What could be better than Mint Chocolate Fondant Thins packed into my favourite soft and chewy Blondie recipe? Super satisfying, with a hit of chocolate and refreshing mint, these are perfect for the holidays – kids and adults alike will completely fall for them!
The other week, when I was away in Wales, I had the most amazing coffee ever.
What does coffee have to do with blondies I hear you ask, bear with me.
It was a Mint Mocha – and ever since I had it I’ve been craving the cool, refreshing flavours of mint, with a glorious hit of chocolate.
I will re-create that drink, but for now I got my craving in check by smashing some mint chocolate fondants and packing them into chewy, soft, blondies.
Pretty blissful if I do say so myself! 😀
Before I elaborate on these awesome Blondies, let’s talk Christmas gifts.
I apologise in advance if you think it’s way too early and don’t want to hear about it until December.
I’m not like in full holiday mode or anything, it’s just that I am planning on making gifts this year, so I feel like I need to be organised and was hoping for some advice!
I’ve been looking into making some infused olive oil; maybe Chili, Garlic and Rosemary – does anyone have experience with these? How long should I leave them to infuse, I’ve ordered the bottles and dried chilies, but obviously while I want it to be infused, I’d rather not kill anyone with something so hot it blows their brains out!!
I’ve also decided to make some bath salts and bath bombs, along with some sugar scrub. The sugar scrub seems really easy to make, but bath bomb wise, how long do they last and are they actually as easy as Pinterest says? I’ve ordered all the gear, but it remains to be seen if I’m just left with crumbly messes everywhere!
I mean Pinterest makes us all feel like we’re the most crafty people ever, with all these amazing ideas – I have thousands and thousands of things I want to make because it looks awesome on Pinterest…
I’m fairly sure half the things I want to make because they’re “so easy” are actually far from it and I’d end up with a mess.
I’ll stick with the fantasy, I have all these things on my boards which make me look like I have some dreamland house with homemade things everywhere…
To be honest, I’m just looking forward to experimenting with citric acid and baking soda. 😀
Anyway, enough about Christmas, I’d love to hear your experiences with homemade gifts, but now, let’s talk food.
These have quickly become my favourite Blondies.
Normally, I make Blondies the same way as I make Brownies, mixing melted chocolate and butter together before whisking with some flour, eggs and sugar.
However, these are just made with melted butter…
I don’t want to be disloyal to the wonderful Blondie and they still have all the chewiness of one made with white chocolate, but since I was adding in dark chocolate and mint, I didn’t want them to become overly sweet with white chocolate as well.
Like most things in the kitchen, it’s an experiment. And it just so happens, that these turned out to be mind blowing.
Look how dense and fudgy they look! ^^
Using all light brown sugar added depth to these Blondies and helped with the chewiness we all know and love. In all honesty, these are so simple to make.
It amazes me how something you can make with no mixer and in one bowl can be so satisfying. But then, it’s the simple things in life, right?
There are 7 ingredients to this whole recipe. That’s it.
Since there’s no real beating, just mixing until combined, the kids can get involved too!
Also who doesn’t love smashing up chocolate? If I had children, I’m not entirely sure I’d let them in on that action… it’s certainly a stress reliever!
With a crackly top, oozing fondant, dark chocolate and a chewy base, these are not to be missed!
If, like me, you can never wait for something to cool properly before digging in, then you could be eating these in less than 40 minutes.
If you have the willpower of a saint, then you’ll have to wait a couple of hours… but I feel like being good is overrated, so I’ll be the one sitting in the corner with the pan and a spoon! 😀
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- 1 stick (113g) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
- 1 cup (200g) light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- ½tsp vanilla extract
- Pinch salt
- 1 cup (140g) plain flour
- 1 heaping cup (200g) broken up mint chocolate fondant thins (such as After Eights)
- Preheat oven to 180C/350F and grease and line an 8x8 inch square pan.
- Place the sugar into a large bowl and pour melted butter over it. Whisk until well combined and smooth.
- Add in the egg and vanilla extract and mix until well incorporated, about 45 seconds.
- Place chocolate thins into a Ziploc bag and smash into pieces with a rolling pin. A mixture of small and large pieces is great!
- Add the salt, flour and chocolate pieces into the sugar mix and stir until just combined. (there should be no large lumps of flour visible).
- Tip into your greased and lined pan and smooth until level with a spatula or wooden spoon.
- Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes until lightly golden, the top looks a little crackly and an inserted skewer into the centre comes out with one or two crumbs on.
- Leave to cool in the pan completely, before slicing into 9-12 bars.
- Blondies will keep in an airtight container, at room temperature for 3 days.