It all started when I was driving home from a doctor’s appointment. To get home, I pass a very busy park — always swarming with kiddie soccer games, moms’ pushing strollers and the like. It also happens to be near Dorothy’s house. Remember? We’re neighbors 🙂
Anywhooo, as I drove by I happened to notice a familiar face: the distinct face of Dorothy’s dog, Ginger. If you don’t know, Ginger is a hugely fluffy Golden Retriever with an adorable white face and a little white spot on her eyeball — a birthmark that makes her stand out. And her face is naturally curved into a smile, making her noticeable in a pack of doggies. However, Ginger was being walked by some young girl, probably fourteen, whom I figured was maybe Dorothy’s neighbor or a dog-walker or something — not uncommon to see in my ‘hood.
So we’re on the same page, here is a photo of Ginger:
And here is a picture of the dog I saw being walked by a fourteen year old in our neighborhood:
So naturally, I do what any 22 year old would do in this situation. I rolled down my car window and shouted “GINGER!!!” at the top of my lungs. The girl jerked her head up and stared at me like a newborn deer in headlights. I waved frantically as the girl and dog stared at me, clearly petrified out of their freakin’ skulls. So, like anyone would do in this situation, I continued to shout, “Hi Ginger!!” and wave like a freaking tool.
After a few seconds of the girl briskly walking away like a bat out of hell, my mind quickly informed me that I needed to explain this awkward situation. So, like anyone would do under these circumstances of frightening a young child on the side of the road in front of a busy park of people staring at me, I shouted back, “it’s okay, I’m Dorothy’s friend!” and drove off.
It wasn’t until I was a few yards down the road did I realize OH MY GOD WHAT THE EFF DID I JUST DO?
I felt my face go inferno-status as I drove home and immediately after parking I sent Dorothy a huge text saying, “Please apologize to that girl walking Ginger… I’m afraid I frightened her when I drove by and said hi to Ginger! She looked at me super weird and I told her I was your friend.”
To which Dorothy responded… “Ginger is home. She hasn’t been out for a walk in a few days.”
………………………… Uhhhhhhh, beg your pardon? A baking powder? WHAT THE EFF DID YOU JUST SAY?!
So baaaaasically I petrified a young child walking her family dog after screaming a strange name repeatedly at said dog, then justified my behavior by telling the terrified child that “it’s okay, I know this person you don’t know” and abruptly sped off. All of this wouldn’t have happened had Dorothy just hired a freaking dog walker! Or, um, if I wasn’t a total freaking PSYCHO.
Like I said, a case of mistaken identity gone awry. Kiiiinda like these blondie bites, except there’s nothing terrifying about these delicious nibbles. <–also, I promise never to say ‘nibbles’ again.
Since my Snickers Brownie Bites have been so popular [one of my top recipes of 2013!] I decided to change them up a bit with a white chocolate/brown sugary twist. Thus, these White Chocolate Snickers Blondie Bites were born and ermahgerd, they’re life-changing.
Snickers aren’t my favorite because of the chocolate. I don’t like chocolate nearly as much as I prefer vanilla, and blondies trump brownies any day of the week. So making these slight tweaks took those chewy, fudgy brownie bites to a whole new level of sweet, salty awesomeness. Dare I say, I like them better than their original counterpart!
*blondie recipe adapted from Averie’s Cranberry Bliss Bars
- 2 sticks butter
- 2 cups light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 (7 oz) jar marshmallow fluff/creme
- 1 pkg Kraft Caramel Bits
- ½ cup unsalted peanuts, roughly chopped
- 1 pkg white chocolate Candiquik
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9" baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Mist the foil lightly with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a large microwaveable bowl, melt the butter -- about 1-1 & ½ minutes. Let the butter cool for a minute or two, then stir in the brown sugar, whisking it together to combine with a fork or rubber spatula.
- Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk to combine. Lastly, stir in the flour, baking soda, and salt until a thick batter forms. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan and bake for approx. 20 minutes or until the edges begin to pull away from the pan slightly and the top is set and golden brown. Cool completely.
- In a medium bowl, fold together the peanut butter and marshmallow fluff until combined and consistent. Spread the mixture evenly onto the surface of the blondies. This is best done with a very well greased rubber spatula or off-set spatula.
- Meanwhile, in a microwaveable bowl, melt the caramel bits according to package directions. I like to stir in a little milk to keep things smooth during the melting process. Once the caramel is smooth & melted, pour it evenly over the marshmallow layer, spreading as close to the edges as you can.
- Immediately after spreading the caramel, sprinkle on the peanuts. Press the peanuts gently into the caramel with your hand or a rubber spatula to help them stick. Let the bars sit for about 20 minutes for the ingredients to set and the caramel to cool.
- Once set, cut the bars into 1" size squares. After cutting, melt the Candiquik according to package directions until smooth & melted. Dip the tops of the Snickers bars into the white chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Place the blondie bites onto a wax-paper lined wire rack to set. Serve!
These are easily one of my new favorite recipes! I LOVE the chewy, aromatic brown sugar & vanilla blondie base. It pairs so well with the sweet and salty marshmallow “nougat” and the layers of smooth, buttery caramel. These bars are totally for those who enjoy different textures — gooey, sticky, chewy, crunchy .. they have it all & then some. A definite must-try for any Snickers fans, blondie fans… well, anyone 🙂
Have a delicious day!