Caramel Blondie Bites

Caramel Blondie Bites
I’m embarrassed. Actually, maybe that’s not the right word to describe it.

I don’t know if you saw my Super Bowl Sunday post (it was a last-minute, 2 hours before kick off, mainly just pictures kind of post), but these delicious little bites were in the post. Well, not exactly these bites, cause I made more. Like the next day. The other ones were devoured.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m a recipe repeater.

Caramel Blondie Bites

Can we all agree that’s perfectly acceptable? If you say no, I’ll just have to force feed you these bites until it is. Yeah, I know, I’m just the nicest.

I also liked the toothpick idea so much that I had to copy that too. Sorry I’m not sorry for that one. There is one difference though, I didn’t make these toothpicks. I bought them.You know what that means right?

More time to pop these into my mouth.

Caramel Blondie Bites

Let me just tell you, these little bites are ADDICTING. And yes, all caps and bold letters are necessary. Seriously, though, they’re like Oreos or popcorn or chips, you can’t just eat one.

I dare you to try. No, really, I triple dog dare you.

Anddd, I’ve reverted back to my five year old self with that comment.

Caramel Blondie Bites
Yeah, that was a lie. Just last week I triple dog dared someone to sing Taylor Swift songs over the loud-speaker. She didn’t do it. I, for one, was disappointed.

You know what hasn’t disappointed me? These Caramel Blondie Bites. Cause, seriously, they are little squares of utter heaven. I repeat, heaven.

This is the kind of dessert that literally melts away all will power. I’m not kidding here. You start off thinking, “I’ll just have one”, but after your sixth bite is done, the only thoughts in your head are: “How can I hoard these?”, “Why is that guy over there eating yet another bite?”, “I need another one, right now!”…those may or may not be direct thoughts of the people who ate these bites.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Caramel Blondie Bites

Why all the fuss over these little guys? Simple. They are gooey, fudgy, buttery, brown-sugary, caramel blondies. Each bite has a crisp exterior, ridiculously gooey moist center, and a sort of caramelized caramel bottom layer—the caramel bits decided to huddle at the bottom of the blondie while baking, but I didn’t mind in the slightest.

I highly doubt you’ll mind either.

Caramel Blondie Bites
Recipe adapted from these Almond Joy Blondies
Yields: 64 bites

Ingredients:
1 cup unsalted butter, melted (2 sticks)
2 cups dark brown sugar
2 eggs
3 to 3 ½ teaspoons vanilla
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 heaping cup caramel bits

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and prepare a 9×13-inch pan by lining it with foil and spraying generously with cooking spray. Set aside.
In a medium-size bowl, whisk together melted butter and brown sugar, until no clumps of brown sugar remain.Add eggs, one at a time, and then whisk in vanilla. Whisk in flour and salt, until just combined—try not to over stir the batter or it will become tough to work with.Using a spatula, fold in the caramel bits.
Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth top, if needed, lightly with a spatula. Bake for about 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick, stuck in the middle, comes out clean.Let cool completely before slicing into bites.

 

Caramel Blondie Bites

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Super Bowl Sunday

T-minus 2-ish hours until the big game.

You could say I’m a little excited. Actually scratch that. More than a little excited.

I bet you can guess why. If not, just look at the pictures that follow. I’m pretty sure that will clear it up.

Super Bowl Sunday

Cleared up for you? You see I’m kind of sort of totally into football (who knew, right?). And, I rather enjoy being apart of the 12th man. One could say that picture above is the epitome of 12th-manning it. I mean, my Hustle Like Russell Shirt, that chipped glitter blue polish, the large Seahawks helmet ring, and lets not forget the star of the picture, that cupcake.

My oh my what a good-looking cupcake. Blue and Green never looked better on something.

Super Bowl Sunday

I give you Super Bowl Sunday Chocolate Cupcakes with Blue and Green Swirl Vanilla Frosting and Football Sprinkles. Could it get any better than that?

