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California Gurls

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Okay, I actually am not a fan of the song by Katy Perry. But this weekend I’m a California Girl. I’m officially on my way to Los Angeles to celebrate my birthday with my favorite girl friends.

My best friend Natalie and her husband Peter have been so kind to welcome us into their home for the weekend. Chubbs is super-excited since they have a beautiful in ground pool.

Whenever I stay with someone I like to bring a little something a long as a gift. For Natalie and Peter I decided to bake them a special treat, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies.

I seriously love to bake so I really did this for myself, but since I don’t want to eat the entire pan on my own I’m packing it up and shipping it out.

Blondies are perhaps my favorite dessert. I’m not a huge fan of chocolate in baked form (hence the lack of brownies or chocolate cake) enter these bars. Blondies are buttery vanilla goodness.

Or in this case, peanut-buttery cinnamon goodness.

Photo-overload. I just couldn’t resist, just like I can’t Levitra Online resist these tasty treats. ;)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies

Adapted from All Recipes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup margarine – I used Earth Balance Buttery Spread
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter – I used Better’n Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 cup 100% white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9X9 baking dish (I used Pam baking spray – you can also use parchment paper).

In a medium bowl, cream together the margarine and sugar. Beat in the egg until golden. Stir in the vanilla and peanut butter until smooth.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and cinnamon, then stir into the peanut butter mixture.

Finally, fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Spread the dough out flat on the prepared pan.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until the tops of the bars look dry. Cool in pan, then cut into squares.