What's better than a blondie?
How about a peanut butter blondie?
And even better than that...how about two layers of peanut butter blondie sandwiched around sweet, rich, strawberry ice cream?
Forget blonde. Forget brunette. One bite of this confection and you'll only see strawberry blond(ie).
Starting out with my favorite blondie recipe (from the absolutely wonderful book All American Desserts by Judith M. Fertig) made awesomer with a decadent dose of creamy peanut butter, the addition of ice cream is hardly necessary, but it sure is welcome: the strawberry flavor with the peanut butter give an echo to the classic peanut butter and jelly pairing, but this end result is far sweeter--the perfect summery indulgence.
Here's how you make the magic happen in your own kitchen.
Strawberry Blondie Ice Cream Sandwiches
- Makes 12-24, depending on how big you want 'em -
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup peanut butter (I used Mighty Maple)
- 2/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 2 cups packed dark brown sugar
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- To fill: 1-2 pints (depends how hungry you are) strawberry ice cream--do yourself and buy a good kind.
- Preheat your oven to 350 F. Lightly grease and parchment-line a 9x13 or 8x8-inch pan (I used 8x8 for fat, thick blondies).
- It's time to make the blondie batter. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium-sized mixing bowl. Stir in the pecans or walnuts (or no nuts, if you don't want 'em) and set aside.
- With an electric mixer, beat the melted butter and brown sugar together in a large mixing bowl. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture, bit by bit, mixing well after each addition. I added in the peanut butter last, mixing until incorporated. The batter was super thick; spread it into your pan.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out mostly clean when inserted in the center. If anything, it's better (taste-wise) to err on slightly under-baked.
- Let cool completely. Cut into squares.
- Cut each square in half lengthwise and place a dollop of strawberry ice cream on top of the bottom half. Put the top half on top of the ice cream to form a sandwich. Wrap in waxed paper or plastic wrap and lightly flatten with hands to make the ice cream flush with the blondie layer. Chill in the freezer for several hours before serving. Eat immediately after removing from the freezer.