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.
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. 🙂
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]