Do you ever play the “what if” game? It goes like this…..”What if I use a different kind of flour here?” What if I use all butter instead of shortening in this cake?”
Today’s recipe came about when I asked ” what if I used a cookie mix to make some squares”? Yes, I know there are a gazillion recipes out there that use cake mixes to make cookies, but what I had on hand was a boxed pumpkin spice cookie mix, but I didn’t really want to make cookies. This is how I changed the directions to make blondies with all the flavors you would expect in a pumpkin square, and then some!!
These came out chewy, and chunky because of the extra add-ins. I found that by using miniature marshmallows, they melt while baking leaving an extra gooey spot in the bar. I also used caramel bits and dried cranberries in these and all the flavors combined will remind you of fall. To make the glaze on top I used about a cup of powdered sugar and 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice mixed with about 4 teaspoons of water. This was spread on after the bars had cooled completely. Today’s game of “what if” was successful…. my experiments don’t always turn out as well. So I invite you to try them for yourself. Any brand of pumpkin cookie mix will work, using the amount of butter and egg specified on the package.
Yield: Makes 16 bars
- 1 package ( 16.5-oz.) pumpkin spice cookie mix
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup ( 1-stick) butter, softened at room temperature
- 1/3 cup each caramel bits, mini marshmallows, and dried cranberries
1. Preheat oven to 350*F. Lightly grease an 8x8x2-inch pan.
2. In a medium bowl, stir together the cookie mix, egg and butter until a dough forms.
3. Stir in the caramel bits, mini marshmallows, and dried cranberries until well incorporated.
4. Scrape dough into prepared pan and press in evenly.
5. Bake for 28-32 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely before topping with glaze.
6. Glaze: 1 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, 3-4 teaspoons water. Whisk together to form a loose glaze that you can spread on top of the blondies.
SOURCE: a Carolyn’s Original