Maple Bacon Blondies

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You’re going to love these Maple Bacon Blondies! From the chewy blondie base, to the sweet maple frosting and salty bacon, these will be gone in no time!

You're going to love these Maple Bacon Blondies! From the chewy blondie base, to the sweet maple frosting and salty bacon, these will be gone in no time!

I am so tired hearing people complain about teens. And how awful they behave, and how they are addicted to phones and music. Here’s the thing. I have three teens, and one preteen. And while yes, they have their moments (they are children, after all), do we really have to blame them for everything wrong with the world of technology?

Technology is a part of our lives. And their lives. And we as the adults (and some of us as the parents) have a responsibility to teach them how to properly behave in this big world. The internet isn’t going away. I can’t tell you how many times I cringe when I read people’s posts on facebook (and what they deem as a funny meme) that says things about “when I was a child, I played outside, because we didn’t have computers and video games. blah blah blah.”

Because what if they did? What if when YOU were a child they did have this technology, I’m pretty sure I know how you would have responded. How do I know that? Because it’s not just teens addicted to their devices. It’s 30 yr olds, 40 yr olds, even 60 yr olds in the restaurant on their smart phones. So yeah, maybe you would have played on computers and technology as a child if you weren’t such a dinosaur. Okay. kidding. *uncalled for*

You're going to love these Maple Bacon Blondies! From the chewy blondie base, to the sweet maple frosting and salty bacon, these will be gone in no time!

It frustrates me to hear complaints about teenagers with their headphones and their music too loud. I recall being a teen once, with my walkman clipped to my high waisted Gloria Vanderbilt jeans sporting my Sony headphones and thinking I was “all that and a side of fries.” Flipping and rewinding my cassette tapes, like a boss. Taping the top 40 hits, and comparing them in a journal from the week before. Blaring my “boom box” in my room for hours, hiding out until dinner time. And yes, the music was LOUD.

So. Moral of the story? You were a teen once, right? Try to remember what YOU did. Maybe you were perfect. But maybe, just maybe, you were a little obsessed with Menudo music too. The key is, teaching balance. And how to stay safe on the internet. To teach them NOT to text and drive. And to expose them to GOOD music, like music of the 80’s, haha! Not necessarily take it away. Because then we would have to take away the political forums from the horribly behaved adults (hmm, actually not a bad idea). Seriously though, this world needs to learn how to embrace technology with our youth. Not shun it.

You're going to love these Maple Bacon Blondies! From the chewy blondie base, to the sweet maple frosting and salty bacon, these will be gone in no time!

And while I step off my soapbox, I’m going to say, embrace these Maple Bacon Blondies too. There are some of you who may cringe at the thought of salty bacon on top of your sweet frosting, while others are drooling at the mere thought of it.

These were so good I made them twice in one week. The base is my favorite blondie base (as seen in these macadamia nut blondies). And the frosting is a sweet maple buttercream.

I topped my blondies with some crunchy cooked bacon. You don’t want it undercooked and chewy. You want a CRUNCH. And if you can use maple bacon, more power to you!!

If you absolutely can’t fathom the thought of bacon on your blondies, leave it off. Just don’t tell me about it. Add some pecans instead. I won’t judge you on things I don’t know! I’ll leave that to the internet trolls who think all teens are evil.

You're going to love these Maple Bacon Blondies! From the chewy blondie base, to the sweet maple frosting and salty bacon, these will be gone in no time!

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Yield: 25 bars

Maple Bacon Blondies

Maple Bacon Blondies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

For the Blondies:

  • 1 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp maple flavoring

For the Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp maple flavoring
  • 2 Tbsp milk (I use skim)
  • 1/4 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, blend the brown sugar with melted butter. Add in eggs and vanilla, stir until combined. Add salt, flour, and maple flavoring, mixing until well blended. Pour into prepared baking dish.
  3. Bake for 32-35 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack.
  4. For the frosting, beat butter with powdered sugar, maple flavoring and milk until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Spread over COOLED blondies. Sprinkle with cooked bacon.
  5. Store in airtight container in refrigerator until serving (keeps for about 3 days).

