Peanut Butter Blondies from The Chef Next Door by Amanda Freitag

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PEANUT BUTTER BLONDIES

Peanut Butter BlondiesMakes 12 Squares

As a chocolate lover, I could easily have filled this chapter with chocolate-based recipes, but I had to restrain myself. So instead of my brownie recipe, here’s a peanut butter blondie recipe that I adore. But don’t worry—I still manage to sneak chocolate in there, by drizzling them with chocolate sauce, eating them with chocolate milk, or even gluing two together into a sandwich with chocolate mousse filling (see page 265).

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 (10-ounce) package peanut butter chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF and make sure the oven rack is in the center position. Grease a 9 × 13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Use a fork or whisk to combine.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl using a hand mixer (or even in a food processor), cream the butter and sugar until pale yellow and fluffy. Add the eggs and mix to incorporate fully.
  4. With the mixer running on low, gradually add the dry ingredients, letting each addition be fully incorporated before you add more.
  5. Turn off the machine and use a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Mix once or twice more to fully incorporate all the flour.
  6. Remove the bowl from the mixer. Add the peanut butter chips and use a spoon or spatula to mix just until the chips have been distributed throughout the batter.
  7. Transfer the batter to the prepared baking pan and use the spoon or spatula to push it into the corners, making a smooth, even layer.
  8. Bake until a toothpick or skewer inserted into the center comes out clean and the blondies are golden, 18 to 20 minutes. Allow to cool before cutting into squares.

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