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Sleeping Bag Blondies

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling

Makes

16 blondie brownies

Here's the only golden brownie recipe you'll ever need. These tasty pecan bars can be dressed up for slumber parties, camping trips and Girl Scout events. —Sharon Bickett, Chester, South Carolina
Sleeping Bag Blondies Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 2 cups chopped pecans, optional
  • 1-1/2 cups white frosting
  • Assorted gel food coloring
  • 8 large marshmallows
  • 16 miniature vanilla wafers
  • Optional: assorted sprinkles and edible pen

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Line a 13x9-in. baking pan with foil, letting ends extend up sides; grease foil. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour. If desired, stir in pecans.
  2. Spread mixture into prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 35-40 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. Lifting with foil, remove brownie from pan. Trim 1/2 in. off edges. Cut remaining brownie lengthwise in half; cut each half crosswise into 8 bars to make 16 sleeping bags.
  4. Divide frosting into 3 portions; tint with desired colors for hair, face and sleeping bags. Transfer to small piping bags, reserving a small amount of each frosting to attach wafers. Cut small hole in a corner of each bag. Pipe each of the sleeping bag colors over brownies, smoothing frosting with offset spatula. If desired, make quilted sleeping bag patterns by gently pressing edge of offset spatula into frosting.
  5. For pillows, cut marshmallows in half; place on end of brownies, cut side down. Pipe faces onto wafers using frosting or if desired, draw faces with edible marker. Attach vanilla wafers to pillows; pipe hair around face. If desired, decorate with sprinkles.
Self-rising flour- More than 1 cup
As a substitute for each cup of self-rising flour, place 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a measuring cup. Add all-purpose flour to measure 1 cup.

Nutrition Facts

1 brownie: 392 calories, 16g fat (9g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 352mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (43g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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