Salted Caramel Milky Way Blondies
One day I will learn not to procrastinate and I will write these blog posts before 11pm on a Sunday. The earlier I write them during the day, the wittier they are. Tonight I’m feeling a little more nostalgic. I was sitting on my couch tonight watching the Golden Globes just thinking about how lucky I am to have great friends and I was lucky enough to get to spend a lot of time this weekend with a whole bunch of different friends. Thursday night I had vino and a fried fluffernutter (yes, really) with my friend Sarah. Friday night I met up with my old roommate Steph for a post-work drink and then shared some wine and apps with my new roomie Colleen. Saturday I grabbed beers with Lauren and Jenny. I met my friend Sarah and her dog Luna for an early morning walk today and then spent the afternoon walking by the water with my friend Ashley and getting sushi, to be followed up with some couch time with my other friend Sarah. Sometimes I get really caught up with the stresses of work or frustrating boy drama, but it’s always nice to take a step back, get a little perspective and appreciate the friendships around you. It’s definitely not something to take for granted ever.
Anyways, enough of that sappiness for a Sunday … if this was the golden globes that “wrap it up” light would be flashing telling me enough with the life commentary and onto the cookies! I was browsing the kitchen today looking for a good cookie ingredient. In the freezer I found 5 frozen milky way bars leftover from Halloween candy donations, and felt ambitious to whip up some salted caramel sauce as well.
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 2 cups light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 bag chocolate chips
- 5 milky way bars, frozen
For the Caramel sauce:
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 6 tsp cold butter
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 8×8 inch baking dish with non-stick spray. I think if you had enough milky way pieces, these would be better in a 13×9 pan.
Step 2: In a medium saucepan on the stove over low heat melt the butter and sugars, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Be careful not to burn the sugar. Remove from the heat and let cool for about 10 minutes.
Step 3: Add in the eggs and vanilla extract and mix well. Sift together the dry ingredients and incorporate into the wet mixture. Add in chocolate chips and mix until incorporated.
Step 4: Take half of the batter and spread it evenly in the bottom of the baking dish. Like I mentioned earlier, I think I would recommend going with the 13×9 pan instead.
Step 5: Chop up the milky way and spread over the cookie dough.
Step 6: To make the salted caramel sauce, over medium heat put the granulated sugar in a saucepan and heat slowly constantly stirring with a whisk until it turns into an amber color. Then slowly add the butter without splattering yourself with burning sugar. Once the butter and sugar come to a boil and are well incorporated, turn the heat off and stir in the cream. I added a dash of sea salt as well. Also, make sure you use real heavy cream. I used fat free half and half and it’s just not the same.
Step 7: Once the caramel sauce is a little cool, drizzle half of it over the milky way. Yes, this seems like too much, but Sundays are about indulgence right?
Step 8: Put the remaining cookie dough on top to fully cover the milky way. Add a little sea salt on top, and bake at 350 for 40 minutes. I only did 30 minutes and I had to put it in for the 10 more.
When these come out of the oven, do your best to wait until these cool to cut into them. Drizzle a little of the salted caramel sauce on top if you are serving these right away. Luckily I have a great roomie who was willing to help be a taste tester today. I went on another 4 mile walk right after these came out of the oven since there were defiitely some calories to be burned off!
And to end a nice weekend on a really high note, I installed this privacy paper on my front door window so that people can’t look in and see all the way down my hall anymore. I think you might even call me “handy” now. Of course I did not read the instructions before opening the protective film, and it said I needed a squeege and a spray bottle with soapy water. With my “survivor” skills, I emptied a travel size bottle of hair spray and filled it with soapy water and used my Mohegan Sun player’s card as a squeege to make sure the film had no bubbles in it. Take that judgemental home depot staff.