Butterfinger Blondies




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Butterfinger Blondies ~ don’t wait for Halloween leftovers to make these luscious candy studded blondies!

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For most parents, whether we admit it or not, the best part of any Halloween is that golden hour, after the kids have passed out in a sugar stupor, the porch light has finally been turned off, and there is maybe an hour or so before exhaustion overtakes us when we can sit on the couch, glass of wine in hand, and lazily sift through the pillow case sacks, buckets, shopping bags, or whatever other vessel our kids have hauled around the neighborhood earlier in the night.  Luckily my husband and I have completely different tastes in candy, so there are never any arguments.  He takes all the Mr. Goodbars, Krackles,and Bit O’ Honeys while I carefully fish out the Butterfingers.  Just the Butterfingers, thank you.

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Every year it was the same in our house…we’d swear to preserve and protect our kids’ hard earned stash even as we pried it from their tired little fists…. we’d let them watch as we stowed the bags on an upper shelf or cabinet, out of the dog’s reach, hidden from marauding thieves… but then there wasn’t a whiff of guilt, not a speck of remorse, not an iota of hesitation as we stretched out on the couch and watched the pile of little wrappers grow.  After all, didn’t we buy the costumes, yank all those slimy seeds out of the jack-o-lantern, and interrupt our dinner exactly 13 times to ferry bowls of candy (that we also bought) back and forth from the front door?   It’s the very least we deserved.

Butterfinger Blondies
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Servings: 9 blondies

Butterfinger Blondies

Ingredients

  • 10 fun sized (not full size) Butterfinger candies, cut in half
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla bean paste
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Instructions

  1. Set the oven to 350F
  2. Cream the butter with the sugars until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the vanilla paste, and then the eggs, one by one.
  4. Mix the flour with the salt and baking soda. Add to the wet ingredients and mix just until combined.
  5. Fold in the candy bar pieces and then spread the batter into a lightly greased 8x8 square baking pan. I like to line mine with foil or parchment paper, with overlapping ends for easy removal, but it's not necessary.
  6. Bake for about 40-50 minutes, until puffed and golden.

Notes

This is one blondie that I found tastes even better after it has cooled (rather than right out of the oven.) The butterfingers firm up and regain their characteristic crunch, and the flavor is better.

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Even though our girls have left for college, we usually still have a pretty good stash leftover at the end of any given Halloween, right in our own bowl.  But somehow it’s just not the same thing.  We don’t seem to get the same thrill out of eating our own candy.  And worse yet, a little bit of annoying guilt creeps in as I pick out the Butterfingers from the very bowl that I filled (with a disproportionate number of Butterfingers).

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Funny that.

 

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    Foodiewife
    October 19, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    This recipe should be illegal. I mean, it’s food porn. That means, that I’m lusting as I look at these– but I know that these would get me in a lot of trouble if I made them. I’m not crazy about peanut butter, but butterfingers are a big exception. Okay. I’ll have one. Don’t give me more than that!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    October 18, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    I love BFs, such a great idea to add them to blondies!

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    Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking
    October 17, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Does it count that I used to pick through my brother’s stash for butterfingers? I don’t have any kids yet but I know my Halloween bag used to be a touch light on the Reeses Cup side after I went to bed! Your story was heartwarming and these blondies look amazing! I have a weakness for both blondies and BFs…Love it!

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    vanillasugarblog
    October 16, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I just love BF.
    Cannot for the life of me remember when I had a candy bar?
    Been doing so good on my weight loss journey, BUT seeing those BF right now is very tempting!

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    lisaiscooking
    October 16, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Too funny that you miss the thrill of the ‘stolen’ candy! What a great use of leftover treats.

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      Sue
      October 16, 2013 at 8:15 am

      It’s the pre-halloween treats that need using up — can you believe how early they start stacking those mountains of candy in the supermarkets?

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    Claire @ The Black Cat Kitchen
    October 16, 2013 at 3:29 am

    Oooo these look so yummy – even without any idea what butterfingers are! Are they like fudgey inside? Might try and substitute cadburys fudge bars as love the idea!

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      Sue
      October 16, 2013 at 7:49 am

      That’s the fun of this idea…sub in whatever candy you can imagine!

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    Jude- A Trifle Rushed
    October 16, 2013 at 1:49 am

    This sounds so lovely, though I have no idea what a Butterfingers is! I’ve looked at the photos and can’t think of a similar British sweet!
    I love the idea of hiding the sweets from the dog, but not from the parents.

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    October 15, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    you are my husbands’ new favorite because is one sucker for butterfingers and he is going to love this!

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    Karen Harris
    October 15, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    I must confess I am a Heath Bar thief, but if their aren’t any around I’ll nab a butterfinger or twelve! These blondies look amazing.

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    October 15, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I love BFs and I love blondies. My post tomorrow is blondies with candy corn M&Ms :) I have redone my blondie recipe with so many candies but never BFs … I would inhale these. And every time you talk about life with your girls when they were younger, I get panicked about like with my daughter passing way too fast. Thanks for the reminders to savor these moments. :)

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    grace
    October 15, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    one of the many perks to being a parent, to be sure. :)
    fantastic bars, sue–butterfingers are a favorite of mine too!

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    Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate
    October 15, 2013 at 10:57 am

    I love blondies, especially when they contain anything even remotely chocolatey!