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Midnight Blondies

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(NC) - There's nothing quite like the taste of dark chocolate at the holidays. These easy Midnight Blondies are the perfect finish to a tasty meal with friends and family.

Ingredients:

    Midnight Blondies
  • 5 Mars Dark (50 g size)
  • 1 cup (250 mL) butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups (625 mL) lightly packed brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) vanilla
  • 3 cups (750 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt

Directions:

Freeze the Mars Dark bars for 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C). Grease a 9 x 13-inch (3 L) baking pan. Beat the butter with the sugar until fluffy. Beat in the eggs, adding two at a time. Stir in the vanilla.

Combine the flour with the salt in a separate bowl; mix into the butter mixture. Finely chop the frozen Mars Dark bars; fold into the batter. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.

Bake for 30 minutes or until golden around the edges but still moist in the centre. Cool completely on a rack before slicing.

Optional Glaze:

Place 1 additional chopped Mars Dark bar in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat on High, stirring twice, for 30 to 45 seconds. Add 2 tsp (10 mL) of milk, stirring until chocolate is melted and smooth. Drizzle over the cooled, baked bars; place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to set the chocolate before slicing.

Serving Size: Makes 48 Bars


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