Carmel Corn Blondies

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This blondies recipe is a spook-tackular addition to your Halloween table or fall party. Piled high with rich and crispy carmel corn, it satisfies both the need for freshly-made baked goods and bold CRUNCH.

I’ve always loved Halloween.

When I was little, my mother would sew the most elaborate costumes. She would spend weeks stitching, and in some cases, hand painting parts of our costumes for one glorious night of spooky fun. One year she made my brother a meticulously detailed E.T. costume, down to the last wrinkle and glowing finger.

Once we were dressed in our homemade garb, she would give us an approving smile with a twinkle in her eye. She was as proud of our costumes as we were.

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Then we would set off through the neighborhood, gathering goodies from all our friends. Although I enjoyed the traditional wrapped candies, I always secretly hoped that one of our neighbors would give us homemade carmel corn, the end-all of Halloween treats, as far as I was concerned.

Carmel Corn is still one of my favorite fall treats, and this year I decided to put it on a pedestal.

Literally. An edible pedestal made from a blondies recipe.

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This Carmel Corn Blondies Recipe has it all. Tender butterscotch blondies with crisp edges are adorned with a towering mound of salty sweet carmel corn.

These look impressive on platters or cake stands and make great edible gifts.

The blondies recipe is made in muffin tins, so that as they bake the sides rise and get crispy. Then as they cool, the centers sink, creating a well to hold the carmel corn.

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The carmel corn tops are made from my easy microwave carmel corn recipe. You simply pour the ingredients in a large paper grocery bag, shake, and nuke.

While the carmel corn was still warm I pressed it into palm-sized mounds and placed them on the blondie bases. Finally I made a light “sugar glue” to secure any loose corn and fuse the mounds to the blondies.

These blondies are fun to make and even more fun to eat!

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Yield: 16-18

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Carmel Corn Blondies Recipe

Ingredients:

For the Blondies Recipe:
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
3/4 cup butterscotch chips

For the Microwave Carmel Corn:
2 quarts popped popcorn (about 1/3 cup kernels)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
2 Tb. corn syrup
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. baking soda

For the Sugar Glue:
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup water
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tb. butter

Directions:

For the Blondies Recipe: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour muffins tins and set aside.

In a large bowl, combined the flour, baking soda and salt. In a smaller microwave safe bowl, melt the butter. Once the butter is melted whisk in the sugar, eggs and vanilla.

Combine the wet and dry ingredients in the large bowl and stir in the white chocolate and butterscotch baking chips.

Scoop the batter into 16-18 muffin tins and bake for 20-25 minutes. Once cooled, run a sharp knife around the edges and lift each blondie out.

For the Carmel Corn: Place the popcorn in a large paper grocery bag.

Place the brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, salt and vanilla in a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes. Stir, then microwave another 2 minutes.

Immediately stir in the baking soda and pour in the bag, over the popcorn. Fold the top over a couple times and shake well.

Place the bag in the microwave and cook for 1 minute. Shake the bag vigorously again and microwave for 1 more minute.

Rip the bag open. Using wax paper to protect your hands press the carmel corn into 16-18 clumps to same size as the blondies.

Place a clump on top of each blondie and arrange any loose pieces.

Finally Place the ingredients for the sugar glue in a small microwave safe bowl and microwave for 3-4 minutes, until clear, but the consistency of school glue.

Quickly drizzle the hot sugar glue over the tops of each carmel corn blondie, SPARINGLY. You just want barely enough sugar glue to hold the corn together and secure them to the blondies.

Cool and keep in an air-tight container.

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44 Responses to “Carmel Corn Blondies”

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    Katarina — September 27, 2012 @ 3:34 am

    Ohh, these are a great treat! YUMMY!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — September 27, 2012 @ 4:21 am

    These are so fun! Love this idea!

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    Belinda @zomppa — September 27, 2012 @ 4:38 am

    Ooooooo spooky and awesome!! Love the popcorn touch.

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — September 27, 2012 @ 5:35 am

    I am all about 2 desserts in one! This sounds so yummy!

