Monday, March 19, 2012

Brown Butter White Chocolate Pretzel Blondies

Once again, Target and their seasonal candy grabbed my attention just long enough for these cute little Easter-colored white chocolate M&M’s to end up in my cart.

Why do they have to tempt me with the adorable pastel colors and white chocolate.  In M&M candies.  Are you serious?  See, I am definitely not the world’s biggest chocolate fan.  Given the choice any time, I will choose Skittles, strawberries or avocado or French fries over chocolate.  I know, that’s a weird list.

I don’t hate chocolate, it’s just not my first choice.  Just a side note: Trader Joe’s dark chocolate is becoming another story.

White chocolate, which isn’t really chocolate, could be considered one of my favorites.  I have a weakness for this stuff and usually don’t even buy white chocolate chips unless I have a need for them.  Why?  Oh, because I eat them like CANDY.

So the candy creators at Mars, the brilliant folks that they are, made me feel normal about eating white chocolate from the bag.  They put it in M&M form.  Holy moly, the brilliance.  Why couldn’t I have thought of this?  They totally made me fall in love with M&M’s.  I just hope they don’t go away when Easter is over.  I’m going to need to make these blondies again.

Rich.  Nutty.  Chewy.  Crunchy.  Sweet.  Salty.  Dense.  Melt-in-your-mouth (like M&M’s are supposed to!)  The pretzels add the perfect balance to the sweet of the brown sugar and the white chocolate.  And the brown butter, oh, the brown butter adds the most perfect nuttiness that makes everything just a touch better.

You probably won’t be able to eat just one of these.  Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything.  Ahem.

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Brown Butter White Chocolate Pretzel Blondies

Yield: 24 squares

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

The chewiest blondie recipe featuring Easter-themed white chocolate M&M's, crunchy pretzels and nutty brown butter.


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup butter, browned and cooled
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, tightly packed
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 heaping cup pretzels, crushed
1 heaping cup White Chocolate M&M’s (or white chocolate chips)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 sheet pan with aluminum foil and spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk the browned butter with the brown sugar until well-blended. Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk to combine. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet using a spatula. Mix just until combined, do not overmix.

Fold in the pretzels and the white chocolate M&M’s and mix until distributed. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bake for 22-25 minutes. The top will be shiny and somewhat crackled. Remove and cool completely on a wire rack before cutting.

Cassie's Notes:
To crush the pretzels, I put them in a sandwich bag and broke them with my hands until they reached the consistency I was after.

I used the whole bag of M&M's, which is more than 1 cup, but I didn't want them left sitting around the house. The bars will full of them so feel free to use less.

See the note in this recipe for instructions on how to brown butter

You do not have to brown the butter for this recipe. If you would rather, just melt 12 tablespoons of butter and allow it to cool before using it.


62 Responses to “Brown Butter White Chocolate Pretzel Blondies”

  1. #
    Alyssa — March 19, 2012 @ 6:08 am

    Oh my goodness, these look so over the top good! When you asked what do do with these M&M’s on twitter, I thought blondies would be perfect (forgot to respond, sorry!) but I bet the pretzels and brown butter made these really to-die-for! Great recipe!!! Now I have to hunt these M&M’s down! Oh, and how I miss Target, let me count the ways….

  2. #
    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — March 19, 2012 @ 6:15 am

    Oh Target and their holiday candy…haha! I love these! The Easter colors are beautiful in them! 😀

  3. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — March 19, 2012 @ 6:22 am

    I miss Target…

    I love how spring-y these are! Spring arrived on Friday (it went from 40 to 80 degrees in a few hours) and I’m so so happy to be rid of winter. These look like the perfect way to start the season. Brown butter, M&Ms and pretzels is almost too much to stand. But I like it. 🙂

  4. #
    Kathryn — March 19, 2012 @ 6:32 am

    White chocolate M&M’s?! I need these in my life! I love the combination here with the blondie and the saltiness of the pretzels.

