Peanut Butter Cup Blondies

20170817_163227Next week my oldest daughter starts Pre-K and I will have to leave her side for the first time. I’m not sure who this will be harder on but I’m going to guess it will be me. It has been bittersweet buying her school supplies, uniforms, and picking out a backpack and lunchbox. With all of the school planning going on I thought why not offer an easy to make & packable dessert for kid’s to take in their lunchbox…like a brownie.

20170817_163057Since my daughter likes only a little bit of chocolate I elected to make blondies with peanut butter cups to provide the hint of chocolate she craves without going overboard (not to mention chocolate doesn’t hold up well in the Florida summer heat). I also added some peanut butter chips to the batter to give these blondies a more pronounced peanut butter flavor.

20170817_161115For this recipe I used the mini unwrapped milk chocolate peanut butter cups from Trader Joe’s. They come in both milk or dark chocolate. I prefer the dark chocolate variety, but I know kids often prefer milk chocolate, so to please a wider audience I went with milk chocolate. Don’t be afraid to experiment with dark chocolate if you know everyone you share these with will enjoy the stronger flavor.

It really doesn’t matter if you opt to make these for a school lunch or an adult indulgence, if you love the classic combination of chocolate and peanut butter, you will surely love these peanut butter cup blondies!

 

Peanut Butter Cup Blondies

 

Ingredients:

  • 5.6 ounces (1 ¼ cups) All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • ½ tsp. Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp. Salt
  • 1/3 cup Creamy Peanut Butter (preferably natural)
  • ¼ cup (4 tbsp.) Unsalted Butter; melted & cooled slightly
  • 2 tbsp. Milk
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 2 large Eggs; lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup Peanut Butter Baking Chips
  • Mini Unwrapped Peanut Butter Cups (about 30)

 

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease a 9-inch metal baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir well with a whisk.
  3. In a separate bowl combine the peanut butter, butter, milk, vanilla, and eggs. Stir well. Add the peanut butter mixture to the flour mixture, stirring just until combined. Fold in the peanut butter chips.
  4. Scrape batter evenly into prepared baking pan. Arrange peanut butter cups over batter. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool in pan on a wire rack before serving.

 

RECIPE ADAPTED FROM: MAUREEN CALLAHAN
PHOTOGRAPHY & STAGING: PETER MENDOROS

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

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On a recent shopping trip, I was on a buy one get one free spree. Among the items I happened to get from the BOGO sale was Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups. I have had a hankering for peanut butter and chocolate lately after treating myself to a small Peanut Butter Brownie Blizzard from Dairy Queen one day on a long, hot drive home. Problem is I live too far from the nearest DQ to be going their often to fix my craving and also motherhood has left me strapped for much time outside of feeding and entertaining my infant daughter. So in order to balance the craving and the time restraint, I realized I hadn’t made a childhood simple favorite in quite some time… Rice Krispie Treats.

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With a little tweeking to the original back of the box formula, these Reese’s Rice Krispie Treats feel nostalgic but fresh and dressed up at the same time. If you love original Rice Krispies and have a tendency of snatching a pack of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in the candy aisle at the supermarket, then you will truly enjoy these.

 

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats 

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp. Butter, unsalted
  • 1 (10 oz.) bag Marshmallows
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter Chips, divided
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • ¼ tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 5 cups Rice Krispies Cereal
  • 1 cup Dry-Roasted Peanuts
  • 1 bag Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups, each peanut butter cup halved

 

Formula:

  1. Grease an 8 inch square baking pan (if you want a fewer number of treats that are tall, thicker squares) or a 13×9 inch baking pan (if you want a larger number of treats that are flatter). Melt butter in a large pot over low heat. Add marshmallows, ½ cup peanut butter chips, and salt. Cook while stirring constantly, until melted and smooth. Stir in the vanilla.
  2. Remove the pan from heat and stir in the Rice Krispies and peanuts until well incorporated. Scrape mixture into prepared pan and press into the bottom and corners with a greased rubber spatula. Allow to cool completely, about 1 hour.
  3. Melt the remaining peanut butter chips. Drizzle the melted chips over the cooled treats. Sprinkle the halved Peanut Butter Cups on the top of the treats. Allow to cool about 15 minutes more. Cut into squares and serve.

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

 

PETER MENDOROS – PHOTOGRAPHY  

RECIPE ADAPTED FROM JEREMY SAUER

 

 

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