Sunday, March 16, 2008
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Blondies
Believe it or not but I actually had NO plans for today. It is so rare that I actually have a Sunday free from any obligations that I almost (notice I say *almost*) get bored. To keep myself occupied I decided to bake. Deciding to bake is the easy part, deciding what to bake is tricky. I didn't want to make a complete mess out of my kitchen and I didn't have a lot of time to let something rise. I'm also limited by the fact that I don't really enjoy cooked fruit. You may have noticed a complete lack of any fruit pies, cobblers, filling etc. on my blog. It's something that I am working on, but I the thought of apple pie makes me gag. Sorry, maybe that was TMI. Anyway, Jesse requested that I make something with the Reese cups that we bought earlier today and I immediately thought of blondies. Lucky for me I was blog surfing and I came accross the perfect recipe!
The recipe came together pretty quickly, I was a little concerned because the dough seemed really dry and crumbly so I added just a bit more milk. But in the end it came out just fine. Rich and peanut-buttery. Just like I like my dessert.
Chocolate And Peanut Butter Filled Peanut Butter Blondies
(Source: Cooking In an Apron; Adapted from The Savory Notebook)
3/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margaine, softened
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
8-oz. pkg REESE'S Milk Chocolate Baking Pieces Filled with Peanut Butter Creme (or substitute 3/4 cup chocolate chips & 1/2 peanut butter chips)
Heat oven to 350*F.
Grease 8- or 9-inch baking pan.
Beat peanut butter, butter, and sugars in a large bowl until well blended. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; add to peanut butter mixture, beating until well blended. Mix in chocolate chips. Spread batter in prepared pan.
Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.
About 16 bars.