Remember those ginormous muffins that I baked with Reese’s? Well, I had more of those mini cups left sitting in the fridge and frankly, I wasn’t really keen on eating it like how you would eat candybars chocolate. Funny right? Most people would’ve just dove right in and polish off the whole bag of Reese. But my fingers were itching to bake something with it so I thought, why not blondie bars?
They say blondies are the fairer cousins of brownies but unlike brownies, blondies need not be so gooey in the centre. You still want moist and softness when biting down a blondie bar but it is not as heavy or as dense as a brownie. If anything, blondies remind me of caramel slices because a bulk of its ingredients are brown sugar and butter.
I really did not plan on how it would look at the end because I just wanted to eat something for tea. Aesthetics-wise I suppose it looks very impromptu, polka-dotted and just put-together but I guarantee you, you would not be disapointed with the taste! I gave a few of these bars to people who have never had blondies before and they were like; ‘Hmmmm, this is not a cake, definitely not a brownie…interesting….’ Well, interesting can be good or bad, depends on how you look at it I suppose.
I used smaller types of chocolate chips for these bars because the peanut butter cups ARE heady and prominent. You don’t even have to add nuts and you get that obvious peanut flavour and aroma. I feel if I had used bigger chocolate chips, it would be a little OTT. But hey, if OTT is for you then by all means, go for it! This recipe is also great for a Halloween party or get-together, especially for kids.
BLONDIE BARS WITH REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER CUPS RECIPE
(adapted from foodlibraian.com)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
A small pinch of salt
1 stick (113.5 gms) butter, melted
3/4 cups packed brown sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips, plus more to scatter on top
Reese’s peanut butter cups, as many to fill the pan
1. Pre-heat oven to 180C. Grease and line a 8X8 baking pan with parchment paper.
2. Whisk flour, baking powder and salt together.
3. Melt butter in heatproof bowl over simmering water, stir in sugar and gently fold in egg and vanilla.
4. Stir wet and dry ingredients together. Fold in chocolate chips.
5. Pour batter into pan and place/push Reese’s peanut butter cups randomly around the mix (below).
6. Scatter more chocolate chips on top and bake in the oven for about 30 mins or till the top is semi-browned and the sides pulls away from the pan.
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