21 August 2013

Birthday Blondies with Sprinkles


Yes, these blondies have sprinkles. They also have half the sweetie shop, so they're definitely just for birthdays or a special treat.

In case you don't know, blondies are just like brownies, but brownies are chocolate flavoured and blondies are vanilla  flavoured. They are both a heavenly slice of fudgey goodness.

While we are on the subject of vanilla, I would like to recommend you only use vanilla extract and not vanilla essence. The essence is artificial and tastes it. You'll only get a good flavour from vanilla extract. I only buy Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract from Nielsen Massey. You can buy it in most supermarkets now. It might seem a little pricey, but it lasts a while and has a fabulous flavour.


Now back to the blondies. I made these for a birthday. They were for Cooper's childminder, Lorraine. She's fabulous! So patient and loving to Cooper and she makes life much easier for us.

Cooper loves her to bits and really doesn't want to leave when we pick him up after work. When he won't budge we say, "Well we're going home, shall we leave you here?" and Cooper says "Yes!". So we've stopped using that as a technique.

Lorraine is beautifully slender, but she works hard at it and is careful what she eats, so I decided for her birthday, it had too be something heavily laden with sugar. Something she wouldn't normally indulge in.

Bring on the birthday blondies or as I like to call them sweetie shop blondies!
  • 3 packets of Smarties
  • 1 packet Peanut M&Ms
  • 1 packet Chocolate Buttons
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Sprinkles
 See what I mean?

They are sweet, fudgey and glorious!

Happy Birthday Lorraine!!





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Sweetie Shop Blondies

Light, fudgey blondies, filled with lots of candy and sprinkles. Perfect for a birthday treat.
Ingredients
  • 125g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 100g unsalted butter, softened
  • 250g crunchy peanut butter
  • 250g demerara sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 x 40g tubes smarties
  • 45g bag peanut M&Ms
  • 33g bag Cadburys Buttons
  • 100g dark chocolate chips
  • 50g sprinkles
Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 170c/150c fan/325f/Gas Mark 3.2. Sieve the flour and baking powder into a bowl.3. In a large bowl cream together the butter and peanut butter until lovely and soft, then add the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Beat until well combined.4. Fold the flour mix in, then fold in all the sweeties and most of the sprinkles. Leave plenty to sprinkle on top. 5. Pour the mixture into a lined square brownie pan and smooth out. Then dust with the rest of the sprinkles.6. Bake for 25-30 minutes until almost firm in the middle and golden.7. Allow to cool in the tin, then cut into 16 squares.8. Enjoy!9. Try not to think about the calories!
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Yield: Makes 16 squares


Disclosure: Nielsen-Massey sent me some vanilla extract to use in my baking. I was not required to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own. I have been buying this brand for as long as I have been blogging and it is the only brand of vanilla extract I ever buy.

23 comments:

  1. Mmmm - half the sweetie shop sounds good to me! Love Neilsen-Massey vanilla - always use the stuff myself Jac x

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    1. I think most bakers probably do. You can't get better.

      Thought you might like this one.

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  2. WOW!I'm drooling. Was just looking for something other than a cake to make for my friend's birthday, this is perfect! Thanks!

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  3. Wow! That must have tasted amazing!

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    1. It was so good Sylvia. Cooper and I had a wee square each, for quality control you understand, before we packed it up.

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  4. They do look pretty special, lucky childminder!
    Janie x

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    1. I'll definitely be making them again Jane :)

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  5. I know who would love these - sylvia (with the peanuts - I just saw how much peanuts butter was in there and I thought they looked even more yummy!). A great child minder is priceless - this is a lovely gift

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    1. I am sure Sylvia would love them. Cooper did :)

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  6. I love the way the smarties have split and look like macaroons... what a glorious and very naughty treat!

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  7. Oh my god, this is like Christmas in a blondie, what with all that delicious candy in there! The blondies look amazing.

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  8. Thats a great "use up all the sweet in one go so I can't eat them" recipe. Take the blondies to a party, eat one and donate the rest.

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    1. You still eat them, unless you give them away. Such a dangerous treat!

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  9. Very indulgent indeed! Love this naughty streak of yours, Jac! And love that first image - so vibrant and inviting. Lucky Lorraine :D

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  10. I've been meaning to try blondies for a little while. I'm not sure I'd want all the extra sugar of the smarties & sprinkles though! (Although they look very cute.)

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    1. I know you could get high with all that sugar!

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  11. I just asked my boyfriend if he wants this for his birthday cake, I think he was sold at the peanut m&m's! Looks so naughtily delicious!

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  12. This looks like a fun recipe to make with my niece. I love the additions of the smarties, m&ms etc.

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I love reading comments, so thank you for taking the time to leave one. Unfortunately, I'm bombarded with spam, so I've turned on comment moderation. I'll publish your comments as soon as I can and respond to them. Don't panic, they will disappear when you hit publish. Jac x