Sometimes Fridays come in the nick of time, like a life raft, just when you think you don’t have any more in you. Finally, there it is like a perky invitation to your weekend; a weekend that surely (God willing) will be better than the week before it. These peanut butter chocolate chip blondies are my celebration toast to Fridays.
Skip the champagne and any other hoopla, just give me a big, fat rich peanut butter cookie bar decked out with my favorite darkest chocolate chips (Ghirardelli) and I am ready to get this party started.
No, my week was not THAT bad, and I certainly hope yours was not either, but any way you look at it Fridays are a reminder that there is still a “you” in there somewhere and a life that can be pretty cool. A you who wants to sleep in or jump up at the crack of dawn to bake, not get ready for work or school. A you who does not answer to a page over the intercom, nor meets deadlines for other people, nor carpools kids to school.
It’s easy to forget who you are sometimes when you are wrangling children, appeasing clients, studying for exams or just trying to get through the week with as little incidents as possible. Life is lived in the fastlane for most of us.
We are whizzing on freeways (or stopped dead still if you are in Los Angeles like I am), pushing through work at lightning speed or harassing our kids to get their homework done…the pace never stops and sometimes we feel like we are on a broken treadmill, set at the fastest speed and the emergency stop button is nowhere to be found. And yet, we find we are still behind somehow. HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?!
How are we always behind in everything we want to accomplish? Whether it’s as simple as a huge pile of laundry or as complicated as completing a critical project for work or school, why are we always just a hair behind where we want to be? Why isn’t here, right where we are, never quite good enough?
So while I contemplate life’s pace and meaning here with my plate of blondies and my tall, cold glass of milk, I have decided for one moment in my life to be happy with where I am and what I am doing right now…eating a yummy peanut butter blondie and finishing my latest post. If only I had already washed the stack of peanut butter coated dishes…
Peanut Butter Blondies
Changed just a smidge From Dorie Greenspan’s recipe in Baking From My Home to Yours
Makes about 24 1.5×1.5 inch Blondies
2 c. all purpose flour
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
3/4 t. ground cinnamon
1 c. crunchy or creamy peanut butter (not the oil separated type)
1/2 c. + 2T. (10 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 c. granulated sugar
1 1/2 c. packed light brown sugar
1 t. pure vanilla extract
2 c. coarsely chopped peanuts (or only 1 c. if you just want to sprinkle them on top like I did)
1 c. good quality chocolate chips –Ghirardelli bittersweet is my budget-friendly fave
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 9×13 rectangular dish with foil as seen in one of the photos above. Spray coat or butter the foil (I spray coated and it worked excellently).
Whisk together the dry ingredients from flour to cinnamon. In a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or use a hand beater and combine butter and peanut butter on medium speed and beat until smooth. Add sugars and beat for 1 -2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time and beat in between each addition. I like to crack my eggs individually in a liquid measuring cup to see if it’s a bad egg. That way I don’t ruin my batter with one bad egg. Add the vanilla and beat on medium speed until all ingredients are combined.
Add 1/2 of the flour mixture and combine on low speed. Add the last 1/2 of the flour mixture. Mix on medium speed ONLY until all ingredients are adequately incorporated. Do not over mix. Scrape down the sides of the bowl now and then in between beating. Pour the batter into your prepared pan and bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean and they feel firm to the touch. They should be a nice golden brown.
Wait until they cool completely to carefully lift the blondies out of the pan and invert onto a cutting board, gripping the aluminum foil. Peel away the foil and cut into squares when cool.
February 18, 2011 at 6:03 pm
Oh your blondies look just divine! I love peanut butter and this is just such an amazing recipe! Awesome photos..
You and your blog are special to me..when I started blogging(on my old blog) you were the first person to comment..oh the joy!!!:)) So thanks for keeping your writing and recipes so real and delicious!
February 18, 2011 at 7:43 pm
Thank you for the photo compliments! I thought my whole page looked too brownish orange…all one color.
