Sunday, September 30, 2012

Caramel Apple Milky Way Blondies

Fall is the kickoff to the seasonal flavor season.   Starbucks is the master of this, timing their release of the pumpkin spice latte.   There is even a competition to see if you can bring it to your city in advance of the national release.  
Fun fact - even though Starbucks only keeps pumpkin spice syrup for the fall season, you can get peppermint all year!  Yes friends, you can have a peppermint frappucino at any time.   You might not get the Christmas colored sprinkles, but you'll survive.  
I ran across these Caramel Apple Milky Way minis at Target and wanted to see if their fall flavor was all that.    They're really tasty.    Rather than just shoving them in my mouth three at a time, I decided to bake with them.    I took my basic blondie recipe, added a little cinnamon and then chopped up these minis into the batter.  
A fun fall surprise in every bite.   
What other fun fall flavors are out there that I haven't tried yet?
What You Need
3/4 cup butter/margarine, softened
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
18 Caramel Apple Milky Way minis, coarsely chopped (more if you're going to be snacking on them while you cook....and who would blame you?)
What You Do
Preheat oven to 350 .  Line a 13x9 inch pan with foil and coat with cooking spray.
Beat butter and sugars in a large bowl until creamy.   Add eggs and beat well.   Stir together flour, soda, salt and cinnamon in a smaller bowl.   Gradually add to butter mixture, blending well.   Stir in one cup (about 14 of the minis, chopped) of the Caramel Apple Milky Way pieces.  
Press batter into your pan (you will probably need to flour your fingers to make this work).   Sprinkle remaining chopped minis on top and lightly press into the batter.    Bake 30-35 minutes until golden brown.     Cool in the pan.   Pull bars out by using the aluminum foil.     Cut in squares  (and then into triangles if you're going for style).
Get yourself a pumpkin latte and feel all satisfied that you have completely, honestly, and enthusiastically embraced the kickoff of the fall season.  

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