Swirled Peanut Butter Blondies

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“Didn’t you already make peanut butter blondies?” you might ask. Why, yes… yes, I did. But I forgot about that until I’d already started melting the butter for these, and figured that you can never have too many peanut butter blondie recipes, so I proceeded on.

These blondies are slightly different from my previous recipe– you melt the butter and sugar instead of creaming it, there’s a bit less butter and sugar, and it doesn’t need the extra egg yolk. Plus there’s the added bonus of a peanut butter swirl right through the middle, which– come on– can only be a good thing!

I underbaked these, which made them very soft at room temperature but amazing when frozen, so I highly recommend that you do the same. And be generous with the sprinkling of salt on top– it really pops.

Swirled Peanut Butter Blondies (slightly adapted from Half-Baked Harvest)

  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup crunchy peanut butter (or more creamy if that’s what you have)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chunks or more chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Melt butter in a microwave-safe bowl, then add the peanut butter and stir until smooth.
  • Add sugars and stir to combine, then beat in the eggs and vanilla. (you do this in stages to keep the hot butter from cooking the eggs)
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, and baking powder.
  • Combine wet and dry ingredients to make a soft dough/thick batter. Add chocolate chips.
  • Line a 9×13″ pan with parchment paper or foil. Spread 3/4 of the dough into the bottom of the pan.
  • Heat crunchy peanut butter in the microwave for about 15-25 seconds, just to loosen it up a tiny bit. Dollop over the dough and swirl it around a bit.
  • Add remaining dough in pieces to the pan– you’ll have gaps where the peanut butter shows through, but that’s fine. Sprinkle with chocolate chunks.

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  • Bake for about 20-24 minutes, until puffed and just starting to firm up. You want to slightly underbake these so they stay soft instead of drying out.
  • As soon as they come out of the oven, sprinkle generously with kosher salt. Let cool completely before removing from pan and slicing.

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