Thursday, January 19, 2012

Butterfinger Toffee Blondies

Our little Aiden turned one yesterday! I can't believe how fast that year went by. People are not exaggerating when they say the years go by faster and faster as you get older. (Funnily, I had my own age wrong the other day: Dusty, my parents and I were talking about my younger sister's age, and I said "No, she's 23, not 24! She's 3 years younger than I am . . .Wait, how old am I? Oh yeah, 27.") We had a great, low-key day, and both Aiden and Asher enjoyed his presents and birthday cake, and Aiden loved listening to family on speaker phone singing and telling him "Happy Birthday."

Amazingly, we still had some candy left from Halloween (yes, I realize it's 2 1/2 months old now) and I was craving something sweet and was determined to use it up! We had fun size Butterfinger, Heath, and Almond Joy. That's probably why they were still sitting in the cupboard - I like them all (except Butterfinger because it gets stuck in my teeth), but none are favorites. Initially, I thought I would just make some Blondies with Butterfingers because it sounded like a good match, but I overestimated how many we had left, so I used up the Heath, too. They worked really well together, and I would definitely make these again - chewy, a little gooey (although you can bake them longer if don't like that), a nice crunch from the candy, and a slight chocolatey-ness. I left out the Almond Joy because, really, I'm not that adventurous and it didn't sound appealing with the other two . . .

Butterfinger Toffee Blondies
3/4 c. butter, melted and cooled
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 c. flour
5 fun size Butterfingers, chopped
6 fun size Heath, chopped
1. Preheat oven to 350, and grease a 9x13 pan.
2. Mix butter and brown sugar with a whisk until smooth.
3. Whisk in eggs, vanilla, salt, and baking powder until thoroughly combined.
4. Stir in flour with a spoon or spatula, just until combined. Stir in candy, or whatever other mix-ins you like.
5. Bake for 22-25 minutes, and allow to cool before cutting.

On a Side Note: I'll post recipes and pics of Aiden's bday cakes soon - we're having his party on Saturday, so it'll probably be after that. I'm also reading The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story, so hopefully I'll be able to post on that soon, too!

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