12 January 2014

Malt Caramel Pretzel Blondies


I can't stop looking at Pinterest.  It's just straight up food porn.  Anyone who has spent any time on Pinterest knows that it is physically impossible to look for just a second.  You can't look away; you might miss something.  Of course since the beginning of the year, most of the recipes have been about being healthier, eating clean, cleansing, etc....  There have been smoothies in pretty much every color in the rainbow, healthier casseroles, lots of dips, and a handful of guilt-free snacks.   These blondies are pretty much the opposite of everything I just talked about.  They're also pretty much the opposite of how I have been eating myself.

I, much like all the folks on Pinterest, have been drinking smoothies, eating way healthier, etc....  I am quite literally counting calories.  Now for confession time.....  I constantly struggle with my weight and I mostly lose the battle.  Two years ago I got fed up and lost 75 pounds in eight months.  Last year I gained back about half of it.  And, no, I am not blaming writing a blog that is mainly about desserts on that weight gain.  I eat for comfort and I eat more when I'm stressing out.  Although, I didn't write about most of what was going on, this last year was really stress-filled.  I ate.  I ate a lot to deal.  All the eating didn't help, but I'm working on getting past that hurdle, too.


 
My husband is not on a diet, though, so I made him these blondies.  He loves anything with salt.  He's a salt junkie.  His favorite food is green olives, which are total salt bombs.  I like them, too, but only in small doses.  He could eat a whole jar in one sitting.  So these blondies have salty pretzels for him.  They also have chocolate and malted milk powder.  Those are two of his other favorite things.  Oh, and there's caramel.  Caramel makes everything better, right?  The ladies at work really dug these, too.  I literally had to hide the last piece so that I could take these pictures. 


 


One thing I did note about these is that they were about a thousand times better on the second day than on the first.  About 20 minutes after they came out of the oven they were good, but not great.  On the next day they were total slap-yer-mama, salty-sweey, ooey-gooey bombs of goodness.  So make them at night before you go to bed and then eat them the next day.  That few hours makes all the super tasty difference.


Malt Caramel Pretzel Blondies
makes about 24 blondies

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1/2 cup butter, melted and slightly cooled
1 egg
1/4 cup whipping cream
1 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup vanilla malted milk powder
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond extract
1 cup flour
2 cups pretzels, slightly crushed
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 Tbsp caramel sauce

Preheat oven to 350°.  Line a 7x10" baking dish with foil and spray with nonstick spray; set aside.  Combine the melted butter, egg, whipping cream, malted milk powder, vanilla, and almond extract and beat on medium speed for 2-3 minutes to combine well.  Add the flour and stir until just combined.  Stir in the pretzels and chocolate chips.  Spread the batter into the prepared pan.  Drizzle the batter with the caramel sauce.  Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the center is just set.  Remove from oven and let cool completely.  Cover and let sit overnight before slicing.  Store in an airtight container up to 1 week.

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