Candy Bar Blondies

Candy Bar Blondies

Did you know that in St. Louis when kids go trick-or-treating, they have to tell a joke? Yep, we work for our candy around here. Even the toddlers have some sort of trick they practice (with prompting from their parents, of course) for weeks leading up to the big day. Growing up, I remember my mother literally holding the bowl of treats back from the neighborhood kids until they each told a joke. Now that Neil and I own our own house, I take pride in holding the bowl back until I hear all the jokes just like my mother. The goofy jokes are similar to ones you’d normally find on Laffy Taffy wrappers. Examples: “Why didn’t the skeleton go to the ball? Because he had no BODY to go with.” or “What kind of pants do ghosts wear? BOO-Jeans.” Har har har.

I thought I’d share a recipe to help use up some of the sweet treasures your little comedians may bring home this Halloween. Blondies are essentially a cross between two of my favorite desserts: brownies and chocolate chip cookies. You can add just about any Halloween candy to the mix of sweets and I’m pretty sure this recipe will still work. We used Reese’s peanut butter cups and Oreos, but if you try other variations please comment and let us know how they turned out. Serve these blondies warm and à la mode. They’re delicious. No joke!

Candy Bar Blondies

Prep Time: 15 min. Cook Time: 40 min.


2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature

2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups light brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla

2 cups chopped Halloween candy (we used peanut butter cups and Oreos)

Preheat oven to 350°. Butter and lightly flour an 8 x 10″ glass baking dish. Using an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and continue to mix until creamy. Add flour, baking powder, and salt. Scrape down sides of the bowl as needed. Using a spatula or spoon, fold in chopped candy pieces. Evenly press dough into the prepared baking dish and bake for 35-40 minutes until blondies reach level of doneness you prefer (we like ours slightly under- just like our cookies).
12 servings

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Comments (3)

  • Linda 2 years ago Reply

    Yes! Love our local traditions and love this recipe!

    The Newlywed Chefs 2 years ago Reply

    Thanks for the comment! I love our traditions as well. I found out that only St. Louisians tell jokes on Halloween when I went to college. Who knew!

  • Perfect way to use up leftover Halloween candy!

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