Monday, November 22, 2010
Peanut Butter Blondies
Did you know this month was National Peanut Butter Lovers Month? Neither did I until I heard it mentioned on the radio yesterday! Good thing I made these peanut butter blondies to celebrate!
Well actually, I only made them because I found a jar of peanut butter on super duper sale AND I had a coupon. Oh well, any excuse to eat peanut butter is fine by me!
These bars actually didn’t turn out as peanut buttery as I wanted them at first. After eating half the pan, I decided they needed frosting. Peanut butter frosting. The frosting was the perfect accompaniment to the bars and really kicked them up a notch. The frosting is so delicious and fluffy I had a hard stopping myself from eating all the frosting before it made it onto the blondies.
The edges of the blondies are very crunchy when they first come out of the oven but soften over time. I actually liked these best the day after they were baked! These bars are easy to make and would make a wonderful addition to your Thanksgiving dessert table this week! I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!!
Peanut Butter Blondies
Adapted from Baking: From My Home to Yours
Makes 16 servings
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (I prefer it without the cinnamon)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
5 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet or milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablspoons milk
For the blondies:
Preheat the over tn 350. Grease a 9-inch square pan.
In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon (if using), baking soda, and salt.
In a large bowl, mix the peanut butter and butter on medium speed for 1 minute. Add both sugars and beat for an additional 2 minutes. Add in the eggs, one at time, beating for 1 minute after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract. Reduce mixer speed to low and add in the dry ingredients. Mix only until the dry ingredients are incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Spread the dough into the prepared pan and bake until the blondies turn a VERY deep honey brown, about 40-50 minutes. Cool completely before frosting (I stuck mine in the freezer for a bit to chill them completely before frosting).
For the frosting:
Mix the butter and peanut butter together on medium speed for 1 minute. Slowly add in the sugar and milk. Beat on high for 3 minutes.