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M&M Chocolate Chip Blondies

M&M Chocolate Chip Blondies

My dad loves flowers. He plants thousands of daffodils in his backyard every fall. When the flowers bloom, the view is breathtaking.  The bright yellow daffodils are a sea of sunshine. He always sends pictures, but I still miss the days we used to walk out back and look at the spring flowers.

When my dad visited us in the fall, he planted daffodils and tulips in our yard. He wanted to make sure spring welcomed us in the right way. Our flowers finally bloomed over the weekend. There is a mix of vibrant colors-orange, pink, red, yellow, and purple.  I love the fresh beauty of spring, but the flowers have a deeper meaning this year. They remind me of my dad and his never ending love for us and flowers.

I took a few photos of our flowers over the weekend-here is one of my favorites. I love the little droplets of morning dew.

And now I have a bone to pick with Mother Nature. Snow is in the forecast for the rest of the week in Utah and I am not happy. I will be really sad if the snow ruins my beautiful flowers.

To keep spring in the air, I am sharing a blondie recipe with pastel spring M&M’s. The Easter bunny missed our house this year, so when I saw spring M&M’s on sale for 99 cents, I had to give in. To keep me from eating the entire bag, I whipped up a batch of blondies.

If I need a treat in a hurry, I love making these blondies. This is a no fuss recipe and very adaptable.  Feel free to throw in your favorite mix ins. I added chocolate chips with the M&M’s because you can never have too much chocolate.

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M&M Chocolate Chip Blondies

Ingredients:

1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 stick butter, melted
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup M&M's

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 8X8 pan with cooking spray. I used a glass Pyrex dish.

2. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a medium bowl-flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Set aside.

3. In a medium bowl, stir together the melted butter and brown sugar. Stir until smooth.

4. Add in the egg and stir. Next, stir in the vanilla. Stir until smooth.

5. Add the flour mixture and stir until the ingredients are combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and M&M's.

6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake the blondies for 23-25 minutes, until the blondies are set. A toothpick will come out clean when they are done. Let the blondies cool on a rack. When cool, cut and serve.

Adapted from Garrett McCord's recipe on Simply Recipes

If you like these blondies, you might also like:

Caramel Chocolate Blondies from Two Peas and Their Pod
Dorie’s Chewy Chunky Blondies from Two Peas and Their Pod
Chocolate Chip and Peanut Blondies from Dishing Up Delights
Peanut Butterfinger Blondies from Sugar Plum

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56 Responses to “M&M Chocolate Chip Blondies”

  1. 1
    Erica — April 28, 2010 @ 4:31 am

    That is so cool that he planted flowers are your place :) Now every time you look outside you can be reminded of him. Love it. Snow- you better not ruin Maria’s beautiful flowers!!! These look like a great treat. I love cookie bars :)

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    VeggieGirl — April 28, 2010 @ 4:32 am

    Ahhh, love flower gardens – he’d love my backyard then :-D

    M&M blondies…. TOO PERFECT FOR WORDS!!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — April 28, 2010 @ 5:24 am

    I think M&Ms are more fun to eat when they are brightly colored and include pink. :)

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    Joanne — April 28, 2010 @ 5:24 am

    Your dad seems so sweet! Pretty flowers seem like the perfect thing to associate with him. I will keep my fingers crossed that the snow will STAY AWAY.

    These blondies look delicious. The perfect treat on a spring day.

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    Manggy — April 28, 2010 @ 5:38 am

    Those are beautiful! I hope they survive the snow, if it comes! I love blondies with chocolate bits (hungry now!!).

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    kellypea — April 28, 2010 @ 6:14 am

    How fabulous to be able to see a sea of daffodils like that! I can only imagine how beautiful it is. We’re having less than lovely spring weather, too. Pastel M&Ms are definitely a perk me up for grey weather. Love blondies :)

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    Jasey @ Crazy Daisy — April 28, 2010 @ 6:17 am

    These looks sooo good! Yuuummmmm! Come link to Tuesday Tastes! I would love to have you!

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    Happy Day,
    Jasey @ Crazy Daisy

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    Maggy — April 28, 2010 @ 6:33 am

    These look so good! Love that they are so fun and Springy too.

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    DessertForTwo — April 28, 2010 @ 6:42 am

    I’ve also whipped up a batch of cookies with candy bits to prevent myself from eating the whole bag! Sneaky!
    Could I make this without M&Ms? I’m dying for a perfect blondie recipe!

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    Live.Love.Eat — April 28, 2010 @ 6:44 am

    Oh this is so sweet. I wished my Dad or your Dad or anyone’s Dad really, would come plant flowers in my yard. I just don’t have the green thumb. So I will stick to the kitchen which brings me to those blondies. Looks good, and I love the plate!!!

