12 months ago

Peanut Butter M&M Blondies

Who doesn’t love the classic combo of peanut butter and
chocolate? Treat your family to this easy dessert from Twin Cities food blogger
greens & chocolate.

One of my favorite
seasons has arrived: baking season! Between cookie swaps, cookie platters for
parties, making treats for my friends and coworkers – and obviously, making
cookies for Santa – I’m pretty much knee deep in butter between Thanksgiving
and New Years. Not a bad place to be, though, right?

While the holiday
season is known for cookies, I can’t help but switch it up every now and then
and make bars. Is there anything more Minnesotan than a plate of bars? Okay,
well maybe a hotdish is a little more Minnesotan, but still – bars just scream
‘Minnesota!’

I love baking bars
for lots of reasons. For my lazy baker self, they’re a lot easier than making
cookies. I can just make the batter, pour it all into a pan, pop them in the
oven and set my timer. Then I have a ton more time for important things like
Pinterest browsing and making funny faces at my son to make him laugh.  

This also leaves me
more time to start cleaning the hurricane of a mess I undoubtedly made in the
kitchen. This definitely comes after the Pinterest browsing and baby-face
making, but still – it gets done way sooner than if I make batch after batch of
cookies.

Another reason I love
bars (and particularly blondies)? The chewy edges! Of course I love the middle
pieces, too, but I really love a big edge piece that is part chewy edge and
part soft middle.  I know there are those
of you out there who prefer the soft middle pieces and guess what! We would be
perfect blondie-sharing friends. You take the middle pieces, I take the edges
and we can live in blondie-eating harmony.

These Peanut Butter
M&M Blondies have the perfect edge to middle ratio that blondies should
have, in my opinion. This comes from the combination of butter, lots of brown
sugar, eggs and a little bit of peanut butter. The peanut butter flavor isn’t
super overpowering, but is definitely noticeable. If you want more peanut
butter in your blondie, I would suggest using peanut butter M&Ms.  

Of course I also suggest
using the holiday M&Ms so you can bring these to each and every holiday
party you attend looking like a domestic rock star but secretly know they were
a breeze to whip up. It’ll be our little secret.  

Peanut Butter M&M Blondies

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (1 stick)
    unsalted butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • ½ cup creamy peanut
    butter
  • 2½ cups all-purpose
    flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking
    powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking
    soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups M&Ms

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to
    350 F. Grease 9×13” baking dish.

  2. In medium
    saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar, stirring until smooth. When it is
    smooth, remove from heat and add peanut butter. Allow to cool while combining
    the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 

  3. Add the eggs
    to the brown sugar and peanut butter mixture, one at a time, mixing well after
    each addition.

  4. Add the
    vanilla and stir to combine.

  5. Pour the
    mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until combined. It will be a thick,
    smooth batter. 

  6. Fold in 1 cup
    of the M&Ms.

  7. Pour into
    prepared baking dish and top with remaining ½ cup M&Ms, pressing them down
    into the batter.
     
  8. Bake for 25
    minutes. Top will be golden brown.

  9. Let cool
    completely. Cut into squares and enjoy!