Gooey Blondies with Pretzels and M&Ms

Despite my addiction to absolutely anything chocolate, I adore blondie brownies — even more so than your typical chocolate brownie. I came across this particular recipe on Cate’s World Kitchen, and it couldn’t be easier to whip up. Literally, six ingredients (with one of them, vanilla extract, optional) plus mix-ins — and they come together in one bowl. You don’t even need an electric mixer, a simple whisk should suffice.

These are definitely gooey and rich, but so delicious! They’re perfect with a glass of cool milk or ice cream instead of standing on their own. You can also substitute your own add-ins (toasted nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips, cookie dough, etc.) for the perfect blondie.

Ingredients:

(adapted from Cate’s World Kitchen)

  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup pretzels, roughly chopped (you can also just break them with your hands)
  • 1/2 cup M&Ms

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8×8″ pan with butter.
  2. Beat the butter and brown sugar together in a bowl. Add the egg and vanilla and mix well.
  3. Stir in the flour and salt until combined.
  4. Add in any mix-ins, stirring until even.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until set in the middle and golden brown on the top. (Don’t overbake blondies; they’re better gooey anyway!)
  6. Cool completely before cutting into squares to serve (I had 16 blondies from an 8×8″ pan).
– Halie
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