  5. #
    Blog is the New Black — March 19, 2012 @ 6:32 am

    YUM! So pretty, too!

  6. #
    Bev Weidner — March 19, 2012 @ 6:51 am

    Look at those!

  7. #
    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — March 19, 2012 @ 8:02 am

    Ohmygosh. I totally have a bag of springtime M&Ms sitting in my cabinet waiting to be used (not white chocolate, but a girl will take what she gets). And these blondies look to diiiie for. Happy Monday to me!

  8. #
    Cookin' Cowgirl — March 19, 2012 @ 8:23 am

    These are so cute!! I fell in love with those M&M’s back in October when they came out with them for Halloween…..I seriously ate so many the first time I opened the bag that I made myself sick. Lesson learned, NOT! 🙂

  9. #
    Young WIfey — March 19, 2012 @ 8:38 am

    Wow! This looks and sounds fantastic! I love pretzels with a lot of sweets, pretzel crust for my mousse pie, and in my icecream. This is right up my ally!

  10. #
    Cookbook Queen — March 19, 2012 @ 8:42 am

    White chocolate M&M’s what?! Must get NOW!!

    These look the pretzel/white chocolate combo!!

  11. #
    Stephanie — March 19, 2012 @ 9:02 am

    I know, those darned pastel colors just suck me in too. I made the mistake of buying a couple of bags and just leaving them in a bowl, which is right on the table behind where I sit, sooo not good!

    These look excellent! Love the the salty and sweet combo!

  12. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 19, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    I made white chocolate chip blondies too…I love that you used white choc M&Ms. Must try!

  13. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — March 19, 2012 @ 9:40 am

    Just as soon as St. Patrick’s Day ends, Easter baking begins – hurrah! These are FABULOUS, Cassie. I don’t think I’ve ever had a blondie but these are really calling my name. Great Easter treat!

  14. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — March 19, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    Oh those look SUPER

  15. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — March 19, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    Oh those look SUPER good and very fudgey!

  16. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — March 19, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    I want to hug you right now. Hooray Easter treats!

  17. #
    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — March 19, 2012 @ 11:40 am

    I love everything about this recipe. And white chocolate M&M’s, oh my! Now I need to go whip up a batch.

  18. #
    Lacy @ NYCityEats — March 19, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    Seriously?! White chocolate M&Ms!! I’m so excited — I need to find the closest Target asap! I’m a little addicted to white chocolate. These sound incredible & look so pretty with the pastel colors! Gotta try this out!

  19. #
    Tracey — March 19, 2012 @ 11:48 am

    Holy moly, that is one seriously irresistible combination of flavors!! My mom has been talking about those white chocolate M&M’s nonstop since she found them 🙂

  20. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — March 19, 2012 @ 11:58 am

    Cassie, i made a similiar browned butter blondie recipe not too long ago using pretzel m&ms! the sweet/salty pretzels with the browned butter is fantastic! 🙂

  21. #
    Erin — March 19, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

    I love my white chocolate M&Ms! I haven’t figure out what to use them for past the centers of my flower cake pops I made.

  22. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — March 19, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

    So that’s what you did with those things! I saw that tweet and I kept wondering what those little guys would turn into. I adore the pretzel addition.

  23. #
    ErinCroutons — March 19, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

    These are adorable! And I’m sure delish. 🙂

  24. #
    Anna @ the shady pine — March 19, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

    I love that you’ve used pretzels in these….so original!

  25. #
    Angelyn — March 19, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

    These look amazingly delicious!!

  26. #
    Erin — March 19, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

    These look amazing! You know I am sucker for blondies. Going to have to go to Target right away!

  27. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — March 19, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

    Those blondies look and sound amazing!! The texture is perfection.

