Brown Sugar M&M Blondies


Brown Sugar M&M Blondies are an easy dessert to make for Valentine’s day or any occasion.  They are, soft, chewy and full of flavor!

Brown Sugar M&M Blondies are an easy dessert to make for Valentine's day or any occasion.  They are, soft, chewy and full of flavor!

I think I covered all of my Valentine bases this week:  I provided you with a Valentine’s day dinner idea, a dessert recipe for the chocolate addicts, and now one sweet treat for those who aren’t huge on chocolate.  Anyone else besides me?  I have always been a “vanilla” kind of girl, but I do like the occasional chocolate indulgence.  Blondies are the perfect dessert to me.  They are like brownies in shape and texture, but are flavored with brown sugar in place of the chocolate.  So delicious!

Brown Sugar M&M Blonde Brownies are a quick dessert to make for Valentine's day, pot luck or party.  They are, soft, chewy and delicious!

These brown sugar M&M blondies are bursting with the wonderful flavor of brown sugar, creating a caramel-like flavor that is just amazing. That makes them pretty fabulous in my book.

Stay warm this weekend if you live anywhere in the vicinity of this arctic tundra we are experiencing right now.  Sunday’s HIGH temperature is going to be below zero. I’m not even kidding.  Lowest high temperature (oxymoron?) we have had in 33 years according to the news and we are absolutely running out of places to put all of this snow.  Some sunshine would be great, mother nature. OK, I’m done venting.  Happy Valentine’s day everyone!

Brown Sugar M&M Blondies
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 24 bars
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ⅔ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 and ¾ cup M&M's (I used the Valentine's Day colors)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and set aside. Melt butter in a separate bowl. Add firmly packed brown sugar in with the butter and mix well. Cool slightly.
  3. Add beaten eggs and vanilla to the butter/sugar and blend well. Add flour mixture, a little at a time, mixing well. Mix in 1 cup M&M's.
  4. Spread in a generously greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Pat down with hand or spatula so they are evenly spread all around the pan. Sprinkle the rest of the M&M's on top and push down slightly into batter. Bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Store in airtight container at room temperature.

 Recipe source:  highly adapted from

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25 Responses to “Brown Sugar M&M Blondies”

  1. Michael
    February 13, 2015 at 5:42 AM #

    .My mom used to make them. But, she would use chocolate chip cookie recipe.

  2. February 13, 2015 at 8:48 AM #

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your husband! 🙂

  3. Dawn
    February 13, 2015 at 9:30 AM #

    I always wondered why blondies taste so much like caramel! Now I know it’s the brown sugar. Oh, I’m afraid to make these, because then there’s an entire pan of them staring at me. I think I’ll do it anyway. I think they freeze reasonably well.

    Thanks, and Happy Valentine’s Day, and most of all…stay warm!!! I think Mr. Wishes can help with that!

    • February 13, 2015 at 10:10 AM #

      Aww happy Valentine’s day to you too! You can cut the recipe in half and bake in a 8×8 pan too!

  4. February 13, 2015 at 11:10 AM #

    my kiddos would be SO happy to come from school and find these waiting for them~

  5. February 13, 2015 at 11:15 AM #

    Omg-osh – it sure is freezin where you are! Sending warming thoughts your way Ashley – now could you send me some of these? 😉
    Like how I spun that there? Seriously, these sound insanely good!

  6. Linda
    February 13, 2015 at 11:37 AM #

    Am I missing the balance of sugar and butter?

    • February 13, 2015 at 12:43 PM #

      I double checked and the ingredients are correct 🙂

  7. Linda
    February 13, 2015 at 1:09 PM #

    Guess it’s me. I read 1/3 cup melted butter and 1 cup Brown sugar but my ingredients say 2/3 cup butter and 2 cups Brown sugar. I didn’t know where to add the difference. Am I reading this incorrectly?

    • February 13, 2015 at 2:15 PM #

      2/3 cup butter and 2 cups brown sugar is correct!

  8. February 13, 2015 at 1:48 PM #

    Very festive…perfect for the little ones

  9. Linda
    February 13, 2015 at 2:47 PM #

    If you look in instructions, it reads differently. Sorry, guess I should have known.

    • February 13, 2015 at 4:22 PM #

      Strange. I looked several times and it is listed correctly on my site. Sorry! I have no idea what’s going on.

  10. February 13, 2015 at 3:45 PM #

    Oh my! O? That’s nuts! I’ll think warm thoughts for you. Although I’m a little jealous because we hardly ever get to see snow! These blondies look amazing too!

  11. February 13, 2015 at 10:57 PM #

    I love using brown sugar in my cookies. It makes them so soft and delicious…yum!

  12. February 14, 2015 at 9:46 AM #

    I’m ready for this winter to be done too…but a batch of these delicious goodies will warm things up! 🙂 These are perfect for Valentine’s Day!

  13. February 14, 2015 at 12:45 PM #

    These look great! M&Ms are so yummy in baked goods. I hope you’re staying warm and having a lovely Valentine’s Day. 🙂

  14. February 14, 2015 at 4:13 PM #

    Oh man, it’s freezing here, too. It’s been white out conditions for most of the day, too…perfect for cuddling inside with a batch of these scrumptious blondies, though!

  15. February 14, 2015 at 8:41 PM #

    Your blondies look so delicious, they are V-Day perfection 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  16. February 15, 2015 at 3:09 AM #

    Simply damn delicious sweetbites blondies!!!
    Dedy@Dentist Chef

  17. February 15, 2015 at 1:36 PM #

    I mean I do love chocolate but I actually might like brown sugar a little better! Shh don’t tell anyone! Can’t wait to try these!

  18. February 15, 2015 at 8:54 PM #

    I can’t get over how much snow you all are getting!! It’s insane.

    These bars sound so so good!

  19. February 16, 2015 at 12:24 PM #

    What a sweet Valentine’s Day treat! I love your photo with the treats in a heart shape!

  20. February 17, 2015 at 11:32 PM #

    So sorry I missed these before Valentine’s Day, Ashley! They are just perfect for the caramel lover, like me. I adore Blondies of all kinds. There’s nothing like that chewy, buttery, brown sugary goodness! Our high is expected to be just 7 degrees tomorrow here in Indy. So, we’re not that much warmer down here. Keep warm, my friend!

  21. February 18, 2015 at 10:26 AM #

    I love that picture with the m&m heart. So cute! Blondies are definitely one of my favorite desserts. Oh, and this weather is terrible. I just want spring to come.

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