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?
or…
Why is it always super important for the hotel where I stay to have a gym, but I never use them.
and…
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!

 
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Caramel Swirled Pretzel M&M Blondies


Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions

  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

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Emma
February 24, 2013 8:59 pm

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!!

May 14, 2012 4:24 pm

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!

Jenny
February 26, 2012 7:00 pm

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… Read more »

October 31, 2011 6:05 pm

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!

callie
August 8, 2011 1:42 am

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… Read more »

August 7, 2011 12:41 pm

I made these for my birthday and wooooow! Delish! Great recipe!

Kate Lewis
August 2, 2011 6:13 pm

These look so good!!! I featured them on my blog!
http://ourdailydilemma.blogspot.com/2011/08/pretzel-m-blondies.html

Kristen
July 21, 2011 2:36 pm

I just want to eat the batter… that picture of the batter spooned out has my mouth watering for sure.

grace
July 20, 2011 8:09 am

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

Shaina
July 19, 2011 6:54 am

Pretzel and caramels are two of my favorite things. Add blondies and M&Ms? Oh my.

Robyn
July 18, 2011 12:21 am

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

Tessa
July 17, 2011 4:46 pm

Adding caramel to pretzel m&m's… ah, I might be in heaven. Yum!

Raina
July 17, 2011 12:32 pm

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.

Mamie
July 17, 2011 2:26 am

I love reading your bog! You tell the funniest stories and your food is so yummy!

Okigirl2013
July 17, 2011 1:26 am

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!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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