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Every holiday has something about it that’s just my favorite. For Halloween, it’s the atmosphere and spirit. For Christmas, it’s the overall warm, fuzzy feelings and the day itself. For Valentine’s Day, it’s the decorations and colors. For Easter, it’s the time of year and the candy. I love spring and I love candy. Springy Easter candy is unmatched. Even if I just hear the word “chocolate egg”, I salivate like Pavlov’s dog. It’s powerful. I’m a huge believer in Easter Egg Hunts and spring pastels. I guess it’s the child in me. I guess it’s the photographer in me. I guess it’s the mother in me. I guess it’s the baker in me now too.
Basically, BUTTERFINGER® products are my favorite because they are delicious and have no artificial colors and flavors, and added colors are from natural sources. My family shares the same love so I decided to make a special dessert for our upcoming Easter with one set of grandparents coming over. Des came with me to Walmart to shop for our ingredients.
First of all, these are as good as they sound. Blondies are good, but add the delicate yet worthwhile browned butter mixture? It knocks blondies out of the park. Then you add BUTTERFINGER® Cup Eggs, with their smooth and crunchy taste, and you awaken all taste senses. THEN, you add the ice cream mixture you made out of soft vanilla ice cream and BUTTERFINGER® NestEggs to make the best blondies à la mode ever. It’s the perfect Easter party or dessert recipe to please everyone.
Brown Butter BUTTERFINGER® Cup Eggs Blondies à la mode
What You Need:
2 sticks (or 1 cup) of unsalted butter.
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 generous teaspoon of salt
2 large eggs
4 teaspoons of (organic if possible) vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup of dark or light brown sugar
1 cup of chopped BUTTERFINGER® Cup Eggs
1 scoop of vanilla ice cream
1 cup of chopped BUTTERFINGER® NestEggs
What You Do:
1. The first part is the hardest! Browning butter is a delicate process and even ten seconds over time can mean a burned batch in the garbage. I had Cassidy help me because he’s something of a “Browned Butter Expert.” Put the two sticks of butter in a medium-sized saucepan. Turn the heat to medium or so. Swirl it around as it foams and spatters. It will get a white foamy coating that will then disappear. After about 3-5 minutes, the butter will smell nutty. You’ll know it’s ready because it will have little brown bits start to drop to the bottom of the pan as you stir. This is exciting! Pour the butter into a large bowl and cool completely. I set a timer for 30 minutes.
2. In the meantime, preheat oven to 350° F. Prepare an 8 by 8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil.
3. Whisk together your flour and salt. In a second bowl, whisk together your eggs and vanilla.
4. After 30 minutes, add your brown sugar to the cooled browned butter. Mix with a wooden spoon for 1-2 minutes.
5. Add the egg and vanilla mixture into the new browned butter/brown sugar mixture. Stir until combined, for 30 seconds.
6. Add the flour and salt mixture to the new browned butter/brown sugar/egg/vanilla mixture. Stir until there are still some flour pockets visible. Add the chopped up BUTTERFINGER® Cup Eggs. Stir or use a stand mixer until you can’t see any more flour, but don’t over-mix. Use a spatula or spoon to get your dough into the lined baking pan and spread it evenly.
7. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Look for golden/slightly-browned edges and a soft center. It will cool for awhile.
8. Mix your chopped BUTTERFINGER® NestEggs into vanilla ice cream and scoop onto your cooled blondies. Enjoy!
Five of My Favorite Baking Shortcuts!
1. Have pieces of eggshell in your batter? Wet your finger before pulling out the pieces and they will gravitate to your finger.
2. To soften brown sugar, you can put it in a microwave-safe dish, cover with a damp paper towel, and microwave on high for 20-second intervals. You can also heat the oven to 300 and place the brown sugar in there for five minutes in a baking dish.
3. One of my favorite ways to make whipped cream is to shake heavy cream in a mason jar, rather than beating/whipping it!
4. Are you out of frosting for your cupcakes? If you place a large marshmallow on each cupcake at five minutes until the timer is due to ring, the marshmallows will melt like a delicious S’mores topping. They look very cool too!
5. You can also decorate cookies, cupcakes and cake with sprinkles and cookie cutters. It will look great!