chocolate chip chunk blondies with peanut butter cups

May 28, 2013

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I’ve become known as a chocolate chip hoarder in our house because whenever I see a deal on chocolate chips I always grab them. It becomes a problem when I don’t have room for basic essentials in our pantry because of the bags and bags of chips. How do I fix that? By making blondies! For this recipe I used two types of chips, semi-sweet and white chocolate. I also have these peanut butter cups from Trader Joes that I’m obsessed with so I added those in at the end. These are delicious and they totally hit the sweet spot!

Chocolate Chip Chunk Blondies with Peanut Butter Cups
makes 12 bars

INGREDIENTS
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
12 dark chocolate peanut butter cups (the ones from Trader Joes are amazing!!)

DIRECTIONS
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour an 8x12x2 inch baking pan.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars on high speed for 3 minutes, until light and fluffy. With the mixer on low, add the vanilla, then the eggs, one at a time, and mix well, scraping down the bowl as needed. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. With the mixer still on low, add the flour mixture by the spoonful. Fold the nuts and chips in with a rubber spatula and then spread the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake for 30 minutes, and be careful not to overbake. The toothpick might not come out clean. Evenly distribute the peanut butter cups into the blondies. Allow to cool completely in the pan and then cut into bars. Enjoy!
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You guys want to hear something sad? I juuust realized why blondies are called blondies! Because they’re not brownies. I mean, maybe I did know but I never really thought about it. Either way, kind of embarrassing right?? 
xox
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