Halloween Candy Blondies

Halloween Candy Blondies

In Toronto, families are being advised to not go door-to-door for trick or treating. It’s just another sucker punch from 2020. I was thinking of leaving candy individually tucked into sandwich bags and scattered across our lawn resembling some kind of easy-looking egg hunt, but my family told me I’m not allowed. They don’t think I should be encouraging kids to be out. It’s tough living with rule followers, but I can’t disagree.

For the new normal Halloween, we are doing some of the things we usually cram into the evening but now have time to enjoy. For instance, a family tradition is to carve our jack-o-lanterns together prior to trick or treating. It’s alway such a rushed event trying to get them done and then get out the door. Instead we’ll spend the afternoon carving twice our normal amount. We’re then planning on making a scary-themed supper and watching a horror movie. We’ll also bake a spectacular, calorie-laden treat. Normally, we’d do this after Halloween to help dwindle Scarlett’s Halloween loot to a respectable stash, but, as you know, nothing is normal.

Whether you’re looking to create the dessert of your dreams or a fun baking project to replace dressing up, these bars won’t disappoint. They are one of the most decadent blondies I’ve ever delivered to my thighs– moist, dense and buttery. Like, really buttery.

This year, we’ll miss being rained on, hearing the crunch of leaves under our feet, being stalked by the weird guy in our neighbourhood who dresses up like Micheal Myers and the grande finale of counting and sorting our loot on the floor of the living room, but the rules are the rules. Our plan won’t be the same as trick or treating but, if we do it right, we’ll get a massive stomach ache and have just as much fun.

Halloween Candy Blondie Bars

Makes: 24 bars

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cups butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups chopped Halloween candy, divided
  • 1/4 cup sprinkles

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350. Grease an 9'x13' pan and line with parchment.
  • In a medium. bowl, whisk the flour, salt and baking powder.
  • In a large bowl using a hand mixer or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugars until fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla extract and combine.
  • Add flour mixture to butter mixture in two batches. Using a wood spoon, fold in the Halloween candy.
  • Transfer the batter into the prepared baking pan and, using wet hands, spread it evenly. Top with sprinkles and 1/4 cup colorful candies like M&M's or Smarties. Place it in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  • Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.

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