CakeSpy Note: This is a guest post and recipe from Cake Gumshoe Julia, a 26 old wife, exercise fiend, and baking enthusiast. Her writing can be find at her site, Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body.
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 than chocolate: peanut butter.
Saturday morning I woke up super early with lots of excitement and anticipation about what I would bake that day--and I realized it must be 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. 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
Recipe adapted from My Kitchen Addiction
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 2 cups dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup 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 cup milk chocolate chips
Peanut Butter Frosting
Recipe adapted from Ina Garten
- 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
- 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.
- 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!
These are rich, dense, and simply delicious!