M&M Blondies

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Today is a very special day on the blog. We are celebrating one of my favorite bloggers (and people) in this crazy little internet world, Stephanie from Girl Versus Dough!

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Before I “met” Stephanie last year, I was incredibly intimidated of her blog and her posts on Tablespoon. I mean, the girl made rainbow swirled and panda stuffed loaves of bread look like a walk in the park. Her photography is so light and crisp and her recipes always look Southern Living perfect. But she’ll never tell you that herself. She’s so incredibly humble and is always going out of her way to help you along with a recipe, post some beautiful lemon bars when you’re out of town or share your recipes on social media. In one word, she’s just amazing and I’m so happy to be here celebrating her baby girl!

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When Stephie reached out and asked me to join, my brain started spinning with fun baby shower approved recipes. I quickly settled on these m&m blondies for a few reasons. One, the m&m’s are as bright and colorful as Stephanie herself. Two, blondies are a universally loved treat. And three, the entire pan of these were gone in less than 23 hours, which shows just how soft, chewy and delicious they are.

Oh and did I mention it was just E and I at home eating them?

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These are the first “real” blondies I’ve ever made. Can you believe that? I attempted white chocolate blondies last year, but they ended up tasting more like a cake bar than anything else. I wanted to do these right. I wanted that crispy, brownie crust and the ooey, gooey, super chewy inside. I also wanted something a little nicer on the waistline so I wouldn’t have to cry when I was eating them. Luckily my stars were aligning because they came out so much better than I could have hoped.

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I love the bright speckles of color the m&ms add to the bars. In a way, they kind of look like spring here in Northern Virginia. The flowers and leaves on the trees are sprouting just enough so you can see a speck of light and beauty against the brown, dull green background. I hope spring is finally here to stay and I don’t think there’s any better way to welcome it in than with a giant plate of these chewy blondies.

I’m totally okay with resorting to bribery to keep lady Spring here. After that winter, I’d do just about anything to keep the sun shining and the temperatures above 30. No shame.

M&M Blondies

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Serves about 10 -12. Recipe inspired by Six Sister’s Stuff.
Prep time: 5 – 8 minutes
Cook time: 22 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tablespoons baking soda
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 cup m&ms

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8 x 8 baking dish with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the butter, applesauce, vanilla, brown sugar, white sugar and eggs together until creamy. In another bowl, whisk the flours, baking soda and salt together. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and stir to combine.
  3. Add the m&ms and gently fold them into the batter. Pour the mixture into the foil and spread the tops so it’s smooth.
  4. Bake for about 22 – 24 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool completely and then slice into bars.

Nutritional information per bar:

Calories: 323.5
Fat: 11 grams
Carbohydrates: 52 grams
Fiber: >1 gram
Protein: 3.83 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 9

Be sure to check out these other amazing recipes in honor of Stephanie!

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Comments

  1. Posted by Liz @ The Lemon Bowl on
    Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
    Can we please have a party in real life so I can eat these?
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
      YES YES YES.
  2. Posted by Julia on
    Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
    So happy to join you and the other lovely ladies to celebrate Steph's big day!! Your blondies look AMAZING!!
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
      :) you too!!
  3. Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
    Oh my goodness, friend. This is SUCH a sweet surprise today! Thank you! I wish I had eleventy billion of these blondies to snack on right now. :)
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
      Anything for you!! I'm so excited for you!
  4. Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
    Wish I could be eating a couple of these right now!
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
      Me too, my friend. Me too.
  5. Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
    I'd win best mom award if these were around for after school snack today! Thanks for a great recipe-you had me at M&M!
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
      hahaha! Fantastic! I'm all about helping people win such awards :)
  6. Posted by Emily @ Life on Food on
    Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
    I love M&M bars. These look packed full...just the way I like them.
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
      Exactly! No skimping on M&Ms in my house.
  7. Posted by Katrina @ WVS on
    Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
    YUM! I love blondies like this. So tasty!
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
      Me too!
  8. Posted by Cindy on
    Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
    M&M's in baked treats are always a win!
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
      Right? They are the best.
  9. Posted by Joanne on
    Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
    M&Ms make everything in life more fun! Something about eating the rainbow and all that jazz. Love these!
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
      Thank you Joanne!!
  10. Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
    These bars just shout "PARTY!" Love all of your sweet words about Stephanie too. I agree with every single one!
  11. Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
    I like blondies for any occasion! You are right, the vibrant M&Ms are perfect for Steph.
  12. Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
    I adore the fun colors of the m&m's in these blondies! Perfect for a baby shower! Thank you so much for joining us for the shower :-)
  13. Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
    These blondies look so festive and delicious- I want them all!
  14. Posted by julia on
    Thursday, April 10th, 2014
    I love blondies--these look so yummy!
  15. Thursday, April 10th, 2014
    These just look wonderful!!!
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