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Pumpkin Toffee Blondies

 

 

I have to admit: I’ve been cheating.

Not on Jessie! I wouldn’t dream of it, and frankly I’m not sure how I could even catch a guy when I spent 100% of my free time at home or in Forever 21. Not exactly breeding grounds for romantic trysts.

I’m cheating… on my grocery store.

It’s been going on for about 3 weeks now, and I have to say, I actually feel mildly guilty.

I used to wake up at 6am to go grocery shopping at Walmart because they have unbeatable prices, I can always find what I’m looking for, and there are some friendly people who work there on Friday mornings. Plus, I have a fave cashier who rocks.

But the past few times I’ve gone, I haven’t seen my Walmart buddies or my fave cashier. I’ve been stuck with THE WORST cashiers known to man.

Hint: you can’t throw every single canned good on the belt into one bag. Or eggs with meat. It’s an unwritten rule, yo.

And also, mister, you have a Wolverine haircut. I hope you know you’re not Wolverine. He does not exist. Now trim your sideburns.

Frankly, I got so sick of putting up with Walmart’s pishposh that I decided to stray for a bit and test the waters at Winco. I have to say.. I’m liking it so far. Cheap, quiet, and nice checkers, albeit I have to bag my own groceries but thankfully, I am aware of bagging rules of the world.

But when I think of Walmart, I get a pang of guilt like maybe I should go back and say hi, for old-times sake, or try going back this week to see if maybe, just maybethings have changed and I can restore hope once again. But then I think of sexy Winco and I get all excited. Bulk bins. Specialty cheeses. Shasta soda. Winco, I know it’s early in our relationship but I think I frigging love you.

So anyways, while my mind and heart are in conflict between two stores, I did what any guilty love triangle participant would do and baked some blondies. Okay, so most love triangle participants probably don’t bake blondies and probably aren’t in love with grocery stores but WHATEVER. It’s my blog and I write the rules, capiche?

These are Pumpkin Toffee Blondies to get you all pumped for fall. Are you pumped yet? Good.

Get ready for a love square.

Pumpkin Toffee Blondies*adapted from my White Chocolate Caramel Cashew Cookie Blondies recipe

2/3 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 bag pumpkin spice Hershey Kisses, unwrapped
3/4 cup toffee baking bits

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease an 8×8″ baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.
2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar together. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes. Stir in the vanilla and eggs, one at a time. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt and stir until a dough has formed. Lastly, stir in the Hershey kisses.
3. Spread the mixture into your prepared pan. Sprinkle the top evenly with the toffee bits. Bake for approx. 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out mostly clean. Cool completely.
4. Cut blondies into squares. Store leftovers airtight, at room temperature, up to 2 days. Can be served at room temperature or warm.

I love that the pumpkin flavor is there but not too powerful; it pairs beautifully with the brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice. The buttery and crunchy toffee also offers a nice texture to the soft and gooey blondies. As usual, I prefer my blondies sliiightly underbaked for the best, gooeiest flavor evah.

Enjoy!

xo, Hayley

 

 

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  1. they look awesome and I cheat on my main groc store sometimes because my 2nd choice groc store is walking distance from my house whereas the one I prefer, i have to drive to, even though it’s only 5 mins, you just can’t beat walking when you need like 1 thing..to be blondies with!

  2. I used to cheat on my grocery store too, until I switched! Now I’m faithful! I understand how you feel. There’s a comfort using the same checker who doesn’t judge you on the strange collection of items in your cart! There’s nothing strange about your pumpkin tofffee blondes, mind you! These DO make me ready for fall! Love pumpkin and toffee together!

  3. haha! Posted something similar today :)

    PS- I LOOOOOOOOVE winco. Omg. I’m so sad we don’t have winco out here– we had just BARELY had our first UT Winco built when we moved! Just long enough for me to be hooked, and then I had to move :(

  4. I could never be faithful to one grocery store. I’m having a love affair with like 5 different places. These look fab!

  5. i’ve been cheating on my one true love.. Target.. .and going to Walmart quite often recently! I save so much on butter and chocolate. :) I haven’t tried the pumpkin kisses yet! They are perfect in blondies. I prefer my blondies underbaked as well!

