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Chewy Salted Caramel M&M Blondies

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Chewy brown sugary blondies loaded with chocolate chunks, caramel undertones and topped with M&Ms. This big batch of bars is perfect for a party, carry-in or just because.

first piece salted caramel M&M blondies lifted out of pan on spatula showing chewy fudgy center.

Blondies are the perfect combination of brown sugar goodness with the texture and chew of a brownie.  This recipe mixes in plenty of chocolate chunks, bits of caramel goodness and it’s topped with colorful chocolate candies.  What’s not to love about that?

This is a large batch that is perfect for sharing, or freezing. Though they may disappear more quickly than you think!

I was asked to make a batch of salted caramel candy blondies with a recipe Kristen Tomlan. I had every intention of doing just that until I got started.

One thing led to another and the next thing I knew the batch had grown to half sheet pan size instead of 9×13″ size. 

Has that ever happened to you? Baked goods have a way of doing that in my kitchen.

Anyway, I was not at all disappointed as things grew and morphed and I am over the moon happy with the results  My family was too, they gobbled them up. 

My coworkers didn’t mind that the oversized batch meant leftovers for them as well.

The bigger size means it is perfect for potlucks, carry-ins, BBQs and parties.  You can share with all of your friends and family or keep them to yourself. 

Just freeze some individually wrapped bars and warm them up a bit in the microwave when you need a treat!

Tips, Tricks and Substitution Ideas:

Most of my other blondie recipes use oil as the fat instead of butter, so I was a little surprised at how dry this dough felt when I was stirring it together.  It looked almost a bit crumbly but did come together into a dough. Don’t be surprised if you experience the same thing.

If the dough is sticking to your hands while spreading it out in the pan, you can wet your finger tips a bit.  You don’t want to work a lot of water into the dough, but moist fingers will help you get a sticky dough spread.

Chewy brown sugary blondies loaded with chocolate chunks, caramel undertones and topped with M&Ms. This big batch of bars is perfect for a party, carry-in or just because.

To double ensure they didn’t stick to the pan I both sprayed the pan and laid a sheet of parchment paper in the bottom.  I honestly think just a sprayed pan would work ok, but you can never be too careful if you want nice pieces.

I used a mix of salted caramel baking chips and semi-sweet chocolate chunks inside the blondies with M&M’s on top.  But don’t feel limited by those choices.  I think using peanut butter or butterscotch chips instead of caramel ones would also be amazing!

looking down on a couple of pieces of chewy salted caramel m&m blondies on plate with candies scattered around.

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first piece salted caramel M&M blondies lifted out of pan on spatula showing chewy fudgy center.

Chewy Salted Caramel M&M Blondies

Servings: 36 Servings
Author: Carlee
Chewy brown sugary blondies loaded with chocolate chunks, caramel undertones and topped with M&Ms. This big batch of bars is perfect for a party, carry-in or just because.
4.75 from 8 ratings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Equipment

  • OXO Good Grips 8-Piece Baking Essentials POP Container Set, White

Ingredients
 

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 3 cups light brown sugar packed
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups assorted baking chips*
  • ½ cup M&Ms
  • optional: flaky sea salt
Makes: 13 x 18inch rectangle1inch height

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.  Spray a half sheet pan (13×18") with nonstick spray and line with parchment paper if desired.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt until combined and lump free.
    4¾ cups all-purpose flour, 2 Tablespoons cornstarch, 1½ teaspoons baking soda, 2 teaspoons salt
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar.
    1 cup butter, 3 cups light brown sugar
  • Add the eggs and vanilla then beat until well mixed. 
    3 eggs, 2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
  • Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Then fold in the baking chips.
    2 cups assorted baking chips*
  • Transfer dough to prepared sheet pan and use your fingers or a spatula to spread dough evenly over pan. Sprinkle M&Ms over the top of the dough.  If desired, lightly dust with flaky sea salt. 
    ½ cup M&Ms, optional: flaky sea salt
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes. The edges should be lightly golden and the center should be puffed up a bit.
  • Let cool on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes before cutting. The center should sink back in slightly as it cools.
  • Store extra pieces in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. Or wrap individual pieces to freeze for later. 

Notes

*I used half salted caramel baking chips and half semi-sweet chocolate chunks. It would also be great with butterscotch, peanut butter, or regular chocolate chips. Use a mix of your favorites.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 204kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 3gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 255mgFiber: 1gSugar: 17g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Carlee

Wednesday 25th of September 2019

Thank you!

Amy

Thursday 19th of September 2019

I love that you do this for fighting childhood cancer. Thank you.

Carlee

Wednesday 25th of September 2019

It is my absolute pleasure. Those little fighters (and their families) deserve every ounce of attention and help we can give.

Family Around the Table

Thursday 12th of September 2019

These look delicious and such a good organization! Wish I had a slice right now with a glass of milk!

Carlee

Saturday 14th of September 2019

I would happily share with you!