I am excited to announce that I am submitting these cookies to be featured as a part of Deck the Blogs on Oprah.com! Be sure to check out all of the great recipes and holiday ideas from all of the featured food bloggers!
Ever since I saw that Kamran from The Sophisticated Gourmet chose brown sugar as this week’s Blogger Secret Ingredient, I have been thinking about making blondies. When I think of brown sugar, I instantly think of cookies (and candied sweet potatoes, but that’s another recipe). Since I just made coconut lime cookies last week, I decided to mix it up a bit and make some blondies this week. Besides, sometimes it’s nice to just pour batter into a pan and walk away for 25 minutes!
I was extremely pleased with how these blondies turned out (I feel like I have redeemed myself for my burnt cookie bottoms the other night!). I adapted the recipe from the blondie recipe in my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, adding the peanut butter and adjusting the other ingredients accordingly. The resulting cookie bars were dense, chewy, and super delicious with the undeniable flavors of brown sugar and peanut butter!
Before I get to the recipe, though, I must add a quick note about my total respect for real food photographers. I have seen some pretty amazing photos! While I would love to someday be a writer/photographer, I am well aware of the fact that I am far from what I would consider to be a “real” photographer… I just like to take pictures, and I get lucky sometimes (more often, I don’t). When I started taking pictures of my blondies, I decided that I would attempt a milk dunking shot. Easier said than done. Two “photo shoots” and a huge mess later, I settled on the picture you see here on the left.
There are other, more interesting, photos that I will share in another blog post in the next few days. Until then, enjoy some peanut butter blondies dunked in milk!
Peanut Butter Blondies
(Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens)
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 2 cups dark brown sugar (I prefer dark, so that’s what I use)
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup peanuts
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch by 13-inch pan and set aside.
In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and brown sugar, stirring constantly until smooth. Remove from the heat, and stir in the peanut butter. Allow to cool while combining the dry ingredients – flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt – in a large mixing bowl.
Add the eggs, one at a time, to the brown sugar and peanut butter mixture, mixing well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract and stir to combine. Pour the mixture into the prepared dry ingredients, and stir to create a thick, smooth batter.
Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, spreading the batter evenly to the edges of the pan. Sprinkle with the milk chocolate chips and peanuts, lightly pressing them into the batter.
Bake for 25 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan. Cut into 1-2 inch squares and serve (with milk, if you like).