  28. #
    Liz — March 19, 2012 @ 6:20 pm

    How did I not know about white chocolate M&Ms???? These bars look amazing, Cassie! Pinning 🙂

  29. #
    My Inner Chick — March 19, 2012 @ 6:30 pm

    –My Butt just got a BIT larger!!! WOW, these look superb.

  30. #
    Ashley@BakerbyNature — March 19, 2012 @ 7:09 pm

    I’ll be dreaming in white chocolate M&M’s tonight!

  31. #
    Ramona — March 19, 2012 @ 7:26 pm

    How fun and festive!! I love that you put pretzel in them! Have a great week. 🙂

  32. #
    Chels R — March 19, 2012 @ 7:44 pm

    Oh Lord does this look delicious!

  33. #
    Alison @ ingredients, Inc. — March 19, 2012 @ 8:52 pm

    omg these look SO good!!

  34. #
    Baking Serendipity — March 19, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

    I have a big-time white chocolate addition too! But really…I’m just obsessed with whatever seasonal m&m is out. Love your blondies!

  35. #
    Deborah — March 19, 2012 @ 11:43 pm

    I have been able to resist those m&ms so far, but now I don’t know how much longer I’m going to be able to – these sound amazing!

  36. #
    DessertForTwo — March 20, 2012 @ 12:07 am

    I wish I never knew that they made white chocolate M&Ms. Now I must have some!

  37. #
    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — March 20, 2012 @ 7:27 am

    They make white chocolate M&M’s? I am in big trouble…

  38. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — March 20, 2012 @ 8:57 am

    You and I share the same feelings about chocolate – I don’t hate it either but it’s definitely not my first choice of candy or something I’d put in a baked good. But when it comes to white chocolate – man oh man I love it!

    Anyway, these blondies look so great. I loved that you used the seasonal m&ms. It’s so festive of Easter!

  39. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — March 20, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    I need these in my life right now. Pleaseeeeee. God, this is amazing haha

  40. #
    Katie — March 20, 2012 @ 9:15 am

    Yes please! These look amazing and anything with M&M’s in my book are awesome.

  41. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — March 20, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    oh my goodness, these sound absolutely delicious! + so pretty + springy with the pastel M&Ms.

  42. #
    Maureen — March 20, 2012 @ 11:00 am

    So much goodness packed in a bar 🙂

  43. #
    shelly (cookies and cups) — March 20, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

    Yes please! These look fantastic! I am of the firm belief that browned butter makes everything better.

  44. #
    Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — March 20, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

    I just love brownies, and usually prefer them plain and simple. The addition of pretzels looks like a fantastic idea, though! I wonder how they would be with the mix-ins just spread over the top? Great recipe, thanks!

  45. #
    leslie — March 20, 2012 @ 7:36 pm

    I bet these are amazing!!!! Anything brown butter has mine name all all over it!

  46. #
    Ann — March 20, 2012 @ 7:43 pm

    The pretzels in them is absolutely brilliant! BRAVO – I’ll take about 4 of them with a tall glass of cold milk!

  47. #
    Nami | Just One Cookbook — March 20, 2012 @ 11:23 pm

    Among all the M&Ms, Easter version is my favorite and your blondies look so cute! But pretzels in it? Wow what a creative recipe. I recently learned what’s brown butter too. Yummy!!

  48. #
    Baker Street — March 21, 2012 @ 5:04 am

    adding pretzels just makes these perfect.

  49. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — March 21, 2012 @ 10:43 pm

    I am sitting in bed drooling over this recipe right now! And it is so fun and festive!

  50. #
    alex — March 22, 2012 @ 10:27 pm

    yum! these look almost too pretty to eat…almost.

  51. #
    Ali — March 31, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

    Oh, I can’t wait to make this one. yum!

  52. #
    Nikki — November 25, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

    Hey there, I had this fantastic idea to make blondies or some kind of moist and chewy cookie bar using misty mints/pastel mints in place of chocolate chips… so you think this recipe base would work well with that?


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