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    twopeas — April 28, 2010 @ 6:52 am

    Dessert for Two-Yes, you can make these without M&M’s. Use your favorite mix ins! Plain chocolate chips will still be very tasty:)

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    Jenny Flake — April 28, 2010 @ 7:39 am

    So cute with the pastels! I’d like me a few of these bad boys today! Have a great Wednesday Maria!!

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    Michelle — April 28, 2010 @ 8:11 am

    Cookies with M&M’s are always so much fun to eat!

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    Nadia — April 28, 2010 @ 8:21 am

    Blondies are sooo delicious, any version of a chocolate cookie in any form is fine by me. Your plate is so darling, love the pink chick.

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    LilSis — April 28, 2010 @ 8:28 am

    I love the pastel colored M&M’s! These blondies look delicious!

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    Reeni — April 28, 2010 @ 8:43 am

    The only thing that can make blondies better is m&m’s! These look scrumptious!

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    Sara — April 28, 2010 @ 9:13 am

    Cutely colored M&Ms just taste better, don’t they? These blondies look great.

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    Cookin' Canuck — April 28, 2010 @ 9:20 am

    The tulip photo is so pretty! These blondies would be very popular in my house.

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    Jen @ How To: Simplify — April 28, 2010 @ 9:23 am

    I love blondies! What’s not to love about them, though? They’re like cookies but in a brownie form. Plus, you can always play with the ingredients. I love the use of M&Ms in your blondies!

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    Michelle {Brown Eyed Baker} — April 28, 2010 @ 9:42 am

    Yum! I love candy in baked goods!

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    Krista — April 28, 2010 @ 9:57 am

    What a lovely, lovely thing for your dad to do. :-) I like the water droplets too!!

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    Jessica — April 28, 2010 @ 9:58 am

    These look like they are to die for

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    Tracy — April 28, 2010 @ 10:56 am

    These look wonderful!

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    Diana — April 28, 2010 @ 11:32 am

    My dad is the same way with flowers — he spends hours in the garden every weekend. We practically have to drag him in for dinner!

    I’ll have to try this blondie recipe. I’m not in love with the base I used for my raspberry macadamia blondies, and have been looking for a new recipe to adapt them with. The flavors are great, but the base was just a little too gooey for my liking.

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    stephchows — April 28, 2010 @ 11:54 am

    love the tulip photo!!!

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    Memoria — April 28, 2010 @ 12:31 pm

    SNOW?! What? Wow. I would be happy about that, but I understand why you aren’t pleased. These blondies look yummy! I’m bookmarking this recipe.

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    Natalie (The Sweets Life) — April 28, 2010 @ 12:43 pm

    yum! I still have some leftover m&ms that I need to do something with too :) Think you can make blondies with peanut m&ms without chopping them? I worry if I food process them they’ll get TOO chopped up..

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    Blond Duck — April 28, 2010 @ 1:02 pm

    Flowers and blondies…. sigh.

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    grace — April 28, 2010 @ 1:41 pm

    i think the pastel m&ms taste better than the bold ones. i’m weird like that. :)

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    Oneida — April 28, 2010 @ 1:50 pm

    Great recipe and design. I would also try different snacks for decoration. One time I used oatmal cookies with smiley on it. I wish I could have come up with something as nice as yours.

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    Amanda — April 28, 2010 @ 2:17 pm

    Beautiful!! Such a fantastic shot!! Well done!

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    Mags — April 28, 2010 @ 2:58 pm

    Great recipe for spring! I love M&Ms and look for an excuse to put them in anything.

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    Heather I. — April 28, 2010 @ 4:40 pm

    Awww, what a sweet thing for your dad to do. Tulips are one of my favorite flowers. Blondies = delicious!

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    Cristine — April 28, 2010 @ 5:34 pm

    The blondies look great!

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    Tessa — April 28, 2010 @ 6:08 pm

    The photo of your tulip is amazing! I too love it when the spring flowers finally bloom!

    The blondes look great too. m&m’s mixed in blondies can never be a bad thing!

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    megan — April 28, 2010 @ 7:25 pm

    Those darn colored M&M’s get me every time. I walk by them and they call my name.
    Love the tulip. They are one of my favorite flowers.

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    elra — April 28, 2010 @ 7:58 pm

    Your chocolate blondies look really tempting. Nice treat to welcome Spring. Speaking of Spring, I can imagine how beautiful your daffodils and tulips right now.

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    Lorna — April 29, 2010 @ 12:13 pm

    Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog. Those M&M blondies look incredible!

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    You are so right, we can never have enough chocolate! My kids would go crazy for these sweet blondies. I love the pastel colors. I hope your gorgeous flowers survive the storm. What a sweet thing your dad did :)

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    Becky O. — April 29, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

    i want that cute plate and those look good.

    what a sweet dad you have!

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