My freezer already has a half-eaten bag of candy stashed on a shelf in the door, and it’s not even Halloween yet.
We don’t get trick-or-treaters in our city building, but I’m feeling nostalgic.
I grew up in a suburban subdivision where parents from all over would bring their kids to go door to door in our neighborhood.
My mom would buy a ton of candy and still worry that we would run out before the evening’s festivities ended.
Our trick-or-treat bags of choice were pillowcases. They always came home full and very heavy.
We would pour out those bags and do some serious sorting. My brother and I would barter and exchange different sweets.
He always liked chocolate. At the time I wanted the fruity, gummy candies.
My tastes have changed. Now I’m a chocolate fan, too.
I love using leftovers to make candy bar blondies.
Halloween candy bags are the best because they have mini versions of big bars.
The different kinds of candy bars are mixed into special packages you only find this time of the year.
How To Make Candy Bar Blondies
For these candy bar blondies, I stir together melted butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Then I beat in the eggs and vanilla extract.
After combining the flour, baking powder and salt, I fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
Before the flour is all mixed in, I fold in the candy.
Even though these chocolate bars and miniature, I still like to roughly chop them, so they are easier to eat.
Also, the smaller chunks give each blondie square more variety.
I use my favorites: Snickers, Three Musketeers, Milky Ways, Hershey Bars, peanut butter cups and M & Ms.
Instead of folding all the candy into the batter at once, I save a half cup to press in on top.
No matter savory or sweet, I am obsessed with recipes that reinvent leftovers like these candy bar blondies.
Candy Bar Blondies
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 35-40 minutes
- Total Time: 45-50 minutes
- Yield: 16 blondies 1x
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted plus more for greasing pan
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
2–1/2 cups chopped chocolate candies (Snickers, M & Ms, Milky Ways, Hershey Bars, peanut butter cups)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch baking pan with butter and line with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, whisk the butter, both sugars, eggs and vanilla extract. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined. Fold 2 cups candy into the dough and spread in an even layer into the prepared baking pan. Press the remaining candy on top.
Bake for 35-40 minutes until the blondies are golden brown. Cool completely before cutting into 16 squares.
Store in an airtight container.