When I find myself with some extra time, one of my favorite things to do is bake something new. There’s nothing like researching and finding the perfect recipe, and then bustling around the kitchen measuring and mixing and putting together something new and delicious to try and share with the ones you love.
When I came across this M&M Brown Sugar Blondie Recipe, I was immediately sold – not only are these are fast and easy to whip up, but best of all – you likely have all the ingredients in your pantry right now (and if you don’t have M & M’s in your pantry right now, first of all, why NOT? To remedy this I recommend a trip to BJ’s/Sam’s/Costco and a cart full of giant party size bags of them. It’s practically a necessity!)
…oh, and they smell great while they bake, and they taste great too, so they cover all the bases of a perfect dessert
Brown Sugar M&M Blondies
(Recipe Courtesy of Baked Perfection)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup to 1 1/3 cup M&M’s
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and set aside
Melt 1/3 cup butter. Add 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar and mix well. Cool slightly
Add egg (beaten) and vanilla and blend well
Add flour mixture, a little at a time, mixing well
Mix in 2/3 cup M&M’, and spread in a greased 9 x 9 x 2 inch pan. Sprinkle 1/3 to 2/3 cup M&M’s on top
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Store in airtight container at room temperature
My Only Alteration to this recipe is I tend to add more M & M’s….closer to 1.5 cups total – a little more chocolate never hurt anyone, right?
I prefer them slightly warm (about two hours post oven seems to be a good time to get them while they are hard enough to cut, but warm enough melt your heart. The taste is like a sugar cookie only more dense and brown sugary, and those M & M’s add the perfect chocolate touch!
And since M and M’s come in many varieties (both flavor wise AND seasonal), you can make these again and again, no matter what the holiday/occasion. I am thinking I will try mine with peanut next. Or maybe those cute Easter M & M’s? So many possibilities from this one simple tasty treat!