Whenever I’m feeling kind of meh, I have a few options. A nap isn’t usually possible (there are small children about), so I can either try to sneak episodes of whatever TLC show is new on Netflix without the li’l ones noticing, or I can make a pie. It’s hard to hide what my iPad is doing, so I think the pie wins this one.
I like to keep my chocolate in the freezer. Have you tried it? If not, I highly recommend. The whole consistency and texture and flavor just changes in this magical way when chocolate is frozen.
What eventually happens is that the front drawer in my freezer is full of goodies: M & Ms, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips. If it’s got chocolate, it’s in there! So every now and then I have to get rid of whatever is in there and then replenish gradually. It’s the circle of life.
Last night, I was staring into my freezer and I had a sudden hankering for blondies. Really thick, chewy blondies with lots of goodies mixed in. I grabbed the bags in my freezer, made up a batch of my favorite blondies, and threw all the candy in there.
It was kind of therapeutic, actually. What better way to spend an evening than freely tossing candy into batter and eating some along the way while dancing to guilty pleasure music? I can’t think of anything more fun. Especially when the blondies came out of the oven and I got to eat them!
They were all that was promised. Thick. Full of stuff. Sinfully irresistible, rivaling any bakery blondie I’ve ever had, and then some. Wow, that came out totally arrogant-sounding. Oh well. If I couldn’t bake, I wouldn’t be doing this whole blogging thing.
The lesson here, my friends, is to use up what you have from time to time. Chocolate does go bad, so it’s vital to bake with it before that happens. You can’t just let it languish for months in your cabinets. Then when you try it and it’s all chalky, you’ll just be lost in the sadness.
If you have different mix-ins at home, use those. I’ll list what I used in the recipe, but that’s just me. It’s important to realize that you can put your own mark on these blondies! Just make sure that the candy you put in is your favorite. Then everyone wins!
- Preheat the oven to 350. Line an 8 x 8 pan with foil, leaving enough to overhang the sides, and coat in cooking spray.
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- Take a larger bowl and mix the brown sugar, melted butter, eggs and vanilla until just blended. Add the dry ingredients gradually and mix until incorporated. Fold in the candy.
- Spread the batter in the prepared pan.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes until the edges are browned. The middle might jiggle slightly, but it will harden as the bars cool. Do not overbake. Cut into squares with a sharp knife and store in an airtight container