Rolo Chocolate Chip Blondies
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- about 36 Rolo candies, unwrapped (buy the 12-ounce bag, you’ll use about 3/4 of it. Note – If you don’t have access to Rolos, unfortunately there are no substitutions)
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
- To a large, microwave-safe bowl add the butter and heat to melt, about 1 minute on high power.
- Wait momentarily before adding the egg so you don’t scramble it. Add the egg, brown sugar, vanilla, and whisk until smooth.
- Add the flour, salt, and stir until just combined, don’t overmix.
- Add the chocolate chips and stir to combine.
- Turn slightly more than half the batter out into prepared pan (about 60% or so, just eyeball it so that the bottom of the pan is completely covered, albeit thin coverage); set remaining batter aside.
- Evenly place the Rolos in the pan so that each Rolo is sitting on it’s ‘base’ rather than laying on its side. I made 6 rows of 6 Rolos each.
- Drop remaining batter over the Rolos in heaping rounded tablespoons. Use a spatula to smooth the ‘blobs’ of batter together. You won’t have complete coverage and that’s okay because batter expands a bit while baking and some of the balder patches ‘grow togther’.
- Bake for about 20 to 22 minutes, or until top is set in center and done; don’t overbake. Blondies firm up as they cool. A toothpick test is unreliable because you will likely hit melted chocolate or caramel, but if you hit a patch of dough, the toothpick should come out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. Place pan on a wire rack to cool for at least 90 minutes before slicing and serving. Blondies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.