Both Congo bars and M&M blonde brownies make the perfect afternoon snack. They are also great to serve when you have guests at your house and can a fun school snack for your kids.
Furthermore, tough these to recipes are very similar they somehow differ and each has its unique taste. However, M&M blonde brownies and Congo bars are best when combined with a glass of milk.
M&M blonde brownies
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 22 minutes
Total time: 32 minutes
– 2 eggs
– 2 cups of brown sugar
– 2 cups flour
– 2 teaspoons baking powder
– ½ cup softened butter
– 1 teaspoon vanilla
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 1 ½ cup M&M’s (divided)
– Start by spraying your baking dish with non-stick spray and turning on the oven to preheat at 350 degrees.
– Next, beat the butter and sugar until the mix becomes creamy, then add in the vanilla and eggs and continue to beat.
– Combine the flour, baking powder, and the salt and slowly beat them into the butter mixture. Take one cup from the M&M’s and stir it by hand into the mixture.
– Finally, take the needed amount of butter and spread it onto the prepared dish. Use the remaining candies to sprinkle the top.
– Leave it in the oven to cook for 22-25 minutes and once done leave it to cool completely before you go on to cutting it into squares. Transfer and store the bars in a sealed container.
Tip on baking
If you like your brownies well done, you should leave them the total 25 minutes, but make sure you keep an eye on them because it is easy to overbake them which will make them impossible to cut later. Do not worry if they look undone when you take them out of the oven because as they cool they will become harder.
Some of us, including myself, prefer their brownies a little bit underbaked. So, if you are a fan of under-baked desserts, you should bake these brownies no more than 22 minutes. They will be soft and gooey but remember these under-baked goodies are only for you to enjoy and we do not recommend bringing these softies to a bake sale.
Holiday shifted blonde brownies
Here are some fun ideas to experiment with and try out once the holidays arrive on your doorstep.
– For St. Patrick’s Day use mint M&M’s
– Pastel M&M’s are the perfect choice for your Easter brownies
– For Valentine’s Day, we recommend pink and red M&M’s
– Brown, orange and white M&M’s are perfect for the Halloween edition
– Let’s not forget green, white and red which are your Christmas choice
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes
– 2 cups chocolate chips
– 3 eggs
– 2 cups brown sugar
– 2/3 softened butter
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
– 2 ¾ cups flour
– Before you start, spray your baking dish with non-stick spray and turn on the oven to 350 degrees to preheat.
– First, beat the butter and sugar till they become creamy and then add the needed amount of vanilla and eggs and continue to beat.
– Combine the flour, salt and baking powder together and gently pour them into the butter mixture you’ve prepared. Stir until you get thick dough forms.
– Finally, stir in the chocolate chips by hand and spread the mixture evenly into the pan.
– Put it in the oven to bake for half an hour and pay extra attention not to overbake it. Once done take out the pan and leave it to cool completely before you start cutting the baked dough into bars. Transfer and store it in a sealed container.
Tips on baking
The secret to getting the perfect Congo bars is not to bake them more nor less than 30 minutes. The optimum of baking the bars for 30 minutes results in slightly crunchy sides and a soft and gooey center.
However, every oven bakes differently so the best way is to get the bars out of the oven on time and even though they seem unbaked avoid touching them and leave them to cool entirely. This will help them keep their original shape and not spread all over the place and end up looking unaesthetic.