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Snickers Cake Mix Blondies

Buttery Snickers Bars by Little Bitty Bakes

 

Did you know February is National “Celebration of Chocolate” Month?  Me neither, but I wanted to find a fun reason to share some chocolate with you today.  If we’re all being honest though, I’d say all twelve months are worth of a little chocolate celebration.

Snickers candy bars aren’t my absolute favorite candy bar (3 musketeers and kit-kats, please) but when it comes to baking with candy bars, Snickers are an all-star.  With chocolate, nougat, caramel and peanuts, you really can’t go wrong.

Buttery Snickers Bars LBBakes

I made these last month for a friend who loves Snickers, and I had to share the super easy recipe with you today.  It all starts with a cake mix, which of course means they’re incredibly simple to whip up.

I decided to embrace the nuttiness of a Snickers bars, and chose a butter pecan cake mix for the bars.  But you could also use a yellow cake mix… or really, any cake mix. 🙂

Buttery Snickers Bars Little Bitty Bakes

Since I was embracing chocolate and all, I added extra chocolate chips.  You could also add chopped pecans or peanuts for added crunch and salty flavor.  Regardless, these bars are a keeper!

[print_this]Snickers Cake Mix Blondies

A cake mix makes these buttery, nutty blondie bars simple to prepare.  You can substitute any cake mix flavor, and feel free to add additional mix-ins besides the Snickers candy bars.

Makes 12 to 24 bars (depending on pan used and size of bar)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

  • 1 box butter pecan cake mix
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped Snickers candy bars
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, or chopped pecans (optional)

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly spray a 9×13-inch (for thinner bars) or 8-inch square (for thicker bars) pan with nonstick cooking spray, then line with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, stir the cake mix, oil, and eggs until combined.  Stir in the candy bar pieces and (optional) pecans.  Spread into the prepared baking pan.

Bake 25 to 35 minutes (depending on pan used) until the edges are golden brown.  Allow the bars to cool at least 30 minutes before cutting.[/print_this]

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Toffee Oatmeal Blondies

Toffee Oatmeal Blondies by LBBakes

I’m really starting to wonder why brownies always get the spotlight when it comes to dessert bars.  Because if I’m being honest, I think blondies are where it’s at.  Especially when you involve oatmeal and milk chocolate toffee bits.

I actually made these blondies right before I left New York last month — I tried to leave my dad with a stash of desserts. 🙂  But I managed to steal one of my own, and let me tell you, this recipe is a keeper.

Toffee Oatmeal Blondies LBBakes

Per the semi-usual, I replace half the butter with Greek yogurt, which made for a softer, more cake-like consistency that a regular blondie.  You could totally swap the yogurt for an all-butter recipe, but I may not want to associate myself with you anymore.  Just kidding. 😉

Both the oatmeal and the milk chocolate toffee bits give the blondies a lot of chewiness and texture.  If you want to up the chocolate taste, you could add some chocolate chips as well.  *Or* you could use plain toffee bits and toss in some cinnamon chips.  Just giving you lots of options!

Toffee Oatmeal Blondies by Little Bitty Bakes

[print_this]Toffee Oatmeal Blondies

Soft blondie bars made with Greek yogurt for lightness, with oats and toffee bits added for texture and chewiness.

Makes 25 bars

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup Chobani plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup toffee baking bits (Heath)

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a 8- or 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil, then spray with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, yogurt, and sugars (by hand or with electric mixer) until creamy.  Add the egg and vanilla extract; mix until smooth.  Add the baking powder, salt, oats, and flour; stir until just mixed.  Stir in the toffee bits.

Spread the dough into the prepared pan.  Bake 25 minutes or until top is golden brown (a toothpick inserted may still be a bit gooey, but this is good!).  Allow the bars to cool 30 minutes before cutting into 5 x 5 rows (for 25 bars total).  Store the bars in an airtight container at room temperature.[/print_this]