Milky Way Chocolate Chip Blondies

For friends’ birthdays, I like to ask about their favorite flavors and surprise them with a special treat. Sometimes I try to fly under the radar and just pepper food questions into normal conversation so they don’t suspect what I’m up to. Other times…I’m way more obvious about it and literally ask people to send me their favorite flavors.

DSC07981That’s the kind of questioning that led to these awesome blondies. One of my friends said she really loved Milky Way candy bars–and I couldn’t resist finding a way to bake with them.

Lucky for me, Crazy for Crust had already thought about this. I used her recipe for Milky Way Chocolate Chip Blondies, but cut the caramel chips. I’m a huge fan of recipes that use a ton of flavors but for some reason, the caramel chips felt like too much going on.

These bake up beautifully, with a classic blondie top and a really nicely textured middle layer of caramel, chocolate and nougat. The Milky Way candy bars melt into a wonderful flavor combo and take these bars to the next level.

I never would have thought to bake with Milky Ways since I don’t really eat them–so thanks to the friend that inspired this!

Milky Way Chocolate Chip Blondies

Original recipe:  Crazy for Crust. I’ve rewritten things a bit and added commentary. 

Yield: ~30 bars

Suggested equipment: Mixer

Total Time: ~1 hour

Cook Time: ~25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups light brown sugar, packed firmly into your measuring cup
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 15 Fun Size Milky Way candy bars, chopped into pieces

Step by Step Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F
  2. Line a 9×13 pan with foil and spray it with nonstick cooking spray
  3. Use the paddle attachment on your mixer cream your brown sugar and butter
  4. Add eggs and vanilla, then beat until combined
  5. Add baking powder, salt and flour. Mix until combined
  6. Stir in the chocolate chips and chopped Milky Way bars
  7. Press your dough into the prepared pan. The dough can get sticky, but you can spray your hands with cooking spray so the dough doesn’t stick as much while you’re trying to spread it
  8. Bake for about 22-25 minutes. Keep a close eye on these blondies–you don’t want to overcook them! The center will still jiggle a bit when the bars are done, but they’ll firm up as the bars cool
  9. Let the bars cool completely before slicing them into pieces

These keep for a few days in an airtight container, or you can freeze them to save the goodness for longer.

 

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Web-Hopping vol. 17

Last week’s web-hopping became an “IRL” edition with my baking ideas inspired by the Specialty Food Association’s trade show. This week we’re back to the Web! Sometimes I think I should stop adding links to my baking list, since I already have over 300 recipes on there. But then I go online and start clicking around and so many recipes catch my eye, I just have to add them to the list. If only I could make more than 1 recipe a week…

This week brings us a mix of baked goods, candy, and cauliflower. Enjoy!

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Picture from Farm Fresh to You

Grated Apple Cookies: It may not be “official” apple season but luckily apples are easy to snag year-round. I love the idea of fresh apples mixing with spices to create a delicious treat, and this recipe looks super easy.

Rolo Cupcakes: These chocolate cupcakes have a surprise salted caramel center. Anytime something has a surprise salted caramel center, I am interested.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Revel Bars: This recipe uses 2 types of oats and peanut butter to make a crumbly dough that sandwiches a layer of chocolate. A.k.a. it sounds like heaven. And I happen to have a lot of chocolate that melted, then resolidified, and I want to melt it again… so these have to happen.

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From Bon Appetit

Parmesan-Roasted Cauliflower: This may be the most beautiful picture of cauliflower I’ve ever seen. I love how simple cauliflower dishes impart such flavor. My boyfriend and I have a habit of ordering roasted cauliflower appetizers or sides, so we want to try this home recipe soon.

Popin Cookin Candy making kit: This has to be one of the coolest food kits I’ve seen- depending on how you mix the ingredients, it produces different kinds of candy.