There's nothing we love more than bringing together baking with a good cause. So we were thrilled that our founder Kristen Tomlan was invited to partner with OXO to raise awareness for Cookies for Kids' Cancer. She created candy-packed blondie bar that you can customize to match your sweet tooth for this year's Good Cookies campaign.
The best news? You can get involved too! Post on social media (a pic of your favorite sweet treat, something totally doughlicious – anything!) and include #OXOGoodCookies and OXO will donate $5 every time that # is used throughout the month of September, up to $100,000.
So whip up Kristen's recipe for Salted Candy Blondie Bars, snap a pic, post it to Insta' with #OXOGoodCookies and you've raised $5 for kids' cancer *and* a plate of DŌlightful blondies. Don't forget to tag @cookiedonyc so we can see your creations too!
Kristen Tomlan's Salted Candy Blondie Bars
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 3/8 sticks (11 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1 egg + 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups your favorite candy bar, chopped (think M&Ms, twix, Kit-Kat, Butterfinger, or a mix!)
- Flaky sea salt, like Maldon, for topping
Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 13”x9” pan with non-stick cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add the brown sugar and mix on medium until light and fluffy. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the bowl. Add the egg, yolk, and vanilla and mix until fully incorporated.
Add half of the flour mixture and mix on low just until the powdery texture of the flour disappears. Immediately add the rest of the flour mixture and mix until combined. Scrape the bowl and mix a final 15 seconds.
Remove the bowl from the mixer and use a rubber spatula to fold in 1 3/4 cups of your favorite chopped candy.
Use a rubber spatula to spread the dough in the lined pan in an even layer. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt and top with the reserved 1/4 cup candy.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the edges are golden brown and the center is lightly golden brown.
Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Slice into squares and serve!