Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Pot O' Gold Blondies (March Cookie Corner)

Is it a cookie, a brownie, a bar?  Well it's a blondie.  I decided to post a blondie for cookie corner because it's a bar cookie, kinda.  Oh well, it's delicious, so easy to make, and a bit festive with rainbow candies.

My original plan for this month's cookie was a chocolate chip cookie with mini M&M's.  Here's what happened:

In my gorgeous Raspberry Ice Kitchen Aid mixer, that is 2 sticks of butter, sugar, 1 egg, and 1 EGG SHELL!  Not to mention I dropped the shell in the mixer while it was running, so the other half of the shell is already crunched up :)

OK, that went into the trash.  However, some accidents are happy accidents because I changed my game plan, and came up with an even easier recipe.  When I say easy, I mean super duper easy!  One bowl to mix it in, bake it for 25 minutes, and slice your way to these chewy moist bars.

recipe (yields 16 bars)

1 stick of butter, melted
1 c. brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt
1 c. flour
1/2 c. mini M&M's
1/4 c. milk chocolate chips

In a large bowl, blend sugar and butter until smooth.  Add the egg, vanilla, salt, and flour.  Mix until smooth.  With a large spatula or wooden spoon, fold in chips and candies.  Pour into a greased 8 x 8 pan.

So festive with all those colors

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 23 to 25 minutes.  The top will be a light golden, but don't over bake these.   Who wants a crumbly blondie? 

Let cool completely, and cut into 16 squares.  These little bites are rich and decadent, and a huge hit with the kids :)

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