Brown Butter Blondies with Cadbury Eggs and Walnuts
Easter is less than a week away! I always realize a holiday is coming up is when I walk into a grocery store or drug store and there's an aisle full of themed candies. Sometimes a little too soon, which makes me feel rushed. Out of all the holiday candy selections, Easter candy is my all time favorite. There are so many choices and it gets better every year. I used to be all about the chocolate eggs, but now can't get enough of these damn jolly rancher and starburst gummy eggs. It's all too good and I can't stop eating them. The best part is when it all goes on sale the day after Easter. Who cares about black Friday or the day after x-mas sales. it's all about the day after Easter candy clearance bins.
Since I went a little overboard with buying Easter candy, I thought it was best to bake with some. I took a poll with some friends and we think that Cadbury eggs are the best chocolate Easter candy. The exterior is perfectly crunchy and the milk chocolate is not overly sweet or fake tasting. I could easily go through a bag of these!
Since these are milk chocolate, you're going to want to make sure your blondie batter is not too sweet. I also added walnuts because I am all about nuts in my cookies and brownies. If you're not about that life, go ahead and eliminate it from the recipe. You can also use your favorite brand of Easter candy in these. I was tempted to use the Recess eggs, but I'll save that for another day!
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 10 tbsp unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup Cadbury eggs, chopped
- 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
- In a medium saucepan, heat the butter over medium heat until melted. Continue to cook the butter on medium heat, mixing often, until it turns golden brown and it smells nutty. This takes about 5 minutes. Pour into a large bowl and let it cool for 10 minutes
- Stir the brown sugar, egg, and vanilla into the browned butter. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until combined. Add in all the walnuts and half of the Cadbury eggs and mix until incorporated. The batter will be thick.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Use a spatula to smooth the dough to an even thickness. Sprinkle the remaining Cadbury eggs on top of the batter. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Let cool before lifting the blondies out of the pan. Cut into squares and serve.