Sweet and Salty Candy Bar Blondies

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Sweet and Salty Candy Bar Blondies

When I asked my Father-in-Law what he wanted for his birthday dessert, his only request was chocolate covered pretzels.  Sweet and salty, who doesn’t love those?

Sweet and Salty Candy Bar Blondies

But come on, it is a birthday dessert!  And since chocolate covered pretzels are what I make as an afterthought when I have extra melted chocolate, I just had to make something else.

Sweet and Salty Candy Bar Blondies

So I threw together something else sweet and salty that required just a little more time and effort than the pretzels (of course I made those too) and was thrilled with the result.  What I love about blondies is how flexible they can be.  You can load them up with whatever you are in the mood for.  Since Halloween is just a couple of weeks away, these would be the perfect way to use up any extra candy or the inevitable post-holiday candy sale purchases.

Sweet and Salty Candy Bar Blondies


Sweet and Salty Candy Bar Blondies
Serves 12-16

Ingredients:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
12 3/8 ounces (1 1/2 cups packed) light brown sugar
7 ounces (1 1/2 cups) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 x-large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup honey roasted peanuts
1/2 cup M&Ms
1/3 cup chopped Heath Bars (~8 minis)
1/4 cup Reese’s Pieces (I used mini but regular sized would work, too)

Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees; line an 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish with parchment paper and set aside
In a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and brown sugar, stirring constantly; remove from heat and set aside when butter is completely melted
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt and baking powder; set aside
In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and vanilla; whisk in butter and sugar mixture
Whisk in flour mixture until almost combined and then fold in any remaining crumbs with a spatula
Fold in peanuts and candy until evenly distributed throughout batter
Pour into prepared baking pan
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a knife comes out clean
Set aside to cool before cutting
Note: Blondies will stay fresh for several days if wrapped or packaged in an air-tight container.  They also freeze incredibly well, just wrap them tightly in tin foil.

Sweet and Salty Candy Bar Blondies

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26 Responses to “Sweet and Salty Candy Bar Blondies”

  1. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray October 16, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    Considering the fact that I’m completely in love with your blondies, you *know* I’m bookmarking this recipe. :) Happy birthday to your FIL!

  2. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite October 16, 2012 at 11:18 am #

    WOW! I absolutely adore the texture of your blondies (nice and gooey!) so the added candy bar pieces would just make this perfection! Great birthday treat!

  3. Tracey October 16, 2012 at 11:39 am #

    These blondies look like they have the best texture ever! I’m all about sweet and salty treats, I know I’d love them.

  4. Kathryn October 16, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    Woah…these sound incredible. Love all that salty & sweet that’s going on.

  5. Kelly October 16, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    I love how buttery and almost molten the centers of those look. They remind me a bit of the inside of some Chewy Banana Tolberone Cookies that I made earlier in the year. I’m a sucker for anything that has that soft, chewy texture.

    • Keep It Sweet October 21, 2012 at 8:02 am #

      Oh those sound amazing, Kelly!

  6. Valerie October 16, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    Oh! These blondies have a perfect chewy-gooey center!! I Love the toffee-ish flavor that results from melting brown sugar and butter together. Don’t you just love that birthdays give us as the perfect “excuse” to bake?! :D

  7. Cassie | Bake Your Day October 16, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    These are blondie perfection!

  8. Julie @ Table for Two October 16, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    I love salty/sweet combinations and these blondies look perfect!!

  9. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) October 17, 2012 at 7:47 am #

    Sweet and salty is my favorite combination! I think I could probably eat about 5 of these… They look so good!

  10. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel October 17, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    Stop torturing me!

  11. Marcia October 17, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    They are delicious, and he ate all of them!!! Yum!

  12. Carolyn October 17, 2012 at 9:31 am #

    I couldn’t even take a bite of those, but man, they sure are pretty!

  13. ally October 17, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    check THESE out! so gooey… chocolatey… perfect for my sweet tooth.
    xo
    http://allykayler.blogspot.ca/

  14. thelittleloaf October 18, 2012 at 4:26 am #

    These look incredibly gooey in the middle – a-mazing! And perfect for using up leftover chocolates and treats after Halloween :-)

  15. Joanne October 18, 2012 at 6:55 am #

    I have a serious problem when it comes to all things sweet and salty…in that I can never stop myself from devouring them in one sitting! These look addictive. I’m glad you birthday-dessert-ified your father-in-law’s request!

  16. Rachel Cooks October 18, 2012 at 8:06 am #

    These look SO ooey gooey perfect. Love!

  17. Ashley Bee October 18, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

    I would gobble these up. Perfect balance of sweet and salty! I cannot handle brownies as dessert because they’re so dense, but these have just the right amount of chocolate. Paired with a big glass of milk I could probably eat the whole pan!

  18. Veronica October 20, 2012 at 5:37 am #

    It’s been a long time since I checked in and I see you are still up to your fabulous baking tricks! Your blog/website is so pro now-love how you’ve got it set up for business too! LOVE. Just like I love sweet and salty and what else could I expect from the girl who loves her peanut butter and chocolate. These bars are sound so good!

    • Keep It Sweet October 21, 2012 at 8:03 am #

      So good to hear from you, Veronica!!! Thank you so much for the sweet note:-)

  19. Amy (Savory Moments) October 22, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

    Oh my goodness. These look insanely good. Perfect for Halloween!

  20. Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake October 29, 2012 at 6:27 pm #

    These look amazing!!

  21. Liz November 1, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    I just might have to steal some of my kids Halloween treats now! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Simply Life November 7, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    oh just looking at those, they look so perfectly decadent!

  23. Hosking's Sweets November 13, 2012 at 6:42 am #

    These look yummy! :-)

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