I needed something for a crowd. As I searched my vast library of cookbooks for Pecan Bars, I came up short. I have made lots of pecan bars in my day and for the life of me, I cannot remember which are my favorite.
During my search I came across these Peanut Butter Heath Bar Blondies in The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook. I don’t really use this book often, yet with that said, these were very well received. I had to bring dessert for 110 6th graders and these did the trick.
The recipe called for peanut butter chips, but they are no where to be found. I altered it a little and used really good bittersweet chocolate chips instead. I think they were almost better with the chocolate.
These are great when you need to feed a ton of people. Light, good, crunchy, moist and delicious.
Peanut Butter Heath Bar Blondies
yield: 36 bars
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, creamed
1 1/2 cups smooth peanut butter
2 1/2 cups sugar
3 large eggs, room temp.
2 Tbls vanilla
3 cups self-rising flour
1 cup peanut butter chips (i used bittersweet)
3 Tbls. heavy cream
1 cup coarsely chopped heath bar
1/2 cup finely chopped unsalted peanuts
1. Preheat oven to 325*
2. Grease & flour 12 x 18 jelly roll pan
3. Beat butter, peanut butter until fluffy. Add the sugar & beat until smooth.
4. Add eggs, one at a time, completely beating before adding additional eggs. Add vanilla.
5. Add the flour and beat until well incorporated.
6. Spread evenly in pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until cake tester inserted into center of pan. Cool to room temp.
for the topping:
In a small saucepan over medium heat and melt chips and the cream until smooth. Drizzle the mixture over cooled blondies. Sprinkle with heath bar and peanuts.
Let set in fridge overnight.