Spring Garden Malted Milk Blondies – #FillTheCookieJar

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!

 

Don’t forget to see how they are made!

First gather all your mix-ins! These are 1 cup chopped walnuts, 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips, and one 10oz bag of crushed mini robin eggs.

Spring Garden Malted Milk Blondies

Prep Time: 60 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Number of servings: 24

Per Serving 288 calories

Fat 15 g

Carbs 35 g

Protein 5 g

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Spring Garden Malted Milk Blondies

Gooey blondies filled with malted milk candies, walnuts and chocolate chips and decorated with "grass" and springtime animals.

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Prepare a 8x12x2 inch baking pan or dish by greasing with cooking spray or butter and dusting with a bit of flour.
  3. 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.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add to the butter mixture with the mixer running on low.
  5. Add the candies and nuts at once and mix on low for about 5-10 seconds, until incorporated.
  6. Carefully spread the batter into the prepared pan, pressing and smoothing the top to cover to the edges.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes. The edges will be slightly more set than the center, but a gooey bar is what you want.
  8. Cool completely in the pan and cut into 24 even bars.
  9. Using the green frosting, pipe "grass" edges around the outside of each bar. Top with a marshmallow chick or bunny. Enjoy.

Notes

You can crush the candies and nuts by placing in a ziptight bag and pounding with a meat mallet or rolling pin.

*Base blondie recipe derived from Ina Garten and can be found here.

Gobble Gobble Cookies – Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Happy Thanksgiving fellow readers!!!

What are you all doing today to celebrate?

I started my morning with a hot cup of coffee and some cookie decorating while the family slept. Since we are going to families houses for the turkey, all I had to do was pop a mac n cheese in the oven.

I made a few yummy Lemon Chiffon pies to bring along too. You can find that recipe on yesterday’s post!

I had a lot of fun baking these cookies!  For the cookies I let the dough come to room temperature and then scooped them onto an ungreased cookie sheet. I patted them down slightly and baked for 11 minutes at 350F.

I gathered these ingredients when they were completely cool and made these cuties here!!

30 oz package sugar cookie dough

192 pieces candy corn (6 per turkey)

32 peanut butter chips (1 per turkey)

white pearl sprinkles (for the eyes)

1 1/2 cans chocolate frosting (1 Tb per cookie)

Gobble Gobble!!!!

Isn’t he cute???


Even Jack wanted to try one (of course I kicked him out 😉😽)

Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy those turkeys!!🦃🦃🦃

Easy Refrigerator Playdough

Easy Refrigerator Playdough | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I have a rambunctious 4 year old with a playdough obsession. He collects playdough in every color imaginable. If he could squish it, he wants it. Manipulative objects are his thing. Heck, he even squishes and swirls his food at any given opportunity.

Easy Refrigerator Playdough | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

So of course, after his older brother decided to make literal popcorn with his last two tubs of colorful dough, I decided to make him a fresh batch of the soft stuff. I made this in high school in my Child Development class. It was always a favorite with my babysitting clients.

Easy Refrigerator Playdough | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And a big batch this makes! About the equivalent of 4 plastic containers worth! Your kids will love squishing and shaping this simple playdough and you’ll love the money you’ll save!

Easy Refrigerator Playdough | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Ingredients:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup salt
1 Tb canola oil
1 tsp cream of tarter
2 cups water
1 tsp extract (vanilla, lemon, almond-optional)
several drops food safe food coloring (optional)

Directions:
In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, combine the water, salt, oil, food coloring and extract.

Easy Refrigerator Playdough | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Stir in the flour and cream of tarter and mix until a dough forms, about 3-5 minutes.

Easy Refrigerator Playdough | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Caution: dough will be hot! Turn out on a cutting board.

Easy Refrigerator Playdough | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Knead with a dough scraper or oven gloves until smooth.

Easy Refrigerator Playdough | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Store in a zip tight bag in the refrigerator. Non-toxic.