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Cream cheese candy bar blondies

I have been in a major funk this week. Sometimes I still feel the aftershocks of 2011, the year that shook me up. I think that's what I'm feeling this week. We put Elijah's 8th heart cath on the calendar, and that always puts me into a bit of a tailspin, too. Here's hoping for a better day tomorrow!

When I am feeling blue, food doesn't sound wonderful to me. Except for sweets, that is! No matter what is going on in my life, I can always muster up an appetite for dessert. I thought up this recipe, yes, at 3:00 in the morning, and Dan and I both loved it. We ate the entire pan by ourselves. That is always a sure sign of deliciousness.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8x8-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine:

1 cup light brown sugar

2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened

Using a hand-held mixer, beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Add 1 egg and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. Beat until creamy. Add the flour mixture in batches until just incorporated.

Stir in 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips until combined.

Coarsely chop 12 fun-size Twix candy bars.

Soften 4 ounces of cream cheese in the microwave. Divide it up, if desired, and color with food coloring according to a particular holiday or celebration.

Press three quarters of the cookie dough into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.

Drop the cream cheese in spoonfuls over the brownies.

Use a butter knife or the back of a spoon to spread the cream cheese around without covering the entire surface.

Sprinkle the chopped Twix candy bars over top.

Place the remaining cookie dough over top, in crumbles.

Place the baking dish back into the oven and bake for an additional 20 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into squares.

Wishing you all happiness this weekend!

Printable recipe: Cream cheese candy bar blondies

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Reader Comments (7)

These look decadent! Perfect with a pot of black coffee!

Amazing recipe - you are so talented. So sorry things are rough. I hope today is a better day for you.

03.9.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda M.

Hoping you feel better soon. Keep your head and chin up. It'll get better.

These blondies look amazing and super yummy. I'm like you, an appetite for dessert whenever I'm down in the dumps.

Smile! Someone loves you!

03.9.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSimply Tia

oh my goodness!!! these look divine! you have the best dessert bar recipes megan! hope these helped lift your spirits. :)

hi. I found your site because of your candy lemon slices. thank you so much for your beautiful photography and excellent recipes!! I am praying for you and your family and your Elijah to be completely healed and well. Wonderful LIFE and LIGHT to all of you!!! :) :)

03.9.2012 | Unregistered Commenterkellyk

How would these turn out you think if I didn't par bake the first layer?! I like my blondies really gooey! They look divine!

03.14.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCory Baughn

Hi Cory! I think they would be delicious without baking the bottom layer first. Let me know how they turn out if you try it!

03.15.2012 | Registered CommenterMegan Porta

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