 12 equal bars. Serve & Enjoy!
You can you any candy or mix-in you desire. You could even add in nuts or dried fruit too!
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