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mini peanut butter cup blondiesIt was announced this morning between glasses of orange juice, filled bowls of Cheerios and whatever was happening on the Cartoon Network that there are only 75 days of the school year left.

I don’t know how accurate the announcement was, but it brought sheer joy to the oldest who tripped over his backpack to hug the youngest who was simply trying to watch some cartoons.

You would think they didn’t enjoy school.

They do.

You would think they didn’t come home every other day to report on something they learned and how cool it was.

They do that too.

But, oh do these children love those lazy summer days.  And, so do I.

But forgive me, I’m slightly off topic when there are these tasty blondies to discuss.

If my oldest were typing this he’d probably type something like:  because my mom doesn’t have to run us around as much during the summer she’s got more time to make us these blondies.

So true.

blending the brown sugar with the butterPreheat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl, whisk together a 1/2 cup melted, unsalted butter with 1 cup packed brown sugar.

batter for blondies

Add one egg and 1 tsp of vanilla extract to the batter and stir to combine.

adding the flour to the batter

Now, you’re ready to add 1 cup all-purpose flour, a 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/8 tsp of baking soda and a pinch of salt.  The batter will be a little stiff.

adding mini peanut butter cups to the batter

Finally, you’ll get to my favorite part of the recipe…adding 1/3 cup of mini peanut butter cups.  Aren’t they cute?

adding the blondie batter to the prepared pan

Add the batter to a 8 x 8 pan that you’ve prepared with butter and flour.  I took this final opportunity to press some additional mini peanut butter cups into the batter

And, to pop a few more into my mouth.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool. Cut into 9 squares.

Recipe adapted from Simply Recipes.  For the original, please visit here.

mini peanut butter cup blondies

Mini Peanut Butter Cup Blondies

Ingredients

1/2 cup of butter, melted
1 cup of tightly brown sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon of baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 cup of all-purpose flour
1/3 mini peanut butter cups (found at Trader Joes)
Method
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly butter and flour an 8X8 pan. Whisk together the melted butter and sugar in a bowl.
Add the egg and vanilla extract and whisk.
Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, mix it all together. Add the butterscotch chips or other mix-ins.
Pour into the pan and spread evenly. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool. Cut into 9 squares.\
Yield: 9 blondies

Have a happy Valentine’s Day my friends!

Allison

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