February 18, 2011 at 7:39 pm
Peanut butter and chocolate is such a winning combination, and these blondies look like the best way to end a work week (or in my case, a school week) 🙂
I absolutely love how you managed to perfectly sum up how I’ve been feeling lately…like I’m constantly behind in everything, even really simple things, yet life is going by so fast 😐
Great post and I can’t wait to hopefully try these sometime in the near future!!
February 18, 2011 at 7:45 pm
Glad this post hit home. I think most of us feel that way! Misery enjoys company. ;P
February 19, 2011 at 6:46 am
Geni, as usual, another delicious-looking post! I’m recognizing you with a Stylish Blogger Award, because your blog is one that I find myself returning to for inspiration again and again. If you’d like to read about it and pass it on, I’ve posted about it here: http://midwesternexposure.wordpress.com/2011/02/19/better-than-flowers/
February 19, 2011 at 6:56 am
Thank you so much! Have a great weekend!
February 19, 2011 at 7:11 am
These look SO good and I’m sure would make an awesome Friday treat!
February 19, 2011 at 9:43 am
These look like a wonderful way to enjoy a quiet moment. I hope you get some downtime this weekend. Your blondies look really delicious. Blessings…Mary
February 19, 2011 at 11:03 am
Yum….an excellent way to celebrate a friday. 😉
February 19, 2011 at 1:04 pm
yum! those look so good! >.<
February 21, 2011 at 2:20 am
Thanks to all for the nice comments!
February 19, 2011 at 11:31 pm
Wow those blondies look amazing! They look so soft and moist. Drool!
February 20, 2011 at 6:24 am
oooh those look way too good!
February 20, 2011 at 7:04 am
Fridays are definitely absolutely for sure THE best day. There is so much promise and life ahead of you! The world is your oyster! AND there are peanut butter blondies to be eaten! Best part of all.
February 21, 2011 at 2:19 am
Cheers! Hope your weekend was fantastic!
February 20, 2011 at 12:13 pm
These look so good! Peanut butter is always a winner 🙂
ps- every Wednesday I feature recipes from all around blogland and I’d love for you to stop by!
February 20, 2011 at 2:15 pm
These look so good. Definitely what I need after a long week.
I love your writing, I dont think I say that enough because Im so focused on your recipes.
You totally hit home with this post. I always feel like Im so far behind, and nomatter what I do I’ll never catch up. Its like life is constantly getting in the way of actually living.
February 21, 2011 at 2:18 am
Thanks for reading! I am never sure how many people actually read the post as opposed to skipping to the recipe. Both are fine by me, but it’s nice to know someone out there is reading it! 🙂
February 20, 2011 at 7:20 pm
cheers to Friday!! I am taking an extra long weekend this weekend and sometimes you need a whole day just to catch up with life!! I don’t know how it happens either, but these blondies look like just the perfect treat to get through those tough days!
February 21, 2011 at 2:20 am
Blondies are the perfect way to get through a tough day, a good day or any other day! 😉
February 21, 2011 at 8:22 am
My whole family are peanut butter junkies. I am definitely making these. Yuuuuuum!!
February 21, 2011 at 7:08 pm
Oh I need these. Ever since I made the PB cake, which you also made, I’ve been on a PB kick. I mean, I’m always on a PB kick, but now I want it in all my baked goods! I have an eye on a PB caramel pound cake. It will happen.
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September 12, 2011 at 10:16 pm
sort of off the cuff…but, I have been scrolling backwards through your recipes looking for bars…
What do you have in the way of an energy type bar..or granola bar….that stays intact when sliced? Pretty firm I guess….is mostly what is needed..or some sort of great glue. So far I have several bars..one is even a Martha Stewart…and tastes amazing… .but, none are staying totally together when sliced…. a bit annoying when I want to take them along for a round of golf….
September 13, 2011 at 5:31 am
I don’t have an energy bar recipe but I’ll give it some thought because I know one of the blogs I follow has one. You may want to go to Try It You Might Like It from my blogroll.
September 14, 2011 at 10:09 am
thanks Geni….I’m off to check it out…..