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Clean out the cabinets with these Loaded Caramel Pumpkin Blondies – filled with Pumpkin Spice Hershey’s Kisses, chocolate chips, toffee and a caramel layer.


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Target.

We all know the dangers of Target, right??

Last week, we had a birthday party to go to. It was about 45 minutes north of where we live, so instead of my husband driving all the way home after work and then turning around and driving up to the party, we decided to just meet up near the freeway and then drive together. This is all well and good – until you have time to waste.

Well, when you have time to waste, what better place to do that than Target?

I managed to be late meeting my husband, and I managed to buy things that I didn’t really need. Like the inspiration for this recipe.

Loaded Caramel Pumpkin Blondies | www.tasteandtellblog.com

When it comes to holiday candy, I’m a sucker. I feel like I have to go crazy – it does only come around once a year, right?? And when I spotted a bag of Pumpkin Spice Hershey’s Kisses, they went straight into my cart.

The next day, I knew I wanted to make something with them. And I knew that I wanted to make blondies. And really, the idea for these started simply as pumpkin spice kiss blondies. While I was preparing to bake, I went to my cupboard, and there sat all of these bags of almost empty treats – chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, toffee pieces… They were calling out to me, and these loaded blondies were born.

But it didn’t stop there. I also had a bag of caramels that I had intended for a recipe that I never got around to making, and the thought came to me to do a layer of caramel, much like one of my favorite brownie recipes. I went to my husband, asking if the caramel layer was overkill, but he gave the green light and I decided it was a go.

Good thing, because these were amazing. Loaded, that’s for sure, but loaded with all of the things I love. These are pretty rich and decadent, so a little goes a long way, but don’t blame me if you keep sneaking another little piece here and there!

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Loaded Caramel Pumpkin Blondies
 
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Clean out the cabinets with these Loaded Caramel Pumpkin Blondies – filled with Pumpkin Spice Hershey’s Kisses, chocolate chips, toffee and a caramel layer.
Serves: 24 servings
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • Dash of cloves
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup Pumpkin Spice Hershey’s Kisses, roughly chopped (about 28)
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup toffee pieces
  • 1 bag (11 oz) caramels, unwrapped
  • ⅓ cup evaporated milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9x13-inch baking dish with parchment paper or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cloves. In another bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Stir in the egg and vanilla, then add in the pumpkin. Add in the dry ingredients and stir just until combined. Add in the chopped Hershey’s Kisses, white chocolate chips, semi-sweet chocolate chips and toffee pieces.
  3. Pour about ⅔ of the mixture into the prepared pan. The mixture will be fairly thick – use a spatula to spread the mixture to the edges. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  4. While the blondies are baking, combine the caramels and evaporated milk in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring often, until the caramels are melted and the mixture is smooth.
  5. After the blondies have baked for 10 minutes, remove and carefully pour the caramel over the top. Take the remaining dough and drop by spoonfuls over the top of the caramel. Return the pan to the oven and let bake an additional 30 minutes, or until cooked through.
  6. Let cool completely before slicing and serving.

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29 Responses to Loaded Caramel Pumpkin Blondies

  1. I want these in my life soooo freaking bad. Especially that easy pumpkin!!

  2. OMG your blondies are gorgeous! I made pumpkin blondies earlier this week (with the kisses too!!) but my photos…blech! The recipe though, delish. I love that caramel swirl you put in yours!!!

  3. Yum! that topping is making me drool. While blondie are not my got to snack cake, I think i have to make an exception for these ones!

  4. I do the same things all the time! Buy too many goodies at Target…and stare at my pantry and come up with some new creation using whatever treats I have on hand. :)
    These look SO darn good. Can’t get over them. Awesome recipe!

  5. Tieghan says:

    I am a huge sucker for the holiday candy, I cannot resist! Kind of the way I feel about these bars! So many layers of flavor that I love! They look and sound amazing!

  6. When you say loaded, you mean LOADed. Loving the holiday candy and pumpkin week! These look delicious.

  7. Annalise says:

    Ooooh Deb, how did you not devour the whole pan yourself?! These look scrumptious.

  8. I love wasting time in Target. I need these ooey, gooey blondies in my mouth. Pinned!

  9. I love all the different holiday Hershey’s Kisses. I also always have to come up with something to bake with them! These blondies look so gooey and delicious! :)

  10. I’ve never thought of adding caramel to pumpkin somehow, makes sense though and looks awesome.

  11. Target is sooo dangerous! I went in there last night for two things and walked out with a cart full. How dare they! ;) These blondies are beyond words. I only wish I had a plate of these now!

  12. Thanks for the pumpkin love too! :)

  13. Oh, love everything about these blondies! They look incredible!

  14. That last picture…I need to mop up my keyboard! Love the flavors in these bars, they look amazing!!!

  15. Chels R. says:

    How sinfully delish! I have such a weakness for blondies. I would rather have a blondie than a brownie any day!

  16. Joanne says:

    And…now I know I’ll be going to Target this weekend. These need to appear in my life!

  17. Tracey says:

    I’m usually pretty good at avoiding the holiday candy at Target, it’s the candles that get me. I can’t help myself! These blondies sound amazing – pumpkin and caramel is an amazing flavor combo!

  18. These look fantastic! So perfect for fall – you can put caramel in anything, I’m there.

  19. Ahh so cute & delicious! I must have them!

  20. Teresa says:

    You’re killing me with these pictures. I think I could wolf down about five of these right now!

  21. Dying over these. They look SO good! And I adore all the goodies you stuffed inside. Especially those pumpkin kisses. :)

  22. I adore these blondes, love the caramel + pumpkin!

  23. camille says:

    When putting on the “spoonfuls” over the caramel should it be like when baking cookies?

    • Deborah says:

      Camille – you can’t spread the mixture because of the caramel, so you’ll just want to drop the dough over. Each spoonful would probably be about a tablespoon. I hope this helps!

  24. Dina says:

    they look yummy!

  25. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Pumpkin blondies! Oh goodness, I am loving these beauties!

  26. Oh my, my boyfriend would be so happy if I made these!

  27. Carla says:

    I picked up a bag of those pumpkin spice kisses. Now I need to make these! Love the gooey caramel.

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