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Oct 19

Candy Bar Pie

My pantry is full of half-open bags of candy. Once things start falling on my head while I’m grabbing the cereal, I know it’s time to take action.

Enter: Candy Bar Pie. A blondie in a pie crust that’s filled with leftover candy. I say this a lot, but you’re welcome.

My favorite Candy Bar Pie is a blondie filled with candy and a crust!

Like a lot of Americans, we have a second freezer. It’s in the garage and it’s full of frozen chicken breasts, frozen vegetables, and lots and lots and lots of baked goods.

The irony of the fact that we originally purchased the freezer because my husband was doing Weight Watchers and needed space for all the meals is not lost on me. The meal space is now the stocked-for-dessert-armageddon space.

{People know to call me up and say “Whatcha got in that freezer? I’m having a party!”}

I really, really want a second refrigerator but we haven’t figured out the expense (or where to put it) yet. My husband routinely complains he needs space for “his stuff” in the refrigerator. I told him to buy me another refrigerator that we could use for his stuff and extra juice boxes and Jordan’s yogurt drinks…but that probably the first time we had a party or a really heavy baking day I’d end up taking over that one too.

{This feels very #firstworldproblem to me. Like, boo-hoo, I have too much food, what am I going to doooo??? #eyeroll}

Recently, the pantry has been expanded into the garage too. And then it was expanded again into the storage room in the garage. And it’s still overflowing because the other day a bunch of candy attacked me when I was looking for Goldfish. Literally – they fell out and hit me on the head.

I decided it was time to do something about the “open bags of candy problem”. Enter: candy bar pie.

Candy Bar Pie - you must make this blondie pie! It's filled with peanut butter cups, Rolos, and M&Ms!

Now, you may not have the open bags of candy problem to my degree (#foodbloggerproblems) but I’m sure you have open bags of chocolate chips with just not quite enough for a full recipe. Or you have some M&Ms left over from a party that got lost behind the Wheat Thins…

…or you have a whole bunch of Halloween Candy staring you in the face – before or after the big day. Right? Everyone has that problem. What do you do with the candy?

{I actually have friends that leave a big bowl of candy on the coffee table the whole month of October. How? How is that possible? Jordan would be sick every. single. day. And so would I!}

The answer to where the candy goes? Into a pie. After Halloween comes the pie holiday (my favorite!) and this is going to be your new favorite recipe for pie.

Candy Bar Pie is a blondie with a crust!

This pie is basically a giant cookie in a crust, filled with candy. I used my favorite blondie recipe, which is the same recipe I used the last time I cleaned out my pantry and made Loaded Cookie Bars.

The blondie is gooey and rich from a ton of brown sugar. The batter stays soft even after it’s cooked! I put this into a refrigerated pie crust (I’m all about the easy) but you could use a homemade pie crust. I’ve done that before with cookie pie, when I made a peanut butter cookie pie for Easter a few years ago.

A note about the crust for this recipe: make sure that your crust is firmly pressed to the sides of your pie plate. The blondie batter only fills about half the plate and it grows to fill the crust. You don’t want the sides of the pie crust to collapse. To combat this problem, I made sure that the sides were pressed firmly to the pie plate and I pressed the sides that showed (after adding the batter) with the tines of a fork a few times.

Once you have your blondie batter all mixed up, you just need to add your candy. This is where it gets fun: just add what you like, or what you have hanging around your pantry.

Candy Bar Pie filled with peanut butter cups and Rolos!

I used M&Ms, miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and Rolo minis (the kind that come unwrapped). Some other ideas for what you can use:

  • Chocolate or white chocolate chips
  • Kit Kats
  • Hershey’s Kisses
  • Twix Bars
  •  Almond Joy
  • Large peanut butter cups (or any size of any candy, really)
  • Reese’s Pieces
  • and many, many more!

Just look through your pantry, dig through your kids’ treat bucket and pull out what you love.

You’ll see in the recipe I called for 1 cup of candy bars. I just mixed up the three I was using in my measuring cup and added them to the batter. Now, a few notes about candy bars:

  • If you’re using a stand mixer to mix up your blondie base, you don’t need to chop small or mini candy (like the miniature Reese’s or Rolos). Just add them to the batter and mix on medium. The paddle attachment and power of the mixer will chop up your candy for you.
  • If you’re using bigger size candy (like regular size Reese’s or fun-size Almond Joy or Kit Kat) you’ll want to coarsely chop it before adding it to your stand mixer.
  • If you’re using a hand mixer or mixing by hand, you’ll want to chop up any of the candies you use.

Just make sure to reserve some for the top of the pie. Like when you’re making cookies, they come out prettier when you press some candies on the top. Pick a few of each kind of candy and gently press them into the dough before baking.

Then try and wait until the pie is cool to slice it. And maybe top it with ice cream and chocolate sauce. Because you can, obviously.

Candy Bar Pie

Um, no. I think that should say MY pie. 🙂

Candy Bar Pie

Yield: 10 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

This Candy Bar Pie is great for using up any leftover candy you have in your pantry. The base of the pie is a giant blondie and you simply fill it with your favorite candy, like peanut butter cups, Rolos, and M&Ms!


Ingredients:


  • 1 pie crust, from a pack of two or homemade

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 egg

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup flour

  • 1 cup candy bars (I used 8 miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, about 15 mini Rolos, and a handful of M&Ms to make 1 cup)

  • Extra candy for the top of the pie


Directions:


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Place pie crust in a 9” pie plate, crimping as desired. Press the sides of the crust so they are firmly attached to the edges of the pie plate.

  3. Cream brown sugar and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or you can use a hand mixer). Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined. Add baking powder, salt, and flour and mix.

  4. If you are using a stand mixer, add your candy bars to the bowl and mix on medium-high to chop of the candy. (The strength of the mixer is enough to break up soft pieces of candy, like Reese’s or Rolos.) If you’re using a hand mixer, coarsely chop the candy, the mix it into the dough.

  5. Press into prepared pan (dough is sticky, spray your hands with cooking spray to avoid it sticking to your hands). Press some remaining candy on the top for decoration. Press the sides of the crust that are showing with the tines of a fork a few times.

  6. Bake for about 24-30 minutes, until the crust is browned and the top of the pie is golden. It may still be a little jiggly in the center. Cool completely before cutting. Serve by itself or with whipped cream or ice cream.


Adapted from this blondie recipe and inspired by this pie.


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