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Friday, October 28, 2016

Oreo Blondies: Definitely TREAT!

'Tis the season for trick or treat. These Oreo Blondies definitely fall in the "treat" category. The "trick" will be figuring out how to limit your intake once you get a whiff (and bite!) of these bar cookies.

I belong to a Farmers Wives group on Facebook and someone shared the recipe for these Oreo Blondies after making them to include in meals to the field during fall harvest. Farmers wives have a reputation as good cooks, so I was already intrigued. But then I noticed that this particular farmer's wife happened to be my niece, Paige.

She gave them rave reviews, even calling them her "find" of the fall harvest season.  With an endorsement like that, I decided to make them for a tailgate party we went to after the K-State football game last weekend.

I know homemade Halloween goodies are frowned upon in most circles. Was the whole razor-blade-in-the-apple story fact or urban legend? Or was it "leaked" from a candy company who wanted to sell more hermetically-sealed mini treats during the Halloween rush?

It's not like I get any Halloween visitors anyway. If I bought a bag of candy, it would just sit there tempting Randy and me. So, on the off-chance I have a Halloween visitor or two, I just might wrap up a homemade treat. (Yes, those kind of treats sit around tempting Randy and me, too. Let's not get hung up on that, OK?)

Since we live 11 miles or so from town, we don't get much Halloween foot traffic. But, on the off chance that someone drops by, I just might have a homemade treat. Back in my Halloween excursions trick or treating for UNICEF, my favorite treat was a homemade popcorn ball from my Grandma Neelly. Homemade treats weren't out of the ordinary back then. (No, I wasn't of the generation that walked to school 3 miles one way through snow, but it's starting to sound like it, isn't it?) I promise I'll label any homemade Halloween treats with my name and phone number. These bars aren't wicked. Then again, maybe they are, if you're counting calories.

I used regular Oreos, but if you are someplace where you could get the orange-stuffed Oreos, it would provide an even more festive bar!
Oreo Blondies
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 pkg. (3.4 oz.) instant vanilla pudding
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 cup chocolate chips (milk or semi sweet)
1 cup white chocolate chips
16 Oreo cookies, broken into pieces

In mixer, cream together butter, brown sugar and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla, mixing together until well blended. Add in dry pudding mix, and mix until light and fluffy. Add dry ingredients. Fold in chocolate chips and Oreo pieces.

Spray a 13- by 9-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Put batter into pan and spread evenly. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 22 minutes. Don't overbake; cook until the center is set, but it's still gooey. Let cool and cut into squares.

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Today, I'm linked to Weekend Potluck hosted by these bloggers. Click on the link for recipes for more goodies, main dishes and more from cooks across the country. 

4 comments:

  1. We don't do Halloween over here, and I must admit that I just don't get it! I probably need to research more to understand its real meaning but gory, spooky, eerie stuff is just not for me! Interestingly in Australia Halloween is gaining more traction each year in the media and the big retailers are trying to make a big deal out of it and capitalise.

    I do really like the sound of your blondies. I will have to give them a go.

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    1. I don't do the scary or spooky stuff either, though there are people who enjoy that part, I suppose. Our granddaughters are going as Minnie Mouse and a peacock. I wish I could be there to watch, but we are moving cattle today.

      When I was a little girl, we went trick or treating for UNICEF in connection with our little rural church. In addition to collecting candy or treats for ourselves, we also collected spare change to send to UNICEF.

      I guess it's all in what you are used to. Why am I not surprised that retailers are trying to make some money on a holiday?! The candy makers definitely do well here with Halloween! I think you'll enjoy the blondies anyway!

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  2. OOO - I'm wild about Oreos AND blondies - what a perfect matchup. Thanks a million for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck (ha...I accidently typed WeEEKend =). Please come again. Love how you link back to the party. Thanks a million for that.

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    1. Thanks for the opportunity to link up, Marsha!

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