Thursday, October 6, 2016

Butterfinger Blondies

Welcome to October's "Fill the Cookie Jar"! This months theme is Halloween/Pumpkin. Instead of a spooky treat this year, I went with a bar featuring my all time favorite Halloween candy treat. Butterfingers. I always loved finding the houses with Butterfingers, and truth be told I would have traded every candy bar I had for a Butterfinger! 

You do have to realize at the age I was trick or treating, it was many many moons ago and times were different. Plus we lived in the middle of farm country, so you didn't make it to a lot of houses, and the parents had to drive us to all both one of the houses we went to. So, my version of a "lot" of candy is less than most!

Enough about trick or treating, and back to the bar. I won some of these Butterfinger Baking Bits in a basket at a fund raiser. I was so happy to find goodies in the basket I had never used, and knew exactly how to enjoy them. This is such a simple bar to pull together. Peanut butter mixed with Butterfinger Bits? Oh yes... Perfection!  Want to use up some Halloween candy instead? Just smash up 1 1/2 cups of Butterfinger Candy Bars, and you are good to go!

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Butterfinger Blondies

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup ligh brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
10 oz bag Butterfinger Baking Bits, divided

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9x13 pan with cooking spray, set aside.  In large mixing bowl, combine butter and both sugars with electric mixer.  Mix until butter is completely incorporated. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition. Add peanut butter and vanilla, mixing until smooth and creamy. Add flour, baking powder, and salt, mixing well. Add Butterfinger Baking Bits, reserving 3/4 cup. Stir until the bits are evenly distributed

Pour mixture into prepared pan. Spread as needed to have mixture even through pan. Sprinkle remaining Butterfinger Baking Bits over top and lightly press into the cookie mixture.  Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until edges are turning golden. Remove from oven and let cool completely.  Cut into bars, and store in air tight container.

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