While it may be mid-August, my baking brain is already shifting toward fall. I find myself thinking about pears and apples and all of those warm, comforting desserts that I love.
And caramel! Lots of warm, gooey caramel. Please tell me I’m not alone!
As I’ve been trying to balance the fact that it’s still summer with my longing for all things fall, I thought these blondies-slash-cupcakes would be the perfect transition. They have that small, portable, picnic-y feel to them that makes them a great summer choice. But, they also have plenty of nuts and a nice swirl of gooey caramel, which always makes me think of fall.
Another mark in the plus column for these blondies is their great sweet and salty flavor. We all know how much I love sweet and salty desserts, and these blondies are no exception. I incorporated salted nuts into the batter and then topped each blondie with a salty, crunchy pretzel. If you’re feeling especially salty, you can even sprinkle a little coarse salt over the top of each one before you bake them.
These little guys are a great grab-and-go sweet snack. Baking them in muffin pans as opposed to in a rectangular pan gives the simplicity of single serving, no cutting involved dessert. Of course, if you prefer to make these in more traditional bar form, they will work just as well. Just follow the suggestions I made in the recipe for adapting them.
I just love the flavors in these blondies. And, they’re so soft and chewy, too. If you’re a fan of all things nutty, caramel-y, sweet, salty, and all-out delicious, then you’re sure to love them, too!
14 Comments on “Caramel Nut Blondies”
You had me at Sweet and Salty!!! Have a few more icebox pies to try before I make the transition but this will be first on the cool weather list.
Genius! I’m on a pretty strict meal plan right now and am always on the look-out for perfectly-portioned sweet things. And, I especially love the salty-sweet thing going on with these blondies, too. I’m a baker, so it’s been tough to ‘portion’ out sweets…You just solved my problem of making a whole pan of blondies and then having to meter them out! Genius…And, thanks so much!
I’m on board with caramel and pears but I cannot move on to apples or pumpkins just yet. It’s way too hot down here still! Maybe I’ll just have to make fall flavored ice creams in the mean time haha.
I’ve really been thinking fall — apples, pears, pumpkin, caramel! I love a good sweet and salty dessert, and these blondies look delicious!
I have been doing the same thing lately!! Can’t wait for fall, and these blondies look amazing with that caramel!! MMM
Perfect for that first tailgating party too!
I’ve been thinking about caramel too! These look like the perfect combination of salty and sweet 🙂
Wow, I love the sweet and salty thing these have got going on! And I am obsessed with pretzels in my desserts! Can’t wait to make these.
These look AMAZING! Love the little pretzel on top 🙂
To be honest, I dream in shades of caramel year-round. These blondies look INSANE. In the best way.
Oh caramel. Oh sweet n salty. You are heaven. Get in my belllyyyy
I’m so not ready for fall, but I can make an exception for these. Love that they are single serving! Great idea!
Mmmm, delicious, nutty and so sweet! I made these this morning for a friend/co-worker’s birthday. I was able to get 21 blondies out of the batter, actually. But, I have to say that it was rather stiff after adding the flour, and so when it came time to swirl the caramel, I wasn’t able to. I just let it sit on top. They taste yummy all the same, and I’m sure my friend and her students will enjoy them 😀
Caramel Blondies looks delicious. Will try soon.