Thursday, June 20, 2013

Sweet & Salty Candy Bar Blondies

Thick, chewy, sweet and salty - I'm not sure there's a better dessert combination.

I found the recipe for Sweet & Salty Candy Bar Blondies at Keep it Sweet Desserts - a website I am obsessed with. Lauren Lilling is the owner and baker behind the business and her Black and White Blondies have been featured on the Today Show AND were voted Best on the East Coast. I consider her a good authority on what makes a delicious blondie :)

Lauren's blog also features recipes for other delicious-looking desserts, salads, sandwiches, etc. I definitely recommend checking it out - although as a warning, you should probably be prepared for the drooling that's bound to happen.  

Bring these to any gathering and they'll be gone before you know it!

Sweet & Salty Candy Bar Blondies
*From Keep it Sweet Desserts

8 Tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into chunks
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp table salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 extra large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup honey roasted peanuts
1/2 cup M&Ms
1/3 cup Heath Bars (about 8 mini bars), chopped
1/4 cup Reece's Pieces

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a 8x8 or 9x9 baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and brown sugar. Stir constantly to combine and remove from heat once the butter is melted. In the meantime, combine flour, salt and baking powder and set aside. 

Combine eggs and vanilla, then whisk into the butter and sugar mixture. Then add the flour, salt and baking powder mixture and stir to combine. Finally, mix in the peanuts and candy until well combined. 

Pour the mixture into your prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes. Cool completely before cutting into squares. Hint: A pizza cutter is the perfect tool for cutting perfect dessert squares!

My questions for you:
  1. What is your favorite dessert?
  2. Which candies might you add to your own version of candy bar blondies?
I hope you have a delicious Thursday ;)

- ST


  1. This recipe is killing me, I wish I was able to go to try them!

    1. Consider making a batch this weekend - the recipe is super simple to follow :)

  2. Very excited to take these to the birthday party tonight! Baking as we speak and I'm trying desperately to not eat the leftover Reece's Pieces! :)

    1. Yes, the danger of having so many tasty candies around while baking!

  3. These look so amazing! Love the little crackled tops and the variety of different candies.

    Have you ever tried Skor bars? They're toffee dipped in chocolate and SO good!

    1. I have not tried Skor bars - perhaps next time I'll have to add them into the mix of candies!

  4. I want one! Seriously, they look so moist.