Blondies with Caramel Bits and White Chocolate Drizzle

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1985. 7 years old. Stay with me here…I’m about to confess. I am trying to remember all the details.

I was watching TV when a blonde bombshell appeared on the screen, with lots of makeup, a bridal gown, and fantastically messy hair! And she was rolling on the ground with a microphone in her hand. If you don’t know who I’m talking about, yet, then you’re not a product of the 80’s… I’m sorry to hear that. ;-)

This was the release of the video, “Like a Virgin”, by Madonna. I fell in LOVE. In love with Madonna, in love with Pop music, but most of all, I fell in love with blonde hair! As I was watching the video I remember turning to my mom and telling her that, “when I grow up, I want to have blonde hair!”. She agreed. At the time she was a fake red-head.

My real hair color is as dark as night. What’s on my head right now comes only after $200+ bucks.

Why am I telling you all this?!

Because, a few years ago when I heard that Brownies went blonde, I freaked out! In a good way. I felt that there was a justification for my fake hair color; That, if a Brownie can go Blondie, well, then, so can I.

Blondies with Caramel Bits and White Chocolate Drizzle via diethood.com

Now that I’ve confessed about my bottled hair, let me get one other thing off my chest … I like Blondies waaaaay more than Brownies! Like, a lot more.

Maybe because I LOVE me some brown sugar!

These babies are chewy, sweet, and versatile. You can add anything to them and they will still taste great. I happen to like this combo, caramel and white chocolate, because I just really like caramel and white chocolate. I know that white chocolate is not chocolate, but whatever. I like it.

Feel free to add in, or substitute, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, nuts, dried fruits… anything goes.

ENJOY!

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

Blondies with Caramel Bits and White Chocolate Drizzle
 
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Serves: 16 bars
Ingredients
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ cup caramel bits
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grease an 8x8 pan and line with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl beat together the butter and brown sugar until smooth.
  4. Add in the egg and the vanilla, continue beating until incorporated.
  5. In a separate bowl sift together the flour and salt.
  6. Mix the flour into the brown sugar mixture with a wooden spoon until well blended.
  7. Mix in the caramel bits.
  8. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the middle of the cake is set.
  9. In the meantime melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave.
  10. Cool the blondies before frosting and cutting.

Comments

  1. Leslie says

    Oh, you had me at ” wedding gown, rolling on the floor” I too, am a proud product of the 80’s as well as some good ole redken and foils every 6 weeks. Foils on my head, that is. Cannot do without blonde since 86!!! (40) is the lucky number today. And I am squealing at this scrumptious recipe!! I WILL hit the Target baking isle tomorrow ( after the gym) of course, lol.. Those look like heaven!! I totally trust in a fellow Madge fan! Yes, their gonna be “striking a lil pose” right into my kitchen very soon!!, thanks for sharing!! Love your stuff.!! Btw, Muddys were a hit while watching the inauguration Monday!!!

  2. says

    Kate…I am with you! I much prefer blondies to brownies and I do think it’s all about that brown sugar. But I love that chewy, sticky sweet goodness….and caramel and white chocolate just sends this right over the top! They really look awesome! (and yes….I remember that video well!)

  3. says

    Oh I didn’t care that my hair was fake beach blonde haha..I was for more than decade blonde but got tired and went to dark, dark indigo black….talk about drastic change LOL!
    anyhow your blondies look amazing and would be perfect with my afternoon coffee. Great pic btw!

  4. says

    I think that was the year I got a bunch of “Madonna” themed birthday gifts. Funky headbands, gloves, etc. And yep, I insisted to my mom too that if my hair ever got darker I was making it blonder again (it did and I do!). :) I love a good blondie too. My favorites have peanut butter chips in them. Mmmmm! Hope the first week of school went well!

  5. says

    You were seven, I was 15 when Madonna came on the scene. Love your confession. I have never dyed my hair (yet). The gray is getting worse…. it will come sooner than later. :) Love your blondies. :) Have a wonderful weekend. ~ Ramona

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