Cherry M & M Blondies

Blondie Brownies made with lots of brown sugar, a hint of almond

and tart cherry M & M candies!

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My poor husband had a real moment of panic on Sunday as the realization hit him that Valentine’s Day was only days away.  He turned to me and with a wild look in his eyes, he asked if he should do something for me or not.  I told him not to worry about.  But he continued to stare at me as he was trying to decifer whether my answer was a trick answer or not.  Was he going to be in the dog house for misinterpreting my answer?  Does “no” really mean “you bet your life?”

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In this instance, “no”  truly meant “no”.  I am not into Valentine’s Day.  While I enjoy picking out special boxes of chocolates for the kids and making all sorts of red velvet treats, my enthusiasm for cupid’s day ends there.  To me, this holiday is all about the kids.

Blondie brownies loaded with cherry M & M’s! www.lemonsforlulu.com

I remember being a kid and decorating shoe boxes before our school Valentine’s Day party.  I would adorn my box with all sorts of heart stickers, doilies and cupid’s arrows.  I’d cut a big slit down the center of the top so each classmate could drop their cards right in.  Party day was filled with cookies and games and at the end, we’d all rush around and drop our pre-written Valentine’s into each person’s box.

Blondie brownies loaded with cherry M & M”s! www.lemonsforlulu.com

After school I’d rush home and dump out my box.  I’d sort through all my Valentine’s, eating all candy hearts as I read through each card.  The cards had no sentimental meaning, I mean we only wrote our names on them and since our mom’s shopped at the same stores, the cards were all the same.  Yet the simple act of giving everyone a hand written card was an act of love.  An act that gets lost as we become adults, especially in this technology driven world.

Along with my box of chocolate, my kids will be treated to blondies.  I sometimes think I prefer blondies to traditional brownies.  These blondies are particularly good.  They are very soft and the brown sugar is very pronounced.  I added a touch of almond extract because almonds and cherries are a perfect pair.  Cherry M & M’s (I found mine at Target) are amazing!  They are tart just like chocolate covered cherries!  They were fabulous in this blondie, perfect for Valentine’s Day or any day you crave something sweet!

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Cherry M & M Blondies
 
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup butter, melted
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 6.6 oz package Cherry M & M’s
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9 x13 inch pan.
  2. Melt butter in a bowl. Stir in sugar and eggs. Stir in extracts.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, stirring just until combined. Pour batter into prepared pan (batter will be thick.)
  4. Press M & M’s onto blondies. Bake for 25 minutes or until edges begin to pull away and toothpick inserted in the center only pulls out a few crumbs.
  5. Blondies will soft in the center.

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38 Responses

    • I have to buy several bags at a time because I like to munch on them while I bake! Thanks Betsy!

  1. I was planning on making these today during our big snowstorm because I love to bake when I’m stuck inside. I see you thought they would be a good idea too. I hope mine turn out as good as yours did.

    • That is the best way to pass the time when you are stuck indoors! Thanks Susan!

  2. So my 16 year old nephew has his first girlfriend and she told him she didn’t want anything for Valentine’s Day. We promptly told she actually wanted a HUGE present and not to believe her. Oh the confusion on his face :) Love these tasty little treats!

  3. These just look wonderful! I remember decorating shoe boxes or tissue boxes for V-day :) There was always an abundances of glue and stick on hearts for me!

  4. Hehe, that is too cute Tanya, your husband sounds like mine too when I tell him that I would rather stay in on special occasions too. These blondies look wonderful and love the pop of color from the Cherry M&M’s – perfect for Valentine’s Day :)

  5. OMG! These look unbelievable, pinning now!

  6. Boy I must have been living under a rock, when did they come out with cherry M& Ms?? These look incredible Tanya!

    • Thanks Sue! The M & M’s are fantastic!

  7. These look wonderful! I’ve never seen cherry M&Ms where I live, but I will certainly keep an eye out in the future. :)

    • I sure hope you find them Sarah, they are addictive!

    • It was pretty fun! Thanks Danielle!

  8. these look amazing, what a great idea to use cherry m & ms! Checking these out from strut your stuff Saturday and loving these :-)
    Cathy

  9. Tanya, these look just fabulous and your photos are amazing! Thank you SO much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend – pinned them, twice! :) Hope you have a happy Sunday and a wonderful week!

  10. Wowwww These blonides are to-die-for
    They look amazingly delicious!

  11. AAAHHH – these cookie bars look delightfully yummy. Thanks so much for sharing at Weekend Potluck. Please do come again soon.

  12. YUM! I love baking blondies for my man, and I’m sure he’d love a little variation in the normal M&M version.

    I’m cohosting a link up I think you’d be interested in, Eat Drink & Be Mary. It opens up tomorrow at 12am EST. I hope you see more yummy recipes from you kitchen :)

  13. The roles were reversed around here….I asked my hubby on his way home from work Friday if he got me anything (hoping he’d say NO) and he said YES!! Panic ensued….and he ended up with a French Silk Pie from Baker’s Square. I should’ve made these blondies instead!!

  14. These are too cute for words! I love the bright red in the bars!

  15. I always loved getting all the Valentines at school too. Now I have to buy myself candy! Blondies are always delicious and I bet these m&ms give them a great pop of flavor.

  16. Hi Tanya,
    Thanks for posting to Cast Party Wednesday. I always enjoy your recipes and the pictures are gorgeous! :)

  17. I loved your Tip Me Tuesday link this week. {thanks girl!} Would you like Tip Junkie to feature your blog post to over 200,000 creative women? If you upload this blog post into your Tip Junkie craft room using at least 2 images, 2 steps, and blog post URL then I can easily feature it in my RSS feed, home page, and all my social networks instantly. {squealing with delight} ~ Laurie {a.k.a. the Tip Junkie}
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  18. Thanks for posting this recipe.

  19. I loved your Tip Me Tuesday link this week Tanya. {thanks girl!} Would you like Tip Junkie to feature your blog post to over 200,000 creative women? If you upload this blog post into your Tip Junkie craft room using at least 2 images, 2 steps, and blog post URL then I can easily feature it in my RSS feed, home page, and all my social networks instantly. {squealing with delight} ~ Laurie {a.k.a. the Tip Junkie}
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