This Peanut Butter Blondies Recipe pairs peanut butter and chocolate with brown butter for the best chewy, gooey blondies you’ll ever taste. And if you have leftover Halloween candy, this is a great way to use it!
I’m a pretty healthy eater, but every now and again I get the urge for some kind of junk food.
Like a hot dog with a side of fries, or a juicy burger and a chocolate milkshake.
Or pizza and wings with blue cheese (yuuummm).
Or on the sweeter side, chocolate cake, mint chip ice cream, or blondies.
The struggle is real, friends.
My go-to course of action is to remake things into healthier versions of themselves. (Speaking of which, have you checked out my other blog, Healthy Sweet Eats?)
However, occasionally you just have to make the real deal happen and do something outrageous like whip up a batch of blondies. With brown butter. (Because what isn’t better with brown butter, right?)
And truthfully, these blondies arose not only because of a craving, but also out of a desire to showcase a great way to help use up some of that leftover Halloween candy!
I used Snickers in this Peanut Butter Blondies Recipe because it’s what I had on hand. However, I think this recipe would also be great with chopped Milky Way bars, Butterfinger bars, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, or even Reese’s Pieces. Basically any leftover candy you want to get rid of!
Peanut Butter Blondies Recipe
This recipe is so easy to make!
I took my classic chocolate chip blondies recipe and added chopped Snickers candy bars and drizzled a little peanut butter on top.
If you’re a fan of the peanut butter + chocolate combination, this will be your new favorite dessert!
What is the Texture of Blondies?
Thanks to an ample amount of sugar and butter, blondies are moist and chewy, and even a touch gooey in the center. (Cookie dough lovers, meet your favorite dessert!)
When they’re cooked properly, blondies should not be cakey or dry.
What do Blondies Taste Like?
Blondies have a rich, buttery flavor with notes of caramel thanks to the addition of brown sugar or molasses. They taste similar to chocolate chip cookies, but with a more gooey, chewy texture.
What Peanut Butter is Best for Baking?
I like to use creamy regular peanut butter (such as Skippy, Jiff, etc.) for baking.
Can I Bake with Natural Peanut Butter?
While I love natural peanut butter with no added sugar, I find that because of it’s runnier texture and because the oil separates out, it’s a little harder to bake with natural peanut butter than regular peanut butter.
More Blondies to Try:
- Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Blondies from The Gunny Sack
- Coffee Blondies from Bakers Royale
- Cookies and Cream Oreo Blondies from Six Sisters’ Stuff
- Salted Caramel Blondies from Brown Eyed Baker
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Peanut Butter Blondies Recipe
- Preheat oven to 350F; line an 8 by 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper so that it hangs over all 4 sides and you can just lift out the blondies.
- Whisk together the brown butter, sugar, egg, vanilla extract, and molasses. Stir in the flour and salt, and then fold in the Snickers and 1/2 cup chocolate chips.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan; dollop the peanut butter in 1 teaspoon amounts around the top and sprinkle on the remaining 3 tablespoons chocolate chips.
- Bake until golden on the outside, but still a touch doughy in the center, about 20 to 23 minutes (be careful not to overbake, as these are best gooey in the center).
- Cool completely before cutting.
- Instead of Snickers, you can omit the candy or use any leftover candy you have on hand. Chopped Milky Way bars, Butterfinger bars, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, or even Reese’s Pieces would be good!
More Blondies to Love:
This post was first published on An Edible Mosaic on October 30, 2017. I updated it with more information on April 6, 2020.
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