***Oops, I accidentally posted early. I hit publish instead of save. Sorry.
I made the Peanuttiest Blondies a couple days ago that were chosen for Tuesdays With Dorie this week. They were chosen by Nicole of Bakeologie and you can get the recipe for them on her blog. These were super simple to make (one of the great things about bar cookies). If you love peanuts and chocolate, you’ll love these blondies.
I used crunchy peanut butter and instead of 1 cup of peanuts, I used 1/2 cup Reese’s peanut butter chips and 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts. (Dry roasted was all I could find at the grocery store. Whatever. These would have been fantastic with peanuts like THESE! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, absolutely the best peanuts I’ve ever had were given to me by a neighbor in Kansas who had been to Virginia and gotten us some Whitley's Peanuts. They have a great website and I really want some more of those peanuts, if they weren’t so darn expensive. Someday I’ll get some more.
I used milk chocolate chips in these. I just think milk chocolate goes with peanut butter—like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I followed the recipe, except I omitted the cinnamon and baked these for 38 minutes. The recipe says 40-50. I think they could have even used a few minutes less. I cut all the edges off that I thought were too crispy. A bunch of these went in to the freezer as it WAS just Halloween and we’re kind of overloaded with sugar around here right now.
I’ve decided something for myself that is quite profound. Just kidding. But I think I like the chocolate/peanut butter combo when chocolate is the key flavor, rather than peanut butter taking center stage and chocolate just hanging out. You know what I mean? I actually just decided that when I looked up those peanuts I liked so much and the recipes I made with them. I made a brownie-like bar with peanuts added. (Link on THESE up a few paragraphs.) Either way, these TWD Peanuttiest Blondies are really good and I’d make them again sometime. I like the idea Valerie at Une Gamine dans la Cuisine posted on the TWD P&Qs. She covered her blondies with a chocolate ganache. That sounds really good.
This would actually be a great recipe to use up some of that Halloween candy with, especially Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and/or Peanut M&Ms or any of the chocolate bars. Go for it!