Hey all, these are my very favorite bar cookie recipe hands down, and even though it’s a re-post, it’s a good one. A really good one. And it’s been one heck of a week so the TGIF sentiments definitely apply to the here and now. Wishing everyone a great weekend and a note to check back soon; I made a life altering pizza yesterday that will make it here shortly with horrible night time pics and all. Night time photos are the worst!
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.
January 6, 2012 at 11:09 am
You make such a simple dessert look so gourmet. These look fantastic.
January 6, 2012 at 11:48 am
Oh my gosh, this looks so perfect for a friday celebration 🙂
January 6, 2012 at 11:48 am
Oh Geni, I’d love to drown my sorrows in these!! You spare no expense in filling these up with plenty of goodness….chips and peanuts galore!! TGIF and hope you have a great weekend – I’ll be looking forward to your pizza post!!
January 6, 2012 at 12:20 pm
Your TGIF segment was inspiring 😉
I just recently moved into my first apartment with my husband, not what I imagined but at least we have our bed and tv. Well, hopefully by the end of this month we’ll be able to get our fridge, pots, baking pans, plate set, utensils and some food in this place.
What I’m just saying is…….in celebration of our move and getting the needed items above, I feel your Peanut Butter Blondies will be the best way of celebrating our first move. 🙂
Thank you for sharing the scrumshus recipe. Can’t wait to try it!
January 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm
ohmygosh! Those look amazing and if I wasn’t trying to lose 40 pounds, I would be maing a batch (or two) of these right now! 🙂
January 6, 2012 at 12:37 pm
or making* lol
January 6, 2012 at 1:29 pm
Oh, I know what you mean. But these blondies would help me get through!
January 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm
Blondies are high on my list, and with choc chips and peanut butter, where could you go wrong? Sounds like good medicine for a long week indeed. 🙂
January 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm
Oh, Geni! Is it wrong of me to want to take a big spoonful of that batter and disappear somewhere to enjoy it, unmolested by any one or any thing? You know, my own little TGIF party. Oh, well. I’ll be good and wait till they’re all baked and everything. You’re not making this very easy, you know.
January 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm
That looks so decadent and gooood! You’re making it extremely difficult to stick to my healthier eating plan, arrrggggh! 🙂
January 6, 2012 at 5:33 pm
I feel your pain taking pictures at night. My lighting in the house is currently horrible, so it is always a challenge. Great teaser with the pizza though and those blondies look great.
January 6, 2012 at 5:35 pm
These look so good! 🙂
January 6, 2012 at 6:37 pm
I love blondies but blondies with peanut butter is kicking it up one more notch. Take Care, BAM.
January 6, 2012 at 9:39 pm
I prefer blondies over brownies, so these look delicious to me!
January 6, 2012 at 10:18 pm
I am wondering why I am so excited just to see a photo of these delicious and delectable Peanut Butter Blondies lol. I really am excited and can’t wait to make them
January 7, 2012 at 5:45 am
TGIF is RIGHT. Especially if I had these cookies sititng on my counter. WANT. These are about to be MY favorite bar cookie also…I can tell.
January 7, 2012 at 7:43 am
Awesome post, girl. As much as I relished every minute of my girl’s night out last night, I am enjoying a lazy morning home with my kids today. It’s going to be a GREAT weekend. If for no better reason than it is FINALLY weekend. Have a fabulous one as well!
January 7, 2012 at 8:02 am
You can repost deliciousness like this anytime you want. 🙂 YUM! And I’m with you – nighttime pics are awful! I’ve got some of those coming up too. Just couldn’t be avoided. Hope you’re off to a good weekend Geni.
January 7, 2012 at 9:06 am
I missed the first post on these, so I sure am glad you re-posted! I adore chocolate and peanut butter together and these look divine. Am having a chili party later in the month and I think these just may be the ticket for dessert. Thanks for the recipe!
January 7, 2012 at 9:34 am
I’ve been indulging in a love affair with peanut butter recently, and in blondies… forget about it!!
January 7, 2012 at 2:11 pm
I’m right with you forget about the champagne, give me a plateful of deliciousness and I’m there with you! I am a huge peanut butter fan so I can’t wait to try this recipe. Mmm.
yeah, I know what you mean about night time pic but even my daytime pics look look terrible….maybe b/c I need some food styling and food photography 101 classes or something. lol oh, well! Have a great weekend!
January 7, 2012 at 10:59 pm
Perfect way to celebrate a Friday! I could sure have used some of these yesterday. I think I may need one on Monday as well. Or any other day, for that matter. Yum!
January 8, 2012 at 1:39 pm
Oh Geni, I’ve had a couple of weeks were I don’t remember what “me” means!
I know that making these would make up for all that
January 8, 2012 at 6:01 pm
Yum!!! And I hope your weekend refreshed you for a better week. 🙂 Hugs, friend!
January 11, 2012 at 7:48 am
These look amazing! I am going to make some today. I would love to share the recipe on my site if that is ok with you – many of my friends would absolutely love these! With credit given to you, of course.
January 11, 2012 at 7:52 am
Of course, you can share it. Thanks for the comment and they are actually Dorie’s recipe, not mine so feel free to give her all the credit.
January 12, 2012 at 4:35 am
Ah ! Yum yum yum ….
I am trying to lose some weight, stop posting such sinful stuff.
How do you manage to lose any weight in your group? Are you playing around with the weighing scale ?
Thaz why I never buy peanut butter, either I’ll end up eating spoonfuls or making sinful cookies. 🙂