Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Blondies

by Jamie on May 15, 2014

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Chewy chocolate chip blondies brimming with caramel candies and sprinkled with sea salt.

Blogging is a busy business. Baking, photographing, writing and then promoting posts through social media takes time. A lot of time. Since having Elle, things on the blog end of life have definitely slowed down for me.

I no longer spend my free time pinning things I’ll never buy and hairstyles that I’ll never try. As a matter of fact, I haven’t had a haircut or color since August. If you knew me pre-baby, that right there is a shocker. I’m pretty much rocking a natural ombre with a few strands of gray thrown it.

And the time I’ve spent on other blogs has diminished drastically. Instead, I prefer to spend my time playing endless hours of peek-a-boo, wiping up drool, and reading 5 Minute Princess Stories.

saltedcaramelblondiesrecipeEvery so often, I’ll hop onto the iPad, scroll through my BlogLovin feed and ogle over all the delicious creations from my food blogging friends. Last week, I stumbled upon Salted Caramel Brown Butter Cookie Cups from the ever-so-talented Karly from Buns In My Oven and I literally could not get them out of my head – for like days.
With salted caramel, browned butter and chocolate chips – they’re pretty much perfection in baked good form. I immediately shared them on the MBA Facebook page, and judging from the amount of love they got – you guys couldn’t stop thinking about them either!

Instead of making Karly’s creation, I drew inspiration from those little cups of salted caramel goodness and worked the same flavors into blondies. And let me tell you, they were a total win! They also got me thinking about how much I enjoy a good blondie – especially when they’re brimming with chocolate chips, caramel candies and sprinkled with sea salt. I mean, how could that possibly be a bad thing?!

Whether you’re looking for a little baking therapy while the baby is napping, or you simply want a snack to pair with your mid-morning cup of coffee, these Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Blondies are the way to go.

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Blondies

May 15th, 2014

Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time:

Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
15 caramel candies, unwrapped and cut into fourths
additional sea salt to top bars

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x9-inch baking pan with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.

2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, combine the brown sugar and melted butter. Add egg and vanilla, mixing until well combined. Gradually add in dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips and caramel pieces.

4. Spread the batter into the prepared pan. Lightly sprinkle bars with additional sea salt - about 1/4 teaspoon. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove pan to wire rack and cool completely.

Notes:

Store bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.


{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

tux May 15, 2014 at 8:22 pm

These look AMAZING!

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Cara May 16, 2014 at 11:16 am

You are so right, blogging takes a lot of time! There is always something else to promote, something else to pin, another site to visit. But it sounds like you are spending your time as mommy doing the good things of life. This (blogging) all disappears but your daughter will always remember those hours of peek-a-boo and princess stories. She is so lucky to be doted upon! And she will be even luckier as she gets older to realize that her mom is a FABULOUS baker ;)

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cheri May 16, 2014 at 12:55 pm

I can see why you could not get these out of your head, love your twist on these. Perfect food to snack on this week-end!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 16, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Digging these bars sooooo hard!! Yum!

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Katie @ The Surly Housewife May 16, 2014 at 11:25 pm

You have summed up blogging perfectly! But you are right in soaking up all that baby time :) These look so yummy!! Pinned :)

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Rachael May 17, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Just took these out of the oven. SO EXCITED!

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RJ May 17, 2014 at 5:49 pm

Discovered your blog yesterday searching for lemon meringue cupcakes! The cupcakes were amazing! Adding your blog to my favorites – looking forward to trying more of your recipes! Thanks!

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Emily @ Life on Food May 18, 2014 at 6:29 am

These look pretty darn delicious if I do say so myself. Caramel and chocolate in baked goods is just so amazing.

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Susan May 18, 2014 at 10:03 am

I’ve pinned so many of your goodies and appreciate your beautiful photography. After I write this thank you note to you, I am preheating my oven for these yummies :)
Thank you so much for your experimenting and sharing!

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Jamie May 19, 2014 at 11:27 am

Susan-

Thank you so much! Please stop back and let us know your experience with making these blondes! Have a great day and thank you for following MBA!

-Jamie

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Jamie May 18, 2014 at 11:03 am

Those sounds incredibly delicious! I love salted caramel desserts…I love blondies and I love chocolate so this sounds like pure heaven to me!!!

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Jamie May 19, 2014 at 11:29 am

Jamie-

Thank you so much! They are fantastic…definitely give them a try :). Have a great day and thank you for following MBA!

-Jamie

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Alyssa {Cake, Crust, and Sugar Dust} May 18, 2014 at 1:30 pm

These are perfection! My favorite flavors wrapped up in a bar!

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Jamie May 19, 2014 at 11:30 am

Alyssa-

Thanks so much! I totally agree with you! Have a great day and thank you for following MBA!

-Jamie

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Renee @ Awesome on $20 May 20, 2014 at 2:23 am

I love everything about these. Can’t wait to try them. Caramel and chocolate is basically heaven.

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Jamie May 21, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Thanks so much, Renee – I totally agree Caramel and Chocolate = Heaven!

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Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie May 22, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Salted caramel improves everything. Love these blondies.

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Teresa May 24, 2014 at 11:40 pm

Holy cow, these are AMAZING! This is the second time I’ve tried one of your recipes (the first was the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies). Both have been a home run. Bravo! These will be going into heavy rotation.

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Jamie May 24, 2014 at 11:59 pm

Teresa-
Woo-Hoo! So glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback.
-Jamie

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Leisa Joan May 29, 2014 at 4:29 pm

I’m always on the lookout for the perfect blond brownie…my mom makes a simpler one she calls “Congo Squares” and we had them almost every week when we were kids…so i forwarded this to one of my 5 sisters. They’ve been a big hit at 3 cookouts & a work party so far. Thanks for the recipe!!

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Carolyn August 16, 2014 at 11:36 am

I tried these this morning. The toothpick came out clean after 25 minutes at 350, but they were a gooey, undercooked soup when I took them out of the pan after cooling. Help!

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Jamie August 16, 2014 at 4:52 pm

You might have to cook them a bit longer due to differences in oven temperatures and allow them to cool before slicing. Thanks for stopping by.

-Jamie

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Renee November 2, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Have made these twice already – huge hit! Next time I’m gong to spread melted chocolate on the top instead of the chips.
Love your blog – every recipe I’ve ever tried has been fantastic! Thank you!

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Jamie November 4, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Renee-
I’m so glad you liked these blondies. I appreciate you stopping by.

-Jamie

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Sarah December 18, 2014 at 12:49 am

Do you think they would freeze well? Thanks

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Jamie December 18, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Sarah-
I have not attempted to freeze this recipe, so I am unsure as to how it will perform, my initial guess is that they’d do just fine. Thanks so much for stopping by.
-Jamie

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