Sunday, October 4, 2009

Peanut Blondies

With the kids bake in college,  its time to send cookies and other treats to the hard working (wink wink) students.  I have a variety of recipes to share,  but this is one I'd never tried before.
They were well received.

Peanut Blondies
1 cup roasted peanuts
1/1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 stick unsalted butter, Melted and cooled
1/1/2 light brown sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup peanut butter chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line a 9x13 pan with release foil.  Leave hanging over edge a little to aide in removing from pan after baking.

Whisk together the flour , baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.  Set aside.
In another medium bowl, whisk together the melted butter and brown sugar.  Mix to fully incorporate the butter and sugar.  Add the eggs and vanilla .  Mix thoroughly. Fold in the dry ingredients.  Mix until combined.  Do not over mix.  Fold in the peanut butter chips and peanuts.   Spread evenly in the foil lined pan.   Bake about 22 minutes, until top is a light golden brown.  Be careful not to ever bake-the blondies will be dry.  
Place on cooling rack until room temperature.  Lift out of pan and cut into 24.
The base recipe can be used with any combination of nuts and chips: walnuts and chocolate, macadamia and white chocolate, pecans and cinnamon. 

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