Caramel Crunch Blondies

These Caramel Crunch Blondies are a great way to use up Halloween Candy…and they stay soft and chewy for days!

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Happy Veterans Day! I want to thank all of you who have served our country, who are currently serving, and the families too. You all sacrifice so much for our safety. An especially big hug goes out to my dad and my father-in-law, both of whom are Vietnam veterans.

Desert Storm happened when I was in middle school. I don’t remember much about it (what 12 year old pays attention to the news?) but what I do remember is having a pen pal. Sergeant Gonzolez and I wrote back and forth for several months, until I assume he was sent home.

If we’re being totally honest, I *think* I may have been a wee bit smitten with my solider. I had grand visions of him returning home and finding me. There *may* have been wedding plans involved. But, I was 12 and he was an adult, probably married with kids, and shortly after our correspondence ended I realized Joey McIntyre was my true love, so I stopped thinking about Sgt. Gonzolez in that way.

One of the things I remember vividly about our pen pal letters was that he sent me some Iraqi sand. He emptied out a mini tabasco bottle and filled it with sand and mailed it to me. It’s still at my mom’s house in her china cabinet, and it’s a wonderful memory of a pen pal program that was so important to the soldiers of that time.

So when my friend Betsy, from Java Cupcake, started a care package program for her husband who recently deployed, I jumped at the chance to join in. It’s my small (minuscule, really) chance to give back to those that give so much for us.


 I knew I was going to bake for our care package (duh, this is me we’re talking about!) so I had to do some research and thinking about what to send. Sometimes packages can take weeks to be delivered so you have to send something that will last. Also, it gets pretty hot there and with all the transportation, nothing should be sent that can get too melty. After thinking about it for awhile, I knew I wanted to make these Caramel Crunch Blondies for our care package. I know the soldiers are going to love them!

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These blondies are perfect for long-distance travel. When wrapped with plastic wrap and sealed in a ziploc container, they last a really long time. What’s the secret to super soft blondies? Brown sugar. Lots and lots and lots of it!

These blondies are the same base that I used to make these Loaded Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars, Toffee Blondies, and Nutter Butter Butterscotch Blondies. You really cannot go wrong with these – no matter how you cook them and what you add, they turn out fabulous every time. Plus, they come together in just one bowl and you can be eating blondies in under an hour…unless you’re deployed. Then you have to wait for the mail.

When I asked Facebook what else I should include in a care package, one of the overwhelming responses was to send a letter. I immediately thought of my pen pal days and decided to ask Jordan’s teacher to help out. Each child in her class made a Thanksgiving card to send in the care package, to go along with our theme of “We are thankful for you” in honor of Thanksgiving this month.

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I had Jordan decorate the inside of the box. We used construction paper and decorated each flap with our theme.

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Betsy’s husband had mentioned that their “fresh” food supply wasn’t good. So I decided to send a bunch of canned goods, including Spam, and some canned bean salad, fruit, tuna, and other vegetables. Did you know that you can use the large priority mail box at the USPS and fill it as heavy as you want, and it’s less than $13 to send the care package? I stuffed that thing so full I could barely lift it!

We added some gum and Red Vines to fill in the holes, and Jolly Ranchers for padding across the top. No bubble wrap was needed for that package, no sir!

It really felt good to put something like this together. And when I realized how cheap it was, I realized I want to do it again. It’s so easy to make someone’s day…even on the other side of the world. If you’re interested in sending a care package, check out Java Cupcake for all the details. She has all the fun information on the care packages that have been sent to her husband, and if you are interested in sending something she has a form you can fill out so she can connect you with a platoon in need.

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So many men and women will be without their families this Thanksgiving, so it felt good to do just a little something to make it better.

I often wonder what Sergent Gonzalez is doing today. If I could meet him, I’d make him some blondies. 🙂

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Caramel Crunch Blondies

This blondie recipe is my absolute favorite!! Rich with brown sugar they stay soft for days and are great with any candy inside.


  • 2 cups brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups flour

  • 2 cups chopped Crunch Bars (about 18 minis), divided

  • 15 caramel squares (such as Kraft), unwrapped and quartered


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.

  2. Cream brown sugar and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined. Add baking powder, salt, and flour and mix.

  3. Stir in 1 cup of the chopped Crunch Bars and all of the quartered caramel squares.

  4. Press into prepared pan (dough is sticky, spray your hands with cooking spray to avoid it sticking to your hands).

  5. Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of chopped Crunch bars over the top and press lightly to make them stick to the surface.

