Do you love peanut butter?

Did you know I love peanut butter? I mean LOVE peanut butter. Not in a romantic way, but in a mouth watering, makes my taste buds sing kinda way.

As I am getting older, not old, just older, I’m growing out of the idea that a dessert has to be based around chocolate. I now understand that a freaking amazing, mouth watering, makes you jump in the air with excitement, dessert can be based on something other then chocolate; peanut butter.

Now that I am back to almost 100% functioning, I am baking up a storm. Saturday morning I woke up super early with lots of excitement and anticipation about what I would bake that day. We were going to a friend’s house to play poker that night and I said I would bring some dessert. I wanted to bring something that was finger food. But I didn’t want to just whip up a batch of cookies or cupcakes. And I just made brownies a couple days before, so that idea was out. As I started to feel overwhelmed by what I couldn’t make, I quickly realized 1 thing I could, and wanted to, make. Blondies. And I could add peanut butter and make them extra delicious. I felt content with my decision. And after you make these, you will understand why I was so content with it. I can’t say I am in love with these, because I am in love with my husband (ahh, how romantic of me). But I can say, with confidence, that these are one of my all time favorite desserts.

 

Peanut Butter Blondies = Heaven in my mouth

Peanut Butter Blondies = Heaven in my mouth

Ingredients

    Peanut Butter Blondies:
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (you can use natural or the processed stuff)
  • 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 cup milk chocolate chips
  • Peanut Butter Frosting:
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup half and half
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt

Instructions

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, lightly pressing them into the batter.

Bake for 25 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan.

For the frosting: Mix all the frosting ingredients in a bowl with a hand mixer. Beat for about 2-3 minutes; until all the ingredients are incorporated. Spread onto the cooled blondies. Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips.

Cut into 15 large squares, serve and enjoy with a glass of ice cold milk!

http://www.fatgirltrappedinaskinnybody.com/2010/02/peanut-butter-blondies-heaven-in-my-mouth/

Peanut Butter Blondies Recipe adapted from My Kitchen Addiction

Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe adapted from Ina Garten

 

 

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