Why yes, yes it can, with these Shortbread Chocolate Dipped Football Cookies.

Super Bowl Sunday

That right there is the bomb.com

But, don’t worry, it gets better. Much MUCH better.

Super Bowl Sunday

What are those you ask? Caramel Blondies with Seahawk flag toothpicks (courtesy of Emerald City Sisters Design). I’m dying at how yummy they are (no, seriously) and at how stickin adorbs these toothpicks are. I mean come on, tell me you don’t just love them.

Super Bowl Sunday

I’ll stop now. I just couldn’t let the day go by without you seeing the dessert spread I put out for the game. I mean, I totally maybe value your opinion. No big deal or anything.

Super Bowl Sunday

Wait, I lied. One more thing. LETS GO SEAHAWKS.

Triple Peanut Butter Brownies

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I stand before you with a huge smile on my face.
Why, you may ask? For two reasons.

One. This is my first post ever on my brand new baking blog that I have been dreaming about since forever (actually, that may not even capture the length of time). I can’t even explain how happy I am, but in case you wanted a gauge of my happy level, just imagine this:

Imagine your favorite thing in the whole wide world…anything you want. Is it dessert? If yes, we are two steps closer to being bff’s and if not, it’s okay, we can be friends too. Now, imagine that you have an endless supply of your favorite thing, and that whenever you wanted it, all you had to do was think about it, and it would appear. Oh, and I forgot to mention that if by chance your favorite thing changed over time, your new favorite thing would take its place.

How happy would that make you? Pretty darn happy, right?

Two. Triple Peanut Butter Brownies.
The name pretty much says it all, but before you read further, I have a tiny confession to make.

I used a box mix instead of making the brownies from scratch. Forgive me? In my defense, I actually prefer box mix brownies. I know, blasphemy, but can you really blame me? Box mix brownies always come out perfectly chewy with the right amount of gooey batter in the middle, they don’t take long to put together, and they involve only four ingredients (counting the mix). What’s not to love? Plus, if you’re like me, when you crave brownie-right-out-of-the-oven heaven, waiting more than an hour is pure torture. Just don’t do that to yourself. It’s too painful.

That being said, I’m not opposed to vamping up box mixed brownies every once in a while. Hence, the peanut butter.

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If you’re a peanut butter lover, these brownies have your name written in big bold letters all over them. There’s a layer of peanut butter patties on the bottom, creamy peanut butter mixed into the batter, and then a hardened peanut butter drizzle on the top. If you’re worried it’s peanut butter overload, I don’t blame you, I worried about it too. But, I promise you’re worrying for nothing. These brownies are the perfect balance between fudgy chocolate goodness and peanut butter creaminess. In fact, I would say it’s a match made in baking heaven. Just go make them, you’ll see.

Triple Peanut Butter Brownies

Ingredients:
1 box fudge brownies (I used Betty Crocker)
2 eggs
2/3 cup vegetable oil
¼ cup water
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
2 boxes of Girl Scout Peanut Butter Patties (I stocked up on these, but if you don’t have any, you could use Keebler’s Peanut Butter Filled cookies)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8×8-inch square pan. Then set it aside.
In a medium bowl, combine brownie mix, water, oil, and egg. Add 1/3 cup peanut butter. Mix until well combined.
Line the prepared pan with Peanut Butter Patties (I ended up using 19 full cookies and breaking one in half to fill the empty edges).
Pour the brownie mix over the Peanut Butter Patties and spread into an even layer.
Bake for 38 to 41 minutes, or until toothpick comes out almost clean. Then remove from oven.
Melt 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter until it’s of drizzling consistency (about 45 seconds).
Drizzle peanut butter using a fork or spoon over the brownies, and put brownies back in the oven for another minute.
Let brownies cool slightly before eating (I covered mine with foil and set them aside until after dinner. If you do this, I recommend heating a piece up for 30 seconds before eating. They taste amazing cooled, but even better warmed up).

 

Triple Peanut Butter Brownies