|Looks can be deceiving!|
Even though the bars had a solid consistency and looked great, they didn't taste great. The blondie bottoms were neither very sweet nor very flavorful (yet they were probably the best part of the bar). Meanwhile, the caramel tasted slightly burnt. Caramel is difficult to make, so I may have cooked it for too long or made some other mistake. But, many Epicurious recipe reviewers also had trouble, so the recipe might need some tweaking, too. I'm not going to write out the recipe here, but feel free to view the original.
In the end, I whipped up a batch of fudgy brownies instead of serving these blondie bars at the party. If you do make these bars and you're successful, please let me know how you do it! I believe they have the potential to be incredible.