  6. Since I live within 10 minutes of about seven different stores that have grocery departments, I guess you could say I have more a “fling” relationship with mine! ;) These blondies. . .pretty sure my stomach started growling when I read the description!

  7. These pumpkin blondies sound so good!

  8. Just wanted to say iIlove Winco too the bulk bins are amazing anyplace you can buy sprinkles in bulk wins me over. Also I have to say I love your blog I have pinned almost everything you make since joining Pinterest. The other day I was with my friend Lea and you came up I knew you lived in Rocklin and was shocked to find out she actually knows you!! Then was even more shocked to find out your Jessie is the Jessie I know. My Hubby and him were best friends all through childhood! Such a small small world!!!

  9. I’m pretty fickle about where I get my groceries–I’ve got 3 megastores within 2 miles of my house. However, we do NOT have a Winco, Trader Joe’s or a Whole Foods in my town. It’s totally unfair. I suppose I could make myself feel better about it and make some of these blondies, because there’s really nothing better than a pumpkin baked good–especially when it has pumpkin kisses in it. :-)

    • Awh man, I love all three of those stores! I’d totally cry if I didn’t have them, even though I don’t visit TJ’s as often (it’s further) or Whole Foods (eek, kind of expensive), I still love ‘em. Don’t worry, I’m sure you’ll get your fix when we visit Austin :)

  10. The pumpkin Hershey kisses might be my all time favorite! I’d love to find some recipes to try, and this one sounds great! I’m going to try Pumpkin Kiss Puppy Chow this week too. What a fun way to welcome fall!

  11. Have you had the checker who rests his stomach on the scale? Like, dude, I don’t want to pay for an extra 50 lb of apples, thankyouverymuch. *Shudder* LOVE these blondies, I neeeeeed to get those kisses!!!!

  12. These blondies look incredible! Pumpkin and toffee sounds like a sinfully good flavor combination!

  13. Two different candies in one bar??? That’s my kind of treat! I love the combination of pumpkin and toffee also!

  14. Yum! These look delicious!

  15. Haha I love the way that you write. I know how you feel about loyalty to a supermarket and having favourite cashiers! These look yummy I will have to try them!

  16. I love a great blondie and the pumpkin spice kisses sound perfect here – I need to get my hands on a bag!

  17. I have not seen these kisses, but you can bet that I am on the hunt for them now. Must make these. Thanks for sharing.

  18. I’m definitely a grocery store playa. I like to think it keeps them all on their toes =p

  19. I know I’ll probably have to toss out my woman card after saying this, but I would totally take a blondie over a chocolate brownie any day. And if it’s got pumpkin and toffee in it there’s not even a question. Chocolate brownie move over…there’s a new square in town!

    • Courtney, you’re my kinda girl. And I think I lost my woman card when I put on cologne today but whatever, that’s neither here nor there. Blondies rule my soul over brownies and chocolate anyday, so we can be blondie-loving pseudo woman bandits together.

  20. i only go to one grocery store cause it’s a block away and it’s wegmans and i’m so thrilled that that is my grocery store – it’s seriously the best!! i hate baggers though that don’t know how to bag. like throwing bread at the bottom and throwing canned goods on top. you get home and you’re like MY BREAD?! haha..these pumpkin toffee blondies would definitely make up for my sad bread :)

    • Ugh, that’s SO ME!! The ones at Walmart thoroughly enjoy stacking ALL the cans and bottles together so the bag weighs like, 604 pounds. Or crush my bread or eggs. At least you have a grocery store you like–it makes the world go round.

  21. Hey!! WINCO is employee owned, so feel way better about shopping there over Walmart!

  22. I am always on the lookout for new recipes using toffee bits. I can’t get enough of those things!! I shared it in my Pumpkin Round Up on my blog today! :) http://shariblogs.com/35-pumpkin-dessert-recipes/

  23. I just posted my version of these on my blog :) Thanks for the great recipe!!

    http://sophiasbaking.blogspot.com/2013/11/toffee-topped-pumpkin-blondies.html

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