Monday, November 01, 2010

TWD—Peanuttiest Blondies

***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.

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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.

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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!  

30 comments:

Eliana said...

Hmmm - Katrina! Your blondies look sinfully delicious.

jillbert said...

You're not the only one posting tonight - I've already read a few TWD posts! These would be great with some leftover Halloween candy!

Lisa said...

Ooohhh, these look good as always. I'm thinking Butterfinger bars as a mix-in.

Gloria said...

I'm not normally a blondies kind of girl, but these look pretty darn tasty...with peanut butter and chocolate...how can you go wrong? These look great!

Fallon said...

They look delicious. That is my favorite combo, chocolate and peanut butter.

Clivia said...

Yours look delicious! I used hazelnuts (too lazy to go to the store) and they had a great flavour too.

chocolatechic said...

Brilliant.


I, too, used peanut butter chips.

Mine don't look near as lovely as yours do.

Lisa Ernst said...

Love peanut butter and chocolate, and agree that peanut butter should be the secondary flavor after chocolate. I love Newman's Own peanut butter cups for this reason -- a really thick shell of chocolate surrounds the pb. Your blondies look great, and I love the idea of adding ganache.

Donna-FFW said...

Oh I love the thickness of these blondies.. they look totally scrumptious! PB and chocolate my fav combo!

briarrose said...

Looks yummy!

Pamela said...

Next time, I'm using milk chocolate, too. These look great, Katrina.

Tracy said...

These look so good! Too bad I'm allergic to peanuts or I'd be making these immediately!

cindy said...

I will bake mine less next time. Still delicious but edges were crisp. I think I better make another batch!

sarahe said...

yours look great! i baked mine for 40 minutes but should have taken them out way earlier-the edges were like rocks!

Jaime said...

wow i bet w/the PB chips your WERE peanuttiest!! i agree about the baking time - i took mine out at 38 and think 35-36 would have been good

Jessica of My Baking Heart said...

These look wonderful, Katrina! :) I'd love one right now!

Mimi said...

They looks perfectly delicious. I like Lisa's suggestion of adding butterfingers.Yum.
Mimi

Jeannette said...

your blondies look perfectly done and delicious!! i'm glad you liked them!

Flourchild said...

They look perfect! I love all the chocolate chips peeking thourgh! I don't think I ever get to frezzing any baked goods..we eat them up so quickly or I give them away!!

bakingwiththeboys said...

I think I overbaked mine too but they were still good. and we are DROWNING in candy. I took the rest of these to work...

Leslie said...

I remember when your neighbor gave you those p-nuts! Love the bars

Tracey said...

I made mine with mini pb cups and can confirm they're a good addition if you're looking to use up some of that Halloween candy :) Your blondies look terrific!

Mary said...

Yeah those looks ammmmazzzinggg!

Drooling!

Great blog!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

Kayte said...

They look great and they go amazingly well with your decor. I agree...easy easy, easy.

spike. said...

i get so many trick or treaters that there is no leftover candy in my house to use! Maybe I'll have to go buy some and use them to make this recipe. looks great

Julie said...

I do love chocolate and peanuts!! These look super :)

Nichi said...

beautiful! thanks for baking along :)

Nickki said...

Your blondies look so delicious! I could eat one right now, but mine are all gone!

megan said...

Your pictures are making me drool and I'm wanting now to go get my Dorie cookbook off the shelf! I'm afraid it's a bit dusty. :(

Valerie said...

Thanks for the link-to!

I love the idea of adding peanut butter chips to these, the only problem is my inability to not eat the entire bag before actually using it in a recipe. My edges were crispy too (mine did that sink-in-the-middle thing.) Still great though!

Amazing pics! I wish I had one right now. :-)