  6. Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes. (Be careful not to overcook - the center will still be jiggly when you take these out of the oven and they will finish cooking and firming up as they cool.) Cool completely before slicing into squares.


If using unsalted butter, increase salt to 1/2 teaspoon.

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  1. Dorothy please tell your Dad and father in law thank you from this military spouse. Thank you for all the wonderful posts you supply and for sending packages to our brave military.

  2. What an awesome care package you put together, Dorothy! I’m sure it will be much appreciated. Your post was a good reminder that I need to be sending care packages to the soldiers overseas regularly, not just to my brother when he’s deployed. P.S. Joey was my favorite, too! 😉

  3. Annnnnd, now I’m crying. You are such a good human, Dorothy, raising another good human. Thank goodness the world has Dorothys in it! Also, seriously, you are making the world a happier fuller place one amazing blondie at a time.

  4. These blondes look fabulous 🙂 Crunch bars are my absolute fav. I get them and sometimes forget to tell my husband I have them. I may share them with your Sergent Gonzalez if you let me 🙂 We have a local chapter of the Blue Star Mothers, Inc that sends out care packages once a quarter. That is another great way to connect if you want to give.

  5. I’m all for a recipe that travels well, since I do so much mailing myself–thanks for sharing and taking the time out to celebrate today 🙂

  6. I didn’t realize how cheap it was to send a care package and make someone’s day. What an awesome project! All those letters from Jordan’s class are the best. Wow, how sweet is this. Wouldn’t it be incredible if Sergent Gonzolez could read this? 🙂 These blondies would taste incredible, but even more so to those across seas. Crunch bars are an excellent choice! Pinning!

  7. Ok, you are awesome and so is your care package and blondies! And wow, the letters too? Just so nice and caring, Dorothy! Pinned!

  8. Joey is all mine! 🙂
    who wouldn’t love receiving such a nice care package?! love seeing the kid getting involved! I have some Nestle crunch that I’ve been waiting to bake with..thanks for the suggestion!

  9. Wow, I’m proud of you, Dorothy. This is a very nice thing to do. The letters from Jordan’s class were a great addition to the pkg.
    Love you, Mom

  10. I love what you and Jordan are doing! Sometimes I think care packages and letters are a dying art. It’s so easy to forget about those overseas so I applaud you! These blondies are timely for me, I was just thinking about how I have lots of candy to get rid of@

  11. 1. That pen pal story is adorable and totally something I would’ve done (falling in love with a stranger via letters at the age of 12)

    2. SO SWEET that you guys did this!

    3. Love that pic of Jordan 😀


  12. You have inspired me to create a care package as well. I’m even going to include these blondies because everybody needs a little sweetness in their lives.

  13. This is so sweet, the care package and the bars! Love the crunch and caramel, I bet the soldiers will flip over these!!

  14. I love blondies! And these look so delicious! I love the combo of crunch bars and caramel… makes my mouth water just thinking about it! The care package is such a good idea.. what a great thing to do around the holidays… thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

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  16. I love this! That was such a wonderful package you put together and the artwork from the kids is definitely the best part. I’ll definitely be looking into sending something myself!

  17. Thats awesome you got Jordans class to participate, what a great idea. When we send care packages to my nephew (Afghanistan) it is truly the best way to feel connected. And they LOVE getting them. Great cause friend!

  18. Dorothy, you are incredible. Absolutely incredible. Those soldiers are going to be overwhelmed by your kindness and generosity, and they’ll be in complete heaven when they try your caramel crunch blondies. You are such a sweet soul!

  19. How awesome is that and what a wonderful teaching opportunity with your daughter! New follower. Found you from pinterest!

  20. Not only do these blondies look incredible, but this is such a sweet, thoughtful thing to do for our troops! You have such a kind heart and are a good example to all of us! I love that the kids got involved too – such a good lesson for them 🙂

  21. what a lovely idea! we used to send care packages to my brother in law when he was on tour, but to do it for people you don’t know is just so beautiful! xxx

    p.s. also, yummy sounding recipe!

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  23. Love everything about your blog! I was just wondering how roughly did you chop the Crunch bars? Thank you!!

  24. Hi! I love everything about your blog! I am so excited to try out this recipe today! I was just wondering how roughly you chopped the Crunch bars. Thank you! 🙂 hope you have an amazing day!!

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