Peanut Butter Cup Blondies

A nice square meal.

My good friends know that my favorite food combination is chocolate and peanut butter. I made these peanut butter cup blondies last week for Dream Day Spa’s guests and they loved them. Of course, it took all of my composure to actually take them to the spa instead of digging into the entire box of them right then. They’d have found me passed out with chocolate all over my face and peanut butter on my breath (again.)

It’s a really easy recipe; you don’t even need to pull out the mixer. If your school hasn’t banned all things peanut, I think it is the perfect treat to bring for a classroom party. The recipe hails from Cooking Light, so you can pretend they’re really healthy. They only have 153 calories per bar if you cut them into 20 bars. Definitely use a metal pan. I tried with both metal and glass and metal works much better.

5.6 oz all-purpose flour (about 1/14 cups but weigh if you can)
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup butter, melted & slightly cooled
2 Tbsp 2% reduced fat milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup semisweet chocolat chips
4 peanut butter cups, coarsely chopped

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. COmbine flour and next 3 ingredients (through salt), stirring well with a whisk. Combine peanut butter and next 4 ingredients (through eggs), stirring well. Add peanut butter mixture to flour mixture; stir until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
3. Scrape batter into a 9-inch square metal baking pan lightly coated with cooking spray, and arrange the peanut butter cups over batter. Bake at 350 for 19 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs clinging. Cool in pan completely on wire rack.

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About Chef Ro

I am executive chef of Barcellona Bites, a boutique catering and personal chef service in Folsom, CA. I am also a wife, mom of two college-aged daughters in the Pacific Northwest, yogi and animal lover. Please LIKE my facebook page for tasty recipes, helpful information and kitchen, cooking and lifestyle tips. www.facebook.com/barcellonabites
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