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Candy Bar Blondies

With Halloween just around the corner, these Candy Bar Blondies are a great way to create a spooktacular fall dessert!

Candy Bar Blondies

If you’re like me, you’ve probably been stocking up on your favorite Halloween candy for months! And with that being said, do you still have any of those early buys of the sweetest little candies in your cupboard for the kids that will ring your bell for tick or treating?

Not likely!

In our home, I buy the candy, then somehow the bag gets opened. And when that happens I think, “I’m just going to have one of these.” I repeat this ritual over several days, until one day when I reach into the bag and it has gone empty! How did that happen? Did I really eat all of those mini Rollo candies? I know it had to be the hubby or son because they always find my candy hiding places. But, hmmmm, did they even know I had bought and hid these little treats? Probably not!

So if you find yourself in this predicament before the bewitching hour of October 31st, I would suggest that you go out and buy your favorite bite sized Halloween candy and whip up a batch of these satisfying Candy Bar Blondies for yourself! And be sure to buy a few extra bags for the kiddos!

You start with a soft buttery base and mix in mounds of Twix and Snickers (two of my favs), but you can use any type of candy that you like to make your very own customized spookalicious treat.

These treats will satisfy your candy craving so you won’t be tempted to sneak into that hidden bag of candy and you’ll be able to pass out yummy treats for the little ones dressed up so cute. As well, you can wait to make these decadent blondies until you raid your own kids bag (of course with their permission) from their score of sweets from the neighborhood!

Candy Bar Blondies

Candy Bar Blondies
2 packages yellow cake mix
1 cup butter, melted
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs
1 cup bite sized Twix candy bars, cut in half
1 cup bite sized Snickers candy bars, cut in half

Heat your over to 350 degrees. Prepare a 13×9-inch pan with non-stick spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, add the cake mix and melted butter. Stir until combined. Then add the eggs and mix well. Add the vanilla and stir. Then fold in the Twix and Snickers candy. Note, the mixture will be thick.

Dump the mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly with a spatula.

Bake for 30-40 minutes until the top is golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center. Do not over bake or they will become hard.

Candy Bar Blondies

I know you will love these Candy Bar Blondies just about as much as you enjoy sneaking a your favorite treat from the candy bag!

Sheila


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Toffee Squares

Can we say sweet addiction? Because these sinful Toffee Squares are purely addictive!

Toffee Squares

Do you love toffee? What about chocolate? If so, you’ll go crazy for these super-easy Toffee Squares. The medley of toffee and chocolate in one melt-in-your-mouth confection is, well an extremely tempting paring that will have you wanting more!

Truth be told, before making this recipe I had never made Toffee Squares…hard to believe I know! Especially because of my passion for crunchy toffee and rich chocolate!

Over the years, I’ve admired photos and recipe variations of these exquisite squares. As a matter-of-fact, they have been on my list of “things to make” forever. But for some reason or another I never got around to trying them, that is until the other day.

Well, let me just say, there is no going back. These delectable treats are now on my “keep” list forever! Not only are they simple to make, they are so beautifully elegant. And can be served as a fabulous afternoon snack, an after dinner treat, as well, they’re perfect to bring to a cookie swap or to an office party!

These Toffee Squares have an irresistible fusion of flavors. You start with a soft brown sugared base, topped with melted milk chocolate morsels then sprinkled with toffee bits!

Toffee Squares

Toffee Squares

Crust
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour

Topping
1-1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup Heath Bar Toffee bits

Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13×9-inch pan with cooking spray and set aside.

To prepare the crust: In a large bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment, add the butter and sugar and beat on medium speed until light, about 2 minutes. Then add the egg yolk, vanilla, and salt and beat until well blended. With your mixer on low-speed, gradually add the flour until just combined. Note, the dough will be stiff. Pour the dough into the pan and pat evenly over the bottom of the prepared pan.

Bake for about 22-25 minutes, or until golden brown on top.

