With combinations of red, white, and blue candy, we can celebrate both Canada Day and Independence Day with these Patriotic M&M Blondies!
First of all, let me start by wishing my fellow Canadians a very happy Canada Day, and also, to my many readers and blogger friends in the United States, a very happy 4th of July! Lord Byron wishes you all a fun-filled and safe holiday.
I cannot tell you how much I love to bake with candy. There’s just something really fun and child-like about it! In no way am I being compensated by M&Ms, but I have to say, I really do like to bake with M&M candy. When I recently saw the American themed red, white, and blue package, and then the Canadian red and white Oh Canada! package, I had to have them both. At Lord Byron’s Kitchen, a large number of my readers and subscribers are from the United States and Canada, so why not lump them all together in these Patriotic M&M Blondies recipe!?
I was in a bit of a hurry to get these Patriotic M&M Blondies made, photographed, written up, and posted to the blog. That’s the thing about a food blog, one always needs to be ahead of the game. With both Canada Day (July 1) and Independence Day (July 4) quickly approaching, I didn’t have much time to share these with my social media accounts in time to get to you, Dear Reader, before the big day comes.
So, on a Sunday morning – one of the hottest days so far this summer – I whipped up a batch, in the sweltering heat, cranked my oven, and let the baking begin. It was so hot! My oven heats up my little apartment kitchen quite quickly. I swear, I felt like I was melting. But, I love baking so much that the fun factor far outweighed the hotter than hell kitchen.
By the time McKenna and John.e got out of bed, I had already finished baking the blondies, and I had cleaned up the kitchen. I was about to set up the display for the photographs, when John.e suggested I pile them up so that I could show off the tops as well as the sides. And, it just so happens that I had picked up this galvanized cake platter at Michael’s craft store the week before – right in the Canada Day display section! So, it’s a perfect vessel for the Patriotic M&M Blondies.
To stay true to my Canadian roots, and to show my love and respect to my American friends, I divided the batter in half and folded in the M&Ms. Obviously, I put the red and white M&Ms into the Canadian blondie, and the red, white, and blue M&Ms into the American blondie. And then, I piled them all onto that cool cake stand and took the photos. Take a closer look and you’ll see that some are red and white, while the others are red, white, and blue.
Coming up with a name wasn’t easy. It was John.e who suggested the word ‘patriotic,’ even though the word is not usually associated with Canada or Canada Day. The complete opposite is true in the United States. Americans are very patriotic, the flag is respected and flown in every second garden. Every time I visit the US, I’m always amazed at the number of American flags, wreaths, stars, and other decor items, I see in my travels. Canada is not like that. Yes, our government buildings and schools have the Canadian flag, but very rarely do you see a home owner flying the flag outside the week or two leading up to Canada Day celebrations. That doesn’t mean we don’t love our country and we aren’t patriotic at heart. I think it means the flag and flag-related items are not marketed as aggressively as they are to our American neighbours.
I need to tie things up here, but before I go, please note that I prepared these Patriotic M&M Blondies in my mini muffin pans. If you don’t have mini muffin pans, you can use a 9 x 13 baking dish that has been lightly coated with non stick cooking spray.
Patriotic M&M Blondies are the ultimate blondie experience. In my opinion, there’s no room in my kitchen for dry blondies. Cake-like blondies are okay for those of you who like them, but this blondie is super moist and super sweet. I dare you to eat more than two at a time! (Actually, no, I take that back. One is good. All in moderation, right?)
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Patriotic M&M Blondies
- 1 cup butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
- 2 cups brown sugar, lightly packed
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs, whisked
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 cups M&M candies
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a mini muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- Add the melted butter to a mixing bowl. Use a wooden spoon to mix in the brown sugar until well incorporated.
- Stir in the eggs and vanilla.
- Add the flour, salt, and baking powder. Stir until combined.
- Divide the batter into two equal portions.
- Add 3/4 cup of the red and white M&Ms to one half, and the red, white, and blue M&Ms to the other half. Stir to combine.
- Add one tablespoon of the batter to the mini muffin pan holes. Top with a few of the corresponding colour of M&Ms.
- Bake for exactly 9 minutes. Remove two-bite blondies from the mini muffin pan immediately and place on a wire cooling rack to completely cool. (If using a 9 x 13 baking dish, bake for 12 minutes.)
- Allow the blondies to cool for 5 minutes before removing from the pan. Allow to fully cool on a wire cooling rack before stacking or storing.
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