Spring has sprung! And so have my treats! Yes, I’ve been a little quiet for awhile, adjusting to working remotely from home and accommodating the kiddos all day long.
I’ve also been on an awesome fitness journey and was trying to avoid treats like these. But I do have many healthy ones to share and to come. I’ve even been doing weekly meal preps! You can check them out on my Instagram page!
I figured what better time to pop back in than the beginning of the month for Fill the Cookie Jar! I love these ones! My kids get some goodies and I get to create in the kitchen. Everyone is winning here!
So anyways, I ran into a recipe on Facebook the other day for some *chocolate chunk blondies and the idea of filling them with crushed Robin Eggs popped in my head. You know those malted milk balls coated in a candy shell that come out around Easter? When I was a kid, I used to lick the candies and then rub them on my lips for a colorful pastel and sweet lip color. Anybody else do the same? (Shh, I still do!)
So spinning off the colorful candies, I wanted to top these bars with a cute garden of springtime animals. Aren’t these Marshmallow Peeps adorable?
I have to give credit to Wilton’s awesome frosting pouches too! So convenient! These bars are sinfully sweet, so make sure you grab some milk. You can really taste the malted milk from the candies and they really give it that extra addictive chewiness. They are also filled with gooey chocolate chips and buttery walnuts.
When you bite into these, make sure you eat it with the marshmallow. (My kids, being kids, ate their peeps first, haha.) But the marshmallow really gives it a great texture combination. Love it!!!
So, so, so good! Give them a whirl.
I had to stash a tray of these in the freezer for Easter. I can’t wait to share them with the family!
And in case you are looking for more Spring cookies and bars, check out these other treats from my friends over at Fill the Cookie Jar!
- Blueberry/Lemon Macaroons by A Day In The Life On The Farm
- Carrot Oatmeal Cookies by Join Us Pull Up A Chair
- Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chips Cookies by Making Miracles
- Chocolate Chip Bunny Cookie Pops by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Honeybee Cookies by Palatable Pastime
- Koulourakia by That Recipe
- Lemon Butter Cookies by Marlys This and That
- Loaded Oreo M&M Cookie Bars by Jolene’s Recipe Journal
- No Bake Bird’s Nest Cookies by Making Memories with your Kids
Don’t forget to see how they are made!
Spring Garden Malted Milk Blondies
Prep Time: 60 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Number of servings: 24
Gooey blondies filled with malted milk candies, walnuts and chocolate chips and decorated with "grass" and springtime animals.
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup light brown sugar, packed lightly
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 10 ounce bag mini robin eggs, malted milk balls, crushed
- 1 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1 pouch Wilton green frosting fitted with piping tip
- 24 marshmallow peeps, chicks or bunnies or both
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Prepare a 8x12x2 inch baking pan or dish by greasing with cooking spray or butter and dusting with a bit of flour.
- Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, cream the butter and both sugars on high until light and fluffy. With the mixer on low, add the vanilla, then the eggs, one at a time. Mix well, scraping the bowl occasionally.
- In a small bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add to the butter mixture with the mixer running on low.
- Add the candies and nuts at once and mix on low for about 5-10 seconds, until incorporated.
- Carefully spread the batter into the prepared pan, pressing and smoothing the top to cover to the edges.
- Bake for 30 minutes. The edges will be slightly more set than the center, but a gooey bar is what you want.
- Cool completely in the pan and cut into 24 even bars.
- Using the green frosting, pipe "grass" edges around the outside of each bar. Top with a marshmallow chick or bunny. Enjoy.
*Base blondie recipe derived from Ina Garten and can be found here.