Remove pan from the oven and chocolate chips evenly over the crust. Return to the oven for about 1 more minute, so that the chocolate melts. Remove from oven. Using a knife or offset spatula, spread the chocolate evenly over the crust. Sprinkle with the toffee bits and let cool completely on a wire rack. When cool, cut into small squares and serve.

Toffee Squares

You won’t be able to resist these Toffee Squares — so get your fix now!

Sheila

 

Recipe adapted from Epicurious

 


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The Pin Junkie Blogiversary Link Party!

Hey friends…do you know The Pin Junkie? Well you should!

Bonnie’s blog, The Pin Junkie, features all things done from Pinterest! Not only does she have an amazing blog, she also has an incredible Pinterest site too! Be inspired and help me celebrate The Pin Junkie’s 2 year blogiversary! And I’m just saying, Bonnie recently posted a Pumpkin Spice Cake recipe that looks incredible and I hope to try making it myself real soon!

Be sure to link up your favorite craft or recipe and visit the other bloggers who are hosting!!! Have fun!

 

http://www.thepinjunkie.com

Two years ago, Bonnie a.k.a. The Pin Junkie decided to actually do the things she pinned on Pinterest.  She made a few crafts, tried a few recipes and had so much fun, she wanted to share her love of Pinterest with everyone and The Pin Junkie was born!  Now she’s completely addicted and working her way through Pinterest one project at a time.  You can join her at:

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The Pin Junkie is celebrating it’s two year blogiversary and these bloggers are helping to celebrate in style with a HUGE link party! When you share your crafts and recipes at this party, they will be seen on all 40 of these blogs!

Party Rules
1.  Share anything family friendly – crafts, recipes, DIY projects.
2.  Visit other links at the party.  It’s always nice to leave some comments and pin from the original source.
3.  Visit and follow a few of the co-hosts.  They’d love it if you dropped by to say hello!

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Chocolate Toffee Blondies

Hey — it’s National Dessert Day! No better way to celebrate than with some incredible soft baked Chocolate Toffee Blondies!

Chocolate Toffee Blondies

Yes, I’ve got a thing for blondies! They are my go-to dessert! As well, I can’t seem to live without chocolate and toffee. Combine them together and you’ll have a dish of these divine squares of softness, oozing with sweet chocolate and dotted with delightfully crunchy toffee!

Even though there are a plethora of pumpkin and spiced receipes out right now — you can really make these babies all year round! And believe me, I do! These blondies are great for any occasion in any season.

If you haven’t noticed, dessert bars in my book are the BEST! For me, these scrumptious treats come together so easy and the outcome is, well heavenly! Throw all your ingredients in one bowl, spread them in a pan and bake. So much easier in my mind than baking cookies or for that matter much easier than making a layer cake!

Don’t get me wrong; I love cookies and cakes too. But since I always seem to be short on time, these Chocolate Toffee Blondies are the way to go! They are the perfect dessert in my mind, great for after dinner with a strong cup of coffee, as a satisfying afternoon snack, and if I must admit, I can even eat these little goodies for breakfast!

Chocolate Toffee Blondies

Chocolate Toffee Blondies

3 cups flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 large eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 bag (16 oz.) milk chocolate chips
1 cup Heath Bar Toffee Bits

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 13×9-inch pan with non-stick spray and set aside. Note, for thicker blondies use a smaller pan, such as 11×7-inch.

In a medium bowl add the flour, baking powder and salt and stir until combined. Set aside until ready to use.

In a large bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until soft. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Then mix in the vanilla.

On low-speed, slowly add the flour until just combined. Remove from stand and fold in the chocolate and toffee bits.

Spread batter in prepared pan and smooth top with a spatula. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the top has turned golden brown and the blondies are set. Do not over bake.

 

Chocolate Toffee Blondies

Take a bite into these divine Chocolate Toffee Blondies and celebrate National Dessert Day with me!

Sheila

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