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Crazy Halloween Blondies

I have a real sweet tooth, so Halloween is my favorite holiday. I came up with these bars for my kids, but I think I like them even more than they do! —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, divided
  • 2/3 cup milk chocolate M&M's, divided
  • 2/3 cup chopped candy corn, divided
  • 2/3 cup coarsely chopped miniature pretzels, divided
  • 2/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 2/3 cup butterscotch chips, divided
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) hot caramel ice cream topping

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°. Line a 13x9-in. baking pan with parchment, letting ends extend up sides; grease paper.
  • In a large bowl, beat melted butter and brown sugar until blended. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to brown sugar mixture, mixing well. Stir in half the pecans, M&M's, candy corn, pretzels, chocolate chips and butterscotch chips.
  • Spread into prepared pan. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  • Spread caramel topping over bars; sprinkle with remaining pecans, M&M's, candy corn, pretzels, chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. Lifting with parchment, remove from pan. Cut into bars.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 358 calories, 16g fat (8g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 183mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (42g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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