These yummy dessert bars are flaky on the outside, yet fudgy on the inside. What better way to show your patriotism than bringing a batch of these Patriotic Peanut Butter Blondies to your next BBQ.
Last week my husband’s boat was accepting donations for an upcoming bake sale. Lots of people were donating goodies like cookies, Rice Krispy treats and muffins. While I love all the above, I wanted to make something different. With the help of my girlfriend Kara from Happy Go Lucky, I was able to make these Patriotic Peanut Butter Blondies.
I’ve never made a blondie before, in fact I had no idea what it was until now. What I learned is that it’s very similar to a cookie bar, the only difference is that blondies call for brown sugar exclusively; while cookie bars use granulated sugar. Either way, all I know is that these little squares were the perfect balance of sweet and nutty all at once.
Because I was making enough for a large crowd, I did a little experiment and made each batch differently. The first batch I made was with less chocolate chips and no peanut butter. The second batch I made contained twice the amount of chocolate, and a generous amount of peanut butter chips. Can you guess which one was the best?
You guessed it- more chocolate and peanut butter for the win!
- 2 c flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 2 brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 c butter, melted
- 1/2 peanut butter chips
- 1/4 c chocolate chips
- 1/4 c patriotic M & Ms
- Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.
- Line an 8 x 8 baking dish with parchment paper, and lightly spray with cooking spray.
- In a small bowl, combine the flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.
- In a medium sized sauce pan, melt the butter on medium-high heat. Once the butter is melted, add the brown sugar and vanilla until well combined.
- Add to the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Fold in the peanut butter chips, chocolate chips and M & Ms until well combined.
- Pour into baking dish, and bake for approximately 15-20 minutes. Top should begin to brown, and the middle should look set.
- Let cool completely before cutting
- Customize this recipe by adding in your own favorite goodies
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