Butterfinger Maple Bars

butterfingermapleA couple weeks ago I attended the BlogHer ’14 conference in San Jose, CA.

Since San Jose is only a couple hours from me, I drove down early and decided I would explore the city for a little bit before my friends showed up.  It wasn’t until I was down there in downtown San Jose that I realized San Jose isn’t really a hoppin’ tourist attraction and my motel was kind of in a shady area.  It wouldn’t be exploring so much as surviving if you know what I mean.

So while wandering the streets of a strange city, I happened upon a donut shop called Psycho Donuts.  First: it was a donut shop, so you know I had to stop in.  Second: it had eyeball lamps, the staff wore old-school nurse caps and they had insane donuts like ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ and ‘Dead Elvis’ which meant I had to buy a half-dozen for myself to enjoy alone.

Just so you know, people will look at you oddly when you’re sitting in a corner of a donut shop eating a half-dozen donuts by yourself.  But if you’re like me, you won’t even care.  Because donuts.  An explosion could happen right outside and I would have been eyeball-deep in my banana split donut (yes, that’s a thing!).

DSC_0051ABut one of my favorite donuts from this face-stuffing experiment in my donut-eating ability?  The Marla, a maple bar topped with crushed Butterfinger candy bars.  You wouldn’t really think to pair maple with Butterfingers together, but then again, you probably didn’t think to make chocolate donuts with red icing “blood” on them either (and that donut was good, too!).  And oh my god — this donut is life-changing, y’all.  Butterfingers and maple are soooo meant to be together, and denying them that right is kind of unconstitutional.

Just like bypassing this recipe would be really, grossly inhumane of you.  Because man, you need these donuts in your life.  I’m serious.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a date with a half-dozen donuts.


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Butterfinger Maple Bars
Recipe type: Donuts
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Serves: 6
These kickass donuts combine warm maple flavors with crushed Butterfinger candies for an exciting, delicious twist on a classic donut favorite!
  • 6 maple bars, prepared (I used some from my favorite local donut shop, but feel free to make your own if you'd like!)
  • 4 full-size Butterfinger candy bars, chopped
  • 2 squares Candiquik
  1. Microwave the maple bars for about 20 seconds or until the frosting has softened some.
  2. Gently press a handful of the crushed Butterfinger candies into the softened maple icing; set aside. Meanwhile, melt the Candiquik squares until smooth.
  3. Drizzle the Candiquik evenly over the donuts and top with more crushed Butterfinger candies. Serve immediately.

DSC_0056AThese donuts are a breeze to make — simply pick up a handful of maple bars from your favorite local donut shop and get to bedazzling with those candy bars!  They’re fun to make with the kids, too, since they can press the Butterfingers on (and lick the crumbs off their hands after!).  I made these on Sunday morning and they were gone within minutes.  They’re so addicting!

Have a fantastical day!!

xo, Hayley



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  1. Man this looks sooooo good!

  2. I love the you bought a box for yourself and ate them in the corner-my hero! I always thought donuts should be topped with candy! You are totally on to something with this!

  3. Maple and butterfinger look like a beautiful combo!

  4. all those Psycho Donuts looked SOOO GOOD! and I totally never would’ve thought about maple + butterfingers but now that you’re telling and showing me….um….YES that sounds soooo danged delicious!!!

  5. So smart to use prepared bars! That doughnut was so good. I made banana bread inspired by it, posting it next week. 🙂

  6. You can’t just buy one donut, so half a dozen makes perfect sense. These bars look amazing, and the donut shop sounds epic.

  7. I love when you stumble upon gems! Nothing beats a good donut!

  8. I love how you reference it as bedazzling a donut. Donuts are awesome, and this is a fun way to doctor up and make premade your own!

  9. Glad you survived San Jose…now you know the way. Fun Flavors, Hayley!

  10. How did I miss this???? Dorothy probably hates me because I’m pretty sure I ate most of her Marla. Why didn’t I think of just buying some at the store? Why even bother crumbling, maybe I should just layer an entire butterfinger on top of a maple bar. Oh yeah. That’s not ridiculous or anything right?? They look great Hayley!

  11. I’m supposed to be stupid dieting right now. I can’t even imagine how awesome it would be to have six amazing donuts all to myself. Maple bars are my donut dream, so these sound ridiculously incredible. I’m going to eat this.

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  13. I love all your maple recipes but what is candiquick. i’m Canadian so I have been eating maple syrup forever. and with bacon – simply heaven. going to have a party to make up with all my friends who are currently mad at me. they won’t be able to resist me with this menu. and if they are all still ticked then i’ll eat them all or make new pals. can’t lose! but please tell me what is candiqick and can I make the doughnuts without it. oh and where is it available. tah muchly. 🙂

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Hi Jaie, Candiquik is a chocolate product that melts at a much higher temperature and is less prone to seizing like regular chocolate. If you cannot find it (I usually get mine at Walmart), I would just use chocolate chips!


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