Frosted Peanut Butter Blondies

In the past, they have said that Blondes have more fun. Recently, the news reports that brunettes are winning that race. Who comes up with all this crap anyway?
 I was very blonde in my younger years and gradually darkened as I grew older.  I’ve had a taste of both, and I just can’t say that one was better than the other. A few blonde highlights do make me feel brighter and happier however, so possibly blondies will make you happy as well.
Opening the cover of a Family Circle magazine, I spotted a small little picture of these bars. Below the picture read this quote:
“I made Peanut Butter Blondies today! Cut the recipe in half (only made one pan) in case we didn’t like it. What was I thinking?? Haha. These are so good! Thanks!
Via Facebook – Get this dessert at family circle.com/blondies.
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I logged on.  Printed the recipe.  Made the recipe.  Darn good.  They are soft.  They are chewy.  The frosting is delish!  Enough said.  Let’s make them together.  Aprons please.
Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Coat two 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pans with cooking spray or do as I did, and spray one large cookie sheet measuring approx – 17 1/2 x 11 3/4
In one bowl:  whisk together the flour, baking powder and the salt.
In another bowl:  shortening, peanut butter and brown sugar.
In small bowl:  3 eggs
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Beat the shortening, peanut butter and brown sugar on medium-high speed for 3 minutes, until well blended.  Add the 3 eggs and the vanilla and beat for 3 more minutes.
Beat that mixture until it’s light in color and fluffy.  See the difference in color?  You should see a difference in color!
On low speed, beat in the flour mixture, then stir in the peanuts.  Divide the batter between the prepared pans, or use one large cookie sheet.
I didn’t add peanuts. I added 1/2 cup of chocolate chips, to half of the dough instead.  The original recipe says to bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes for 13 x 9 x 2 baking pans.  I baked the bars on the large cookie sheet for 20 minutes.  Just keep an eye on them.  Every oven is different.  Let the bars cool slightly, while you prepare the very yummy frosting.
The original recipe calls for shortening instead of butter.  I opted to use butter instead.  Beat confectioners sugar, peanut butter, shortening or butter, salt and vanilla.
FYI – Note:  Since I used salted butter, instead of shortening, I only used 1/4 tsp of salt instead of the 1 teaspoon that the recipe calls for.  In my opinion that seems like a bit much anyway!
If you use butter, it will resemble this.  Slowly add hot water a little at a time.
Beat it until it’s nice creamy and smooth.  You might be tempted to just eat the bowl of frosting.  It’s really that good.  Don’t do it.
Spread it over the bars instead please!
I just chopped up a couple of peanut butter cups, and sprinkled the pieces over the top of the frosting.  I also grated a small Hershey’s chocolate bar over the top for good measure.
The whole time . . . my brain was saying . . . “your husband will never eat these!”
Just so you know, they cut beautifully and didn’t stick to the pan at all.  That’s always nice, especially if they don’t hang around your kitchen very long.
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Thursdays Thrills:
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1.  We spend a lot of moolah on jeans.  Perhaps this video will come in handy. Good technique!
2.  Amazing talent from dress to Cake concept.
3.  Love Garnish . . . Oh the possibilities!
4.  If you haven’t found Heather’s site, you are sadly missing out.  It’s amazing!
5.  We are big popcorn eaters in my house.  Love this site and idea for a wedding or a party.

Frosted Peanut Butter Blondies
 
Add Chocolate chips for a twist.
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Category: Cookies-Bars
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 pound packed brown sugar (2¼ cups)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup chopped peanuts
  • Frosting:
  • 1 pound confectioners sugar (4 cups)
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup shortening or butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt (if using shortening) or
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (if using butter)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup hot water
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat two 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pans with cooking spray.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat shortening, peanut butter and brown sugar on medium-high speed for 3 minutes.
  4. Add eggs; beat 3 minutes more. Add vanilla.
  5. On low speed, beat in the flour mixture. Stir in the peanuts.
  6. Divide batter between prepared pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool slightly.
  7. Frosting:
  8. Beat confectioners sugar, peanut butter, shortening, salt and vanilla. Add hot water a little at a time. Beat until smooth. Spread over blondies while still warm.

 

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  • Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie - April 11, 2013 - 1:41 pm

    The chopped pieces on top seal the deal.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - April 11, 2013 - 1:51 pm

    I’m all over this! Awesome idea!ReplyCancel

  • Brandi - April 11, 2013 - 2:33 pm

    I am a sucker for anything peanut butter. YUM!!! These are going to have to go on my try list ASAP. They really do look beautiful with the chopped pieces on top. You are always so creative, and display such beautiful {and very tasty} treats!
    I will have to come back and check out your links, but I love this idea. It will be fun to link to amazing things and sites!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Harris - April 11, 2013 - 11:04 pm

    I like to take a big pan of goodies to my 85 year old Mom’s home on Sunday evening. Kids, grand kids and great grand kids come to visit. This looks like the perfect treat for Sunday. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Jo and Sue - April 12, 2013 - 6:34 am

    These look and sound amazing!! Thank you for sharing this – I see it being made in my very near future 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Thomas M. Littlewood - April 16, 2013 - 7:48 am

    These look divine, but it makes a lot. Do you suppose it would halve easily?ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - April 16, 2013 - 8:14 am

      Hi Thomas,

      Yes!
      The recipe makes 2 9×13 pans. Just half the recipe and make one pan.
      I made the full recipe and use a large cookie sheet instead and gave them all away so I wouldn’t eat them all!

      JonnaReplyCancel

  • Andrea - April 20, 2013 - 12:53 pm

    This recipe is amazing. I made these the day you posted them. They stayed so soft and moist… even by the time we got to the second pan! This is officially my go-to PB Bar recipe! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Katie - May 4, 2013 - 5:37 pm

    I found these in family circle, just like you did. Went to the magazine page but too much trouble to register etc., and found you instead. Love your humorous style cooking talk….ReplyCancel