There is nothing particularly special about these Heath Bar Blondies other than how easy they are to make: chocolate chip cookie recipe, absent chocolate chips, present coarsely chopped Heath Bar candy bars. The recipe doesn't even require advance planning because the butter is melted not softened, and since these are bars, there is no scooping, rolling and switching out of cookie sheets.
The blondies are so easy, I initially said it was easier than microwaving a cake made from a mix. However, while I am not ashamed to admit that I have baked cakes from cake mix before, I have never microwaved cake mix batter, so shame on me for making such a strong, grossly unsubstantiated statement.
However, I have dated a few cavemen in my life, so I can claim with a very high degree of confidence, that this Blondies recipe is so easy an ex-boyfriend could do it.
[my sincerest apologies to Geico, and not-so-sincere apologies to any caveman-esque ex-boyfriends]
Heath Bar Blondies Recipe
Preheat oven to 350. Grease 9x9 baking pan. (You can use an 8x8; the blondies will just be slightly taller.)
Into a large mixing bowl, sift together: 1 c. all-purpose flour, ½ tsp baking powder, ⅛ tsp baking soda, and ½ tsp salt.
In a large bowl, beat together 1 c brown sugar with 1 stick melted butter. Add 1 large egg and ¼ tsp vanilla.
Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture along with 1 c. coarsely chopped Heath bars. (Add nuts if you feel so inspired, but don't tell me about it. I hate nuts in cookies and brownies). Pour batter into pan.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool (if you have the patience) before cutting into squares.
YUM, Blondies are one of my all time favorite desserts! So simple and your pics are fabulous!
julie k h says
Those look super tasty! ...also, so easy even a husband can bake them. I may have to test that theory soon.
My ever-so-aspiring "healthy" self totally thought this recipe was called "HeaLth Bar Blondies". Now that I think about, I might as well be categorized as a blondie.
Yum yum yummy!
Sarah J. Gim says
bakingblonde: now that i think about it though, a blondie isn't really a dessert, is it? i consider it more of, say, a snack (which just feels less guilty ;) )
julie kh: test it this weekend!
chiara: but they are healthy! chocolate has antioxidants! and i'm pretty sure that nutritionists will soon find out that toffee has vitamins.
amy: you're telling me
YUM! Thanks for sharing. I'm always on the lookout for easy desserts to make and blondies are a fave. I'll definitely be giving these a try!
Sarah J. Gim says
ingrid: I have another blodnie recipe coming, too, so stay tuned...
Joanne Choi says
these look totally yummy - perhaps I will make them for the bake sale we have coming up for our church.
I love blondes which, in my book, are a perfect snack or great dessert (especially when baked in a pie plate, cut into a wedge, and topped with a scoop of ice cream and drizzle of sauce.)
Am looking forward to trying the heath bar variation very, very soon!
Oh my!! These look so good and so tempting. I hear ya on the nuts!! I cannot stand nuts in or on anything, except Snickers (so weird). I'm bookmarking this now.
Late Nite Baker says
Amazing recipe! My whole family loves them!
Just made this but added chocolate chips and chopped walnuts and it is very good!
I've been trying to find a recipe that will come close to the toffee bars I get from a local coffee house -- these aren't quite the same, but still delicious in their own right. I subbed in some whole wheat flour (1/3 c wheat, 2/3 c all-purpose -- trying to gradually transition to whole wheat) and added just a little white sugar to the brown (the total was still 1 C). I also didn't melt the butter, instead letting it soften for a bit at room temperature. The end result was a bit cakey, in contrast to the photos (your bars look gooey/chewy in the middle). This was fine, because "fluffier" and "cake-ier" was what I was going for, to match the consistency of my favorite bars. I'll also try to hunt down an 8 x 8 pan -- I think I'd like them slightly thicker than what the 9x9 produces. I'll keep playing around with it.... thanks for the great recipe, in any case! :) I knew as soon as I saw the pictures that if they weren't perfect they'd be pretty dang close.
These are SOOOOOOOOO delicious and easy to make! Thanks for the recipe!
what are health bars? Is there a certian brand you use
These look fantastic! I have a bunch of Heath Bars left from Halloween, and I wanted to see if I could find a recipe in which to use them. I love Heath Bars, but just can't "deal" with chewing them (too damned hard for some of my dental work.) However, it appears from your pix that these chopped Heath chunks "soften up" a bit after baking. Please tell me that's true before I proceed. Thanks ! JTB
Sarah J. Gim says
Hi JTB! the Heath bars DO soften after baking (and are especially melty/gooey right out of the oven). kind of like chocolate chips gets softer, but the heath bars don't get quite as soft. thanks for asking! hope that helps, and let me know how it all work out for you!
This bar was delicious but the heath bar did not soften in the oven. It was very hard after baking. Any insight?
Lily Hansen says
This this is my go-to desert, yummy and easy! Buying the Heath miniature and cutting them in fourths is perfect! One back makes about 2 cups. Thank you for this recipe!