I’ve done a darn good job of deleting all the 12 Days of Cookies emails that keep arriving in my inbox in droves.
But I couldn’t possibly delete them all, now could I? All those lovely, festive, sugary new recipes calling out to be tried. Besides, I had a Secret Pal to think about!
When I saw an email with “PB and J Blondie” in the subject line, my cursor hovering over “delete” slowly moved down until it rested over that tantalizing title.
Peanut butter anything sounds good to me, so Peanut Butter and Jelly Blondies were too much to resist. You can find the original recipe here.
I gave a half-dozen of these treats to my Secret Pal and took the rest to share with my scrapbooking buddies. One gal in particular fell head-over-heals for them.
You know who you are.
As for me, I thought they were good, but I probably won’t make them again. I often try to break away from always needing to have a chocolatey dessert, but the truth is that is what I like the best! If they sound good to you, though, I encourage you to try them. You’ll probably love them, just like my friend did.
PB and J Blondies
- 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) salted butter, melted and cooled, plus more for greasing
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
- 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup peanut butter chips
- 3/4 cup crushed roasted peanuts
- 1/2 cup raspberry, strawberry or grape preserves (I used strawberry)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and set the rack to the middle position. Place two overlapping sheets of greased parchment or foil in a 9- by 13-inch baking dish, so they form a cross and hang over the ends by at least 1 inch.
Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. In another bowl, mix the melted butter and brown sugar until combined. Add in the eggs and vanilla, and mix until combined. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and gently fold with a spatula until uniform. Fold in the peanut butter chips and peanuts.
Pour the batter into the baking dish and spoon on the preserves. Using a skewer or knife, make swirly patterns into the batter with the preserves. Bake until the top is shiny and a cake tester comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool in the dish on a wire rack. Using the ends of the foil or parchment, lift the blondies out the dish. Cut into 24 squares and serve!