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — September 27, 2012 @ 6:02 am

    I must admit, I’m not always into caramel corn, because I’m weird. :-) But I can’t imagine that these blondies are anything but phenomenal!

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    RavieNomNoms — September 27, 2012 @ 6:07 am

    This is SUCH a cute idea!! How perfect for Fall time!

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — September 27, 2012 @ 6:09 am

    Ooooooo…love the caramel corn treat topper!! Fun!!

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    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — September 27, 2012 @ 6:30 am

    These are so fun, Sommer!!!

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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — September 27, 2012 @ 7:21 am

    Those are incredible looking! I’m with Shelly…two desserts in one is an awesome way to go!!!

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    Cassie — September 27, 2012 @ 8:00 am

    I have a big soft spot for blondies. Add caramel and my diet is shot. These are so great, Sommer!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — September 27, 2012 @ 8:07 am

    OK when i first saw the post title i was all set to talk about how i don’t actually like caramel corn (like the candy) and THEN I READ THE POST and i think i’m going to be dreaming about these for the rest of my life. they look amazing and i would TOTALLY love them!

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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — September 27, 2012 @ 8:14 am

    I’m in love with this whole recipe, but caramel corn in the microwave?! Oh, I know what I’m going to be eating for dessert every night for the next month…

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    • Sommer — September 27th, 2012 @ 8:54 am

      I know Kiersten, the microwave carmel corn is TROUBLE! …A little TOO easy to make.

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    Shaina — September 27, 2012 @ 8:55 am

    This is genius. Blondies have that same flavor profile as caramel corn, so why not put them together?

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — September 27, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    what a fun idea Sommer! super creative!

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    Aggie — September 27, 2012 @ 10:31 am

    What awesome memories of your mom making your costumes, fun. And speaking of fun…this is dessert is amazing Sommer!! I want one right now!

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    Kathy - Panini Happy — September 27, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

    Mmmm…I *just* bought a bag of butterscotch chips yesterday. Definitely feels like the right time of year for it! These look so yummy. :-)

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    Kate@Diethood — September 27, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

    These are so freakin’ cool! Genius idea!

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    Anita at Hungry Couple — September 27, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

    Ooh, these are so cute. And I love Halloween! :)

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    Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking — September 27, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

    these look like tons of fun! the kids will go crazy over them

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — September 27, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

    These are so fun, I love the caramel corn topping!

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    Barbara | Creative Culinary — September 27, 2012 @ 1:17 pm

    What Heather said? Me too…I know I know I risk being ostracized from Halloween but I just can not stand that candy! This? Blondies with attitude? Could love.

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — September 27, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

    Genius! These are so fun!

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    Colette @ JFF! — September 27, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    Ok, those are just too cute.

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    Jen @ Savory SImple — September 27, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

    I am loving these!

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    Meghan — September 27, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

    I have a thing for blondies & these are so much fun!!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 27, 2012 @ 5:57 pm

    Okay, these are just too darn cute! The kiddies would absolutely love these!

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    sweetsugarbelle — September 27, 2012 @ 6:42 pm

    You totally knocked this one out of the park! LOOKS AMAZING!

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    Natasha — September 27, 2012 @ 7:12 pm

    I love the caramel corn frosting-esque. So cute!

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    Colleen, The Smart Cookie Cook — September 27, 2012 @ 7:50 pm

    I’d love to have these at my Halloween table. What a smart and delicious idea!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — September 27, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

    I love caramel corn too! These are so great!

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    Jeanette — September 28, 2012 @ 6:13 am

    I used to sew my kids Halloween costumes when they were young too – although not quite as elaborate as your mom – wow, an ET costume, I am impressed! What a fun Halloween treat this is! I’d never think to make microwave caramel corn.

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    Paula - bell'alimento — September 28, 2012 @ 7:30 am

    Loving all the Halloween Treats!

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    Ashley - Baker by Nature — September 29, 2012 @ 11:11 am

    This is so creative! And combines two of my favorite treats… um, you rock!

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    Lisa | With Style and Grace — September 29, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

    Ah-mazing! Love the combination of blondie and carmel corn – never would have thought to do that. You’re so creative :)

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