Peanut Butter Blondies

Cookies, Bars and Biscotti

Yield: about 25 squares
Recipe: 63/200
“Back to Baking”, pp. 53

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     In recent weeks I had gotten several not-so-subtle messages from coworkers saying that they would be more than willing to taste my concoctions. It is true that it been quite some time since I had brought any baked goods to work. As such, I looked in “The Book” and found a recipe for these interesting bars. I had never heard of blondies, but I am very glad that I made this recipe. First of all, the smell of the peanut butter baked into bars with white chocolate is incredible. Secondly, the taste is even better! If you like peanut butter, you will love these bars. They are moist, delicious, sweet but not-too-sweet and just simply satisfying. I think I have never brought baked goods at work that disappeared so quickly! So go ahead and give this recipe a try, you won’t regret it! 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white and/or dark chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch square pan with butter and line it with parchment paper so that the ends hang over the sides.
  2. Using a hand or stand mixer, cream together the butter, sugar and brown sugar.
  3. Beat in the peanut butter and the vanilla extract.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition.
  5. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add this to the butter mixture and stir until evenly blended.
  6. Stir in the chocolate chips and scrape the batter into the prepared pan.
  7. Bake for about 30 minutes, just until the edges are golden brown.

Notes from Anna:

  • You should expect that once in the oven, the blondies will soufflé somewhat and then fall once removed.

Valerie

Cinnamon Sugar Cutout Cookies

Cookies, Bars and Biscotti

Yield: about 3 dozen cookies
Recipe: 62/200
“Back to Baking”, pp. 49

Cinnamon cookies

     It has been way too long that I have baked anything. I am not sure why – perhaps time just passed without my noticing it. Well thankfully I realized this aberrance and made these cute cinnamon cookies today. They are simple to make yet make for a sweet tasty snack. I will post more recipes in the common week. Simply put, I need to get back to baking!

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg white

Directions:

  1. Using a hand or stand mixer, beat together the butter and 2/3 cup sugar until the mixture is fluffy and homogenous.
  2. Beat in the egg yolks and vanilla extract.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and 1/2 teaspoon of the cinnamon. Add this to the butter mixture and combine until the dough comes together.
  4. Shape the dough into 2 discs, then wrap them in plastic wrap. Rest the dough for 20 minutes at room temperature.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line 2 baking trays with parchment paper.
  6. On a lightly floured surface, roll the first disc to about 1/4 inch thick. Use a 2  1/2 inch round cookie cutter (or any desired shape) and cut out the cookies. Use a spatula to life the cookies and place them on the baking tray, leaving a one inch gap between each cookie. Repeat this with the second disc. Note: any scraps can be re-rolled after they have rested for 15 minutes.
  7. Whisk the egg white to loosen it and brush it over the cookies.
  8. Stir the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar with the remaining 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon, and sprinkle this over the cookies.
  9. Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes, just until the edges turn slightly golden. Cool the cookies on the tray before removing.

Valerie