Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Peanut Butter Chocolate Blondies

There is something wonderful about making treats in a large pan that you can just cut up and serve. Everyone like a cookie, but when you're pressed for time or want something that is easy to transport, making bars is often a great alternative. Brownies, blondies, all kinds of squares and bars, have a long history in our collective memories of goodies we love to eat.

I make a fair amount of brownies. There's something about a rich, moist, chocolate square of goodness that makes one feel good about the world! And while brownies are always popular, sometimes you just have to change things up. These peanut butter chocolate blondies provide a diversion from the norm, but still deliver a lot of smiles. Great with a cold glass of milk or a hot cup of coffee, try these the next time you're looking for something different that is quick to make and easy to enjoy!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Blondies

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup peanut butter (smooth or chunky, whatever you prefer)
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla
12 oz (1 bag) chocolate chips (semi-sweet, milk or dark)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl, mix flour, salt and baking powder and set aside. Using a mixer, beat butter and brown sugar until smooth. Add peanut butter and beat to combine. Then add eggs, corn syrup and vanilla and beat to combine all ingredients. On low speed, add flour mixture to wet batter until completely incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips.

Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick spray. Spread batter into pan evenly and bake in oven for 35 minutes or until golden brown on top. Remove from oven and cool completely on rack. Cut into bars and enjoy!

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