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Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Blondies

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.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Blondies

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 (I recommend Challenge Butter)
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.

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Alison

Wednesday 18th of March 2015

Amazing! These will definitely be on my "to-try" list! Until then, I will be dreaming of these! :P

Sarah

Thursday 18th of December 2014

Do you think they would freeze well? Thanks

Jamie

Thursday 18th of December 2014

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

Renee

Sunday 2nd of November 2014

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!

Jamie

Tuesday 4th of November 2014

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

-Jamie

Carolyn

Saturday 16th of August 2014

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!

Jamie

Saturday 16th of August 2014

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

Leisa Joan

Thursday 29th of May 2014

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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