Friday, September 12, 2014

Freezer Fridays: Peanut Butter Blondies

It's sure a cold, yucky, rainy day here in Iowa. The older girls are off from school today so that means mom gets the day off too. The youngest is at preschool for a few hours. Gives me a little bit of time to get things done around the house and then enjoy our time together this afternoon. I'm thinking chili is in store for dinner tonight. It's the perfect weather for something comforting and warm!

I made these bars on Sunday for Josh to take to work and share with his co-workers on Monday morning. They like treats and I like making them, it works out perfectly. Then we're not tempted with a whole pan sitting on the counter.

Or what about wrapping each bar individually and stashing them away in the freezer? Besides sharing, that's my favorite right there. Baked goods typically freeze well regardless and it's nice to pull out just a few when you need them. In the kids' lunchboxes or your own, for an after school treat or when traveling in the car. Have a bake sale coming up? Make them a few days ahead of time if you need and freeze like so, you still get a chance to help the cause but without stressing yourself out over lack of time.

Now about these bars themselves; they are quite delicious. Very soft and chewy, full of peanut butter flavor and we love adding the mini M&Ms to the batter. You can definitely change up the add-ins; maybe other chocolate candies, butterscotch or peanut butter chips. Lots of possibilities and no matter what you decide, I know they'll taste great!

Peanut Butter Blondies

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
5 tbsp butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup mini M&Ms
1/4 cup chocolate chips

In a large bowl, cream together peanut butter and butter until light and fluffy. Add in both sugars, eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Gradually add in dry ingredients and mix until combined. Fold in M&Ms and chocolate chips.

Pour batter into a lightly greased 11x7-inch baking pan. Spread out evenly. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool.

Cut blondies into bars and remove from pan. To freeze: wrap each bar in saran wrap well. Place all wrapped bars in a large freezer bag that has been labeled with contents and date. Or a freezer safe container will work as well. If completely cooled, place into freezer. When ready to enjoy, simply remove from freezer and let thaw.

Makes 18-20 bars

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