M&M Blondies

I’m getting ready and going out to celebrate one of my really good friend’s 21st birthday!

So here’s a post I wrote from the past. The other dessert I made for the co’s as mentioned.

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These are my favorite m&ms! But I can only have a few before I get sick of them since I’m not a lover of sweets.

Is it shocking to say I’ve never made or ate a blondie before?

But in reality, it’s just a brownie … that’s blonde because of all the brown sugar?

Cool huh?

This stole the show and I personally loved them. That’s saying a lot coming from a non-sweets lover.

[Recipe from Eat At Allie’s]

Aren’t they beautiful? I wish I had pretty pictures like this.

M&M Blondies

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups unsalted butter
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 bag mini M&Ms (with a few reserved for the top)

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 9×13 inch pan with cooking spray.
  2. Heat butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until it browns and begins to smell nutty. Make sure not to burn it! Allow the butter to cool lightly.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the browned butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar.
  4. Stir in eggs, vanilla, and salt.
  5. Add in flour and stir until just combined.
  6. Add in M&Ms and stir to combine.
  7. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle a few additional M&Ms on top.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting.

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This was my final product! So pretty! So colorful!

Seriously make this and bring it to a party. Everyone will love it.

My oven took 32 minutes to bake. Just make sure you have a very good knife to cut through those M&Ms. Plastic knives do not cut it (pun intended). I learned the hard way as I broke a plastic knife in half and one of my co-workers broke another one in thirds. Funny huh? hehe

In Allie’s recipe she had coconut shreds put in … but I was afraid some people might be allergic and coconut is a little fattening so I opted out of it. — It could have to do with the fact that I’m not a big fan of coconut myself. Winking smile

S’mores Bars

Like mentioned, I made two desserts to bring to work for my last day.

Since I made two, there had to be one I liked better than the other right?

Right.

So I’m putting up the one I liked but didn’t love.

[Recipe from Chocolate and Carrots]

S’mores Bars

Ingredients:

  • 16 sheets of graham crackers
  • 25 big marshmallows
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips

Preparation:

  1. Spray cooking spray in an 8 –inch pan.
  2. In a food processor, crush the graham crackers completely.
  3. In a large bowl, combine marshmallows and butter. Microwave in 15 second intervals, stirring in between until completely melted.
  4. Put in melted mixture in the food processor with the graham crackers and grind until blended.
  5. Knead in the chocolate chips and push into pan.
  6. Place into the refrigerator until hardened and cut into squares.

Reason I was not a big fan of this recipe is because it was hard to work with. Everyone knows when marshmallows are melted, you have to work fast, else everything will be super sticky and hard. Lesson learned.

Plus on top of that, it was so hard to cut!

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Just look at it … it doesn’t look that appetizing to me. And I didn’t have the layers like Caroline did in the previous picture. All in all it was a fail.

When it came time to eat it, it was very chewy and for some, it felt hard because they didn’t have teeth of a teenager anymore. Whoops. Really need to think of your audience before making something. Lesson learned.

If I ever make this again, I might just use less marshmallows so it’s not as hard so it’s more of a cookie texture and less of a bar of chewiness.

But don’t get me wrong. It really was tasty. I’m just a hard critic when it comes to my own foods.