A few weeks ago, I unveiled the healthier side of Livelymess.
I’ve been doing a lot more vegan baking, cutting out as much sugar and adding as much fibre as I can while still making treats crave-worthy and delicious. Off-screen, I’ve been developing more savoury recipes to help you work healthier ingredients and make every day swaps for the better. I’ll be sharing even more of them soon!
Of course, I did say I wouldn’t be cutting the “junk food” out of Livelymess altogether. I just have so much fun baking and sharing special treats.
Easter hopped its way into my life in all of it’s perfect, pastel glory and completely roped me back into the world of sweet, buttery baking. I just couldn’t help myself!
If you can forgive my leap back into junk food, we can get to the recipe – Easter Bunny Blondies!
If you took all of your favourite things from your Easter basket and baked them into a big cookie – this is precisely the result you’d get. It’s a big, buttery sheet of sugary goodness, topped with perfect Easter colours.
I’ve said this before on the blog, but I am an absolute sucker for Easter candy. It’s so pretty and perfect, plus it comes at a time when the sun is coming out and the air is warming up and my willpower loses its frozen, wintery grip.
Actually, if you’re dying to get all of the Easter candy you impulse purchased out of the house, this is a good way to do it. Bake it up into a big cookie, slice it into inviting pieces and share it with everyone you’ve invited for Easter dinner. Or, if you’re not hosting, this recipe is perfect packaged up in a cellophane bag with ribbon.
In the process of this recipe, I discovered these big, beautiful speckled M&M Easter Eggs. They are SO good. Like an enormous M&M, with a beautiful speckled shell. I want to say they’re almost too pretty to eat, but I opened the bag and popped three into my mouth.
These Easter Bunny Blondies would make Peter Cottontail proud.
They are pretty enough to make a centrepiece on your Easter snack table, but are so simple to make. Seriously. You make a basic cookie dough, press it into a pan and press some Easter candy onto that. The whole thing can be whipped up in under 40 minutes, including cooking time.
Plus, with the melted butter, the dough is soft enough to mix by hand if you don’t have a stand or handheld mixer.
Happy Easter, bunnies! I wish you a wonderful, delicious holiday weekend.
Easter Bunny Blondies
Makes 2 dozen
- 3/4 cup butter, melted
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- 1 cup mixed Easter candy (M&Ms, Mini Eggs, malted eggs), plus more for decorating
- A handful of sprinkles
- Preheat the oven to 325ºF. Line a 9 x 13 baking pan with parchment paper or prepare with butter and a sprinkling of flour.
- Melt butter in the microwave until liquid. Cream together with both sugars using a stand or handheld mixer. You could also stir by hand with a little elbow grease! Add eggs and vanilla. Mix again.
- Pour in flour, baking soda and salt. Mix until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips and some sprinkles. Spread into your prepared baking dish. It will be thick, like a cookie dough. Press your Easter candies into the top, saving about a dozen or more. Add more sprinkles.
- Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Press remaining candy lightly into the top. Bake for another 10 to 15 minutes until the edges are golden and the top no longer looks wet. Set aside to cool completely.
- Cut into pieces and enjoy!