Calling all peanut butter lovers! I saw this recipe for Peanut Butter Blondies on Joy the Baker and I knew I had to try them because my boyfriend loves peanut butter desserts! She topped hers with a milk chocolate frosting which looked delicious, but, I opted for a mixture of melted milk chocolate chips and butterscotch chips for the top because I have been very into scotcheroos lately and it is the topping I use on them! I also filled the blondie batter with Reese's Pieces, mmmm mmmm good. The blondies are delicious, they are very dense, moist and chewy and are packed full of peanut butter flavor and caramelly brown sugar flavor. I also think these would taste great swirled with strawberry jelly and I also want to try them with the milk chocolate frosting! These are so worth making many more times!
Reese's Pieces Peanut Butter Blondies: (Joy of the Baker, adapted by me)
-5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 5 cubes
-1 cup light brown sugar
-1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
-1 large egg
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1 cup flour
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 cup Reese's Pieces
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a 9×9-inch baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and sugar together until the butter is just melted. Remove from the burner and allow to cool for 5 minutes, then add the peanut butter. Stir until incorporated. Allow to cool for 5 more minutes, then whisk in the eggs and vanilla extract.
Whisk together salt, flour and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Stir until just incorporated. Fold in the Reese's Pieces. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth out. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool for about 30 minutes. Pour the melted chocolate mixture over top and let set until topping is firm. Cut and serve. Store in an airtight container.
For the Topping:
-heaping 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
-heaping 1/2 cup butterscotch chips
Melt in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each one until melted and smooth, about 1 minute and 30 seconds.