Yesterday was a bittersweet/emotional day for a couple reasons. My son, who is a senior this year, played his last high school baseball game. It’s hard to see that come to an end, it’s been a huge part of his life. And then to make the day even more emotional he got his mission call. He will be serving in the Guatemala, Guatemala City North Mission. He is so excited. I am so happy for him, but so sad for me. I don’t know how I am going to let him go for two years. He is such a great kid, I am so lucky to be his mom. We only have three months to get everything ready. . . I am still trying to let this all sink in and am still trying to figure out how he grew up so fast.
Anyway, in honor of my Josh I am posting one of his absolute favorite cookies ever!
All my boys LOVE Hershey’s cookies and cream candy bars which explains why they are always asking me to make these. Now I have to admit, I don’t love cookies and cream candy bars like my boys do, but I do LOVE these blondies.
Oh my are they ever good!
These are amazing and are even more amazing when you eat them after they’ve cooled just enough to cut into them. Now about the dough, well let’s just say I have to control myself. If I made these everyday for my boys (especially Josh), I could probably get them to do their chores without complaining or without being asked 78 times.
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup butter , at room temperature
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 (3.4) ounce package instant vanilla pudding mix
- 2 (6.5 ounce) Hershey’s Cookies and Cream Candy Bars
- 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350. Line a 9x13 pan with foil, spray lightly OR just spray the pan.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside.
Using a mixer, cream the butter and sugars. Add eggs one at a time until well incorporated. Add vanilla and pudding mix. Beat until light and fluffy. Slowly add the flour mixture.
Cut up the candy bar into bite-sized pieces. Add into the batter along with the chocolate chips.
Evenly press the dough into the prepared pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 23-25 minutes. You don’t want to over bake these. Bake just until edges start to turn a light golden brown. Cool in pan and cut into bars.
I have been able to find the 6.5 ounce Hershey's Cookies and Cream candy bars at Wal-Mart. If you can't find them just buy three or four of the smaller size ones ( I think they are about 4 ounces).
Recipe Source: Stephanie’s Kitchen