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These Maple Bacon Blondies are the perfect sweet and salty dessert. From the chewy blondie base to the fluffy maple frosting and crispy bacon, each bite is delicious!

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23 comments on “Maple Bacon Blondies”

  1. I can’t say too much about the teen subject, because I have zero of them myself. BUT, I do have taste buds. And these Maple Bacon Blondies make their salty-sweet loving selves VERY VERY happy! Pinned!

  2. WOW!!! These are great!! And yes, we were all teenagers once and yet they will drive us crazy just like we just we use to do 🙂

  3. Amen! Love this and totally remember taping songs from the radio 🙂 Love these bars. Bacon gets me every time. Thanks for the link love. 🙂

  4. Malory Luse

    Oh my goodness, I need to make these for my bacon loving brother! They look absolutely delicious! 

  5. Mir

    Preach, Aimee! I teach high school and I talk to my teens all the time about tech use. They’re actually super worried about the generations to come! They admit they’re total addicts, but you’re right. It’s not their fault. We can’t create new technology and then get upset when people use it. And BTW, it’s not like we’re all not addicted to our phones!
    Walkman, ha. I LOVED my Walkman.
    These look super good!

  6. Amen, Amen, Amen! And these blondies? WANT. PINNED!

  7. Crazy. Just this morning, I was thinking about my 8-year-old. He’s begging for a phone. Then it dawned on me the exact same thing you said: if I had technology at his age, you bet your grandma’s stockings that I would have played with it! … He’s still not getting a phone. Maybe next year. 🙂 
    ps. Maple and bacon.. YUM!

  8. AMEN sista!! Preach it. Technology is part of today’s world. Our kids need to know that life and people have a place, but when they’re going to be on a screen a lot of the time. That’s just how it is today!
     And I’m totally on board with these, you know I am!! Maple bacon heaven!!

  9. these look as the autumn days, the recipe is great and it’s a perfect dessert, I LOVE THEM

  10. Omg, these look insane. As in, I need to make them right now.

  11. Thanks a ton for the shout out–you know I love my salty and sweet and these look awesome! And I hear you about the teen thing. I don’t have any yet (getting closer–eek!) but I did hear a (frankly old) lady complaining about the new generation work ethic the other day in the most sweeping, obscene manner. I really wanted to say something but could tell it wasn’t worth my breath. And yeah I was always plugged into my headphones too. Still might be if I didn’t have to listen for the kids!

  12. It just makes me laugh when people rant about the internet and how much time people are on technology.  If it had been here 20 or 30 years ago, it would still be the same as today.  People are going to use what is available to them.  We do not have any dictionaries or encyclopedias in our house because google is great!  Our kids do so much of their homework online now too.  But I’m still not convinced on the bacon on my sweets…I still have to have it with cheese and ranch! LOL!  They do look pretty good though!!! Maybe one day you will convince me go over to the bacon/sweet dark side!

  13. Linda Kish

    I bought my first computer when my son was four (1989) because I knew he would need to know all about them y the time he started school and I never regretted it. In second grade, he taught his teacher how to do things on the computer as ell as the rest of the class. 

    All teenagers have been the bane of existence for their parents, I think. But, somehow, we all survive and have kids of our own.

    I love all of this technology and can’t understand how people my age (66) don’t all embrace it.  

    And, I can’t wait to try your recipe.

  14. These look so amazing. What a great combination of flavors. I bet they were spectacular.

  15. Mmmm, awesome blondies!!
    And I JUST noticed your note about “shugary” being correct…lol! It made me giggle.

  16. These brownies are beyond amazing!!!

  17. Bacon makes everything better, no doubt about that! And this is one recipe to put on my “must try” list. Thanks for sharing!

  18. These are a wickedly good combination! Yesterday I went to dinner with my friends, and we were all on your phones while we waited for our check 🙂

  19. Amber

    Can’t wait to try this recipe they look great!

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