Recipe by appleydapply
Chocolate-y peanut-buttery goodness! These bar cookies will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth! I found this recipe in America's Test Kitchen's Family Baking Book. I wanted to make their Lunchbox Peanut Butter Brownies but didn't have unsweetened chocolate on hand, so I decided to try something else for my chocolate-peanut butter fix. The Test Kitchen suggests letting the blondies cool for 2 hours before removing from the pan. Ha ha - as if anybody could wait that long! They are also most delicious when slightly warm. So I wait only 1 hour, just enough time for them to cool and firm up a bit before removing from the pan.
- 1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
- 1 1⁄2 cups packed light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1⁄2 cup crunchy peanut butter (NOT natural-style)
- 1⁄2 cup peanut butter chips
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1⁄4 cup chopped dry roasted salted peanut
Directions See How It's Made
- Place an oven rack in the middle of your oven and preheat the oven to 350.
- Using a 20" length of aluminum foil, line a 13x9 baking pan. You should have a few inches left on each short end with which to lift the brownies out when they are done. Grease the foil well with shortening or butter.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the melted, cooled butter, and the brown sugar. Whisk in the eggs and vanilla. Whisk in the peanut butter until combined.
- Add the flour mixture to the large bowl and stir just until combined. (don't overmix). Stir in the peanut butter chips, chocolate chips, and chopped peanuts.
- Spread the batter in the prepared pan, smoothing the top. Bake 30 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the cooking time. Test for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center - no more than a few crumbs should remain on the toothpick. They're probably done by now, but if the toothpick has batter sticking to it, bake for another 5 minutes.
- Place the entire pan on a wire rack to cool for 1 hour. (otherwise they are too soft to remove).
- Using the ends of the foil, carefully lift the blondies out of the pan and place on a cutting board. Cut into bars and remove from foil. Mine don't stick to the foil at all (I grease it liberally) so when I cut them, I don't cut into the foil and they remove easily. If yours are sticking, check the bottoms of your blondies for bits of foil. I haven't had that problem with this recipe, but I have with other, stickier, recipes, and nobody likes to bite into a piece of foil!
- They should still be slightly warm and gooey after the 1 hour. Enjoy them that way, and store any leftovers tightly covered.