Caramel Swirled Pretzel M&M Blondies

While I was on vacation I had some time to think.
Like about life and all that.
Some questions went unanswered.
For example…
Why do we always eat beef jerky on road trips but never any other time?
Why is it always super important for the hotel where I stay to have a gym, but I never use them.
Why did Meg Ryan do all that weird stuff to her face?
how about…
Am I the only person in the history of the world that thinks fireworks are overrated?
and of course…
Could there be anything better than Cracker Barrel Hash Brown casserole?
I am pretty sure that Confucius and I would be homies.  You know, pondering all life’s enigmas.
Anyway…another of my big concerns in life is why haven’t I baked with Pretzel M&Ms yet?
That’s completely nonsensical.
So…situation resolved.  I can check that one off my list.

Here’s what you’ll need…

Make some cookie dough…
Press 2/3 of it in the bottom of the pan…
Bake the bottom…
Unwrapping is the hardest part.
Microwave that caramel

That’s good stuff.

Then drop the remaining batter on top and bake!

My brain feels a little bit lighter now that I have these finished, I guess I am going to need that Hotel gym after all!
Linking this up on Tidy Mom…and Mingle Mondays at Add A Pinch

Caramel Swirled Pretzel M&M Blondies


  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks) room temp
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp coarse Sea salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups Pretzel M&Ms
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 (14oz) bag caramels unwrapped
  • 1/4 cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray a 9×13 with baking spray. Set aside.
  3. Cream butter and sugars together in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add vanilla and eggs and mix well.
  5. On low add baking soda, salt and flour stirring until combined.
  6. Fold in your pretzel M&Ms and chocolate chips.
  7. In your prepared pan press 2/3 of your batter into the bottom of the pan.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes until just beginning to set, but not golden brown.
  9. While the bottom is baking put your unwrapped caramels into a microwave safe bowl along with your 1/4 cup milk. Microwave for 2-3 minutes, stirring every minute until melted.
  10. When the bottom is done pour the melted caramel on top.
  11. Drop in spoonfuls the remaining batter and spread over the caramel as well as you can.
  12. Continue baking for 15 minutes until golden brown and the caramel is bubbling.
  13. Preheat oven to 350°
  14. Let cool completely before cutting into squares

60 Responses

  1. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    Pretzel M&Ms are my favorite. I can't buy them because of how embarrassingly fast I eat the bag. I can't wait to make these!

  2. Jenni

    OH. MY. GOSH. I want to eat this right now! I am so making this the next time we make a dessert!!

    By the way, I think fireworks are overrated too!

  3. Trish - Sweetology101

    I think it is hilarious and delusional that I tell myself as I scarf down the bag of m&m's convincing myself that I am really just eating pretzels and those are healthy ya know. . . great treats here, nothing delusional about that.

  4. Amy

    Is it even legal to look at pictures of caramel swirled pretzel m&m blondies on a Friday morning before breakfast? Oatmeal doesn't seem so appealing now…

  5. Ann

    Pretty cool….You, Me & Confucius – we'd be buds. It's amazing the weird thoughts that I ponder…

    Blondies look amazing!


    huh. well i don't eat beef jerky on road trips but i do eat Peanut M&Ms and potato chips . . . wonder what's up w/that . . . never, ever do i ask about a hotel gym which might explain my backside . . . Meg Ryan . . . well . . . don't have a smart comeback for that one . . . am w/you on the whole fireworks thingie . . . and no, there is most certainly NOT anything better than Cracker Barrel Hash Brown casserole because TECHNICALLY it's a potato and there simply isn't anything better than a potato . . .

  7. Stephanie

    You are too funny! I am so with you on the fireworks. I don't get what the big deal is! These treats look so delish!

  8. The Lung Family

    ugh…preach it on the fireworks. They're cool and all, but SO overrated. I would rater not see them every year, but the hubs is fireworks lover, as is his fam. By the way, I can't add my two cents about the has brown casserole, as I live in California and don't have the pleasure of having a Cracker Barrel close to me at all.

  9. Amy K

    As always, you knocked it out of the park! These look sinfully delicious. Thanks for sharing.
    I had not seen Meg Ryan…ugghh, she used to be the cutest…why?

  10. Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    So glad you asked all those important questions because these blondies look fantastic! I love pretzel M&Ms:-)

  11. wenderly

    It's probably a good thing that I'm not your neighbor. I would weigh 500 pounds. But it might be worth it for all the laughs! 🙂

  12. Abby

    Stop! This is just too good. I'm putting together a care package for my husband and now i'm going to have to add these too! annnnd steal one for myself… 🙂

  13. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

    Would it be weird for me to tell you I love you?

    Because I kind of do.

    This recipe is everything that's good about sweetness and saltiness and chewiness.

    Also whenever I think about Meg Ryan I just picture You've Got Mail Meg. It's much less distressing, if sadly untrue in the present day.

  14. Joanne

    OH my god I just looked at that meg ryan picture and I almost vomited. NOT. GOOD.

    It's a good thing I had these blondie pictures to set myself straight. SO. GOOD.

  15. The Procrastobaker

    I didnt even know pretzel M&M's existed!!!! Ive been leading a deprived life. Maybe they arnt in the UK…i sincerely hope this is not the case.

    Anyway, this recipe. Jaw on floor. Caramel swirled blondies alonnneee = massive win. Gorgeous 🙂

  16. ateche

    This is my first visit to your blog! It will not be my last. I am going to be baking up a storm and I have to say I will most likely weigh 1000 pounds soon! I can't wait to try some of your recipes!

  17. Plumbing Supplies

    I really liked its presentation it really looks delicious and palatable. I love the taste of caramel and cookies alone but to combine this i think it really tastes like heaven.

  18. Okigirl2013

    Thanks for the the laugh. These blondies look sooooo delicious. I think I will make some today, if I can find the pretzel m&ms 🙂 I too have wondered the same thing about meg ryan. Surgery does not always make things better LOL!

  19. Raina

    Too funny! My daughter bought a can of beef jerky last time we were on vacation…lol Meg Ryan does look bizarre. Maybe she went to the same plastic surgeon as the Jacksons:)

    There are no words to describe this delectable treat other than to say you seriously are a goodie genius.

  20. Robyn

    Are these legal? You are an absolute brilliant baker — caramel, chocolate, pretzels, M&Ms in a blondie – sheer genius!

  21. grace

    it peeves me to think of unwrapping all those caramels, but this is one time when it'd definitely be worth the hassle! 🙂

  22. callie

    FINALLY made these last night (they’ve been on my MUST HAVE list since you posted the recipe) and would have commented sooner but I’ve been standing by the pan eating and snacking away. Who needs dinner or breakfast or lunch for that matter when you’ve got a pan of these?!?!

    Super delicious and I look forward to all your recipes and stories! (In fact I HAD to wake my husband up one night and relate your experience on vacation with the water aerobics instructor…I still laugh just thinking about that story as I write).

    I’m going to go heat up a little bit more of the cookie bar and have some vanilla ice cream and why not drizzle that with more caramel and chocolate! Mama needs her sweets!

  23. I forgot to post my findings. These bars are TO DIE FOR!!! I made them for my Dad for a belated Father’s Day gift (in July) and he loved them and refused to share, even with his girlfriend! They are truly a keeper!

  24. Jenny

    Ok, I’m going through all my bookmarked recipes (from here of course) to plan for Teacher Appreciation Week, and I have a question. This recipe calls for mixing the caramels with some milk, and the Chubby Hubby bars call for mixing the caramels with just a tiny bit of water. I wonder if you can explain the difference and when you would choose which and why? Is that too much question?? I saw some of the comments on the CH that if you don’t use enough water, the caramel will be chewy. Just curious why the two techniques. Looking forward to making some of these! Thanks!

    1. shelly

      There really isn’t too much of a difference, the milk just gives the caramel a little creamier of a taste, but honestly they are pretty interchangeable. Hope you like them!

  25. Holy cow! These are amazing! I’ve made them at least once a week since I discovered them on Pinterest. (Some batches have been for others – I haven’t taken them all down myself – though I could.) Just had to say thank you for sharing the deliciousness!

  26. Emma

    I was worried about how these would turn out because it seemed like there wasn’t enough dough but it worked out in the end. They are literally one of the best things I have made! So good!!

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