Thursday, October 7, 2010

Peanut Butter Cup Blondies & Red Velvet Cupcakes

Peanut Butter Cup Blondies and Red Velvet Cupcakes are just two of the items I have packed ready to bring up to my daughter and her college roommates.  I promised her I'd make dinner for her and her friends this week because they are starving to death up there eating cafeteria food.  Well maybe not literally, but by the way she was acting; definitely a little homesick for good food.

Yesterday I spent all day baking and today I will go up there and prepare the rest of their feast.  Tri-tips, chicken, asiago augratin potatoes, salad, zombies (don't worry we will get to those), a chocolate mousse pie, peanut butter cup blondies and red velvet cupcakes.  Let's just hope I have enough!

Peanut Butter Cup Blondies
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped peanut butter cups, chopped into 1/2- inch pieces

In a mixer beat the butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy.  Add both sugars and beat for another 3 minutes, until well incorporated.  Add the eggs one by one, beating for 1 minute after each addition, then beat in the vanilla.  Add peanut butter and mix till combined.  Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Beat one more minute.  Add chocolate chips and peanut butter cups and mix in by hand.

Spread in a buttered 11"X13" baking pan and bake in 325 degree F oven for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cool completely and cut into bars.  Store in an airtight container.

I've never made blondies before, but I think I shall be making these again with some other add-ins.




  1. May I call you mom? Holy yum!! I hope I spoil my lil ones when they're away at college like this, too. You're an epic momma!

  2. Gorgeous! Both of those are just simply gorgeous! YUM! It looks like I could just reach and take one from the screen...

  3. OMG...Peanut butter cup blondies....what an incredible dessert! This is going on my menu to make for my girls, this will seriously blow them away! Your daughter is blessed to have such a great mom!! Wait till her roomates get a small taste of heaven, you should expect guests when she comes home for the holidays!

  4. Now that I see the recipe, I really have to make the blondies...and oh, the red velvet cupcakes are so divine too. Yummm! Beautiful photos too!

  5. My roommates in college would have died and gone to heaven if one of our mom's brought these :) delicious!

  6. Oh my gosh...peanut butter cup blondies! How fabulous!

  7. Those blondies look so good! I have to make them this weekend. I will be waiting anxiously to see your red velvet recipe too! Great job!!:)

  8. my kids love peanut butter..they'll love these bars for sure! Your red velvet cupcakes are simply gorgeous..your photos are beautiful :)

  9. ah- i simply love this! you have great recipes...

  10. Aww what a great mommy! Can you send me a dozen each? They look so good Gina! Hope you have fun visiting Julia and the feast you'll be throwing.

  11. Wow, I would take a care package from you any day, those look amazing! You are such a great mom! I love blondies anyway, and peanut butter cups, so the combination looks sublime.

  12. Wow!, you're a wonderful Mom. those blondies look amazing. My daughter-in-law loves chocolate and peanut butter, so I'll give her this recipe.

  13. Oh yum anything with peanut butter and chocolate and i'm there! Can't wait to see the asiago augratin potatoes too, sounds delish.

  14. Thanks everyone! The girls were more than thrilled with these!

  15