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

Baked Cinnamon Brown Sugar Donut Bites

Baked Cinnamon Brown Sugar Donut BitesPsst.

Hey you.

Yes, you my interweb friend.Do you know what today is?

It’s Christmas Eve. December 24th. Less than 24 hours before Christmas. Less than 24 hours people!When the heck did that happen?

This is going to sound weird, but I kind of don’t want Christmas to be tomorrow. And, no, I haven’t gone crazy. Okay, maybe a little. You see, it’s only around Christmas time that certain things I loveeee (yes, with a few extra e’s) happen. Like, houses decorated with a million sparkly lights; fireplaces adorned with fuzzy red stockings; Christmas trees standing prettily in living rooms; snowman wrapping paper; Gingerbread Coffee; Salted Caramel anything and everything. Why do these things have to be seasonal? Can’t they be year round? Anyone with me? Anyone? I’ve gone all crazy bummed-out on you, haven’t I? I’m sorry. Let’s get back to being excited.

Look. Baked Cinnamon Brown Sugar Donut Bites. Now, that’s exciting.
Baked Cinnamon Brown Sugar Donut BitesI’m gonna tell you a secret. When I started baking these donut bites, I wanted them to be gingerbread donuts. I wanted them to be festive, and I wanted them to be in accordance with the season. I even used a gingerbread donut recipe…but as you can see by the title, these little baked bites don’t taste like gingerbread. Sure, they have that spicy warmth you get from gingerbread, but to me, they taste more like cinnamon brown sugar heaven. Hence the title.
Baked Cinnamon Brown Sugar Donut BitesThese donut bites are baked (can I get a woot woot for saving your and my fingers from getting oil burns?) in a mini muffin pan, making them the perfect bite size treat. The donut itself is soft and moist, and filled with all those yummy warm spices. It is covered in a brown sugar glaze that soaks right into the donut, and is then topped with a brown sugar crumb topping and a little extra cinnamon. I may have wanted these to be gingerbread donuts, but I can’t even complain about the outcome…they really are pretty darn tasty!

Baked Cinnamon Brown Sugar Donut Bites
Recipe adapted from Mother Thyme
Yields: about 24 donut bites

Ingredients:
Cinnamon Brown Sugar Donut
1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
1/4 brown sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ginger
pinch of nutmeg
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
2 tablespoons maple syrup

Glaze
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon water

Crumb Topping
3 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
cinnamon for sprinkling on top

Directions:
Cinnamon Brown Sugar Donuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease the wells of a mini muffin pan. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg. Mix until well-incorporated.
Add milk, sour cream, egg, and butter. Stir until combined.
Mix in maple syrup until just incorporated.
Spoon two teaspoons of batter into each well of a mini muffin pan. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool for about 5 minutes before removing from pan.

Glaze
In a small bowl mix together brown sugar and water until combined.
Spoon glaze over each donut bite—make sure to cover the whole bite.
Set glazed donut bites on a piece of wax paper.

Crumb Topping
In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, and butter—using your fingers works best—until it’s of a crumbling consistency.
Generously sprinkle each donut bite with crumb topping before the glaze hardens, and then sprinkle with a little bit of cinnamon.


Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Baked Cinnamon Brown Sugar Donut Bites kind of night :)

Baked Cinnamon Brown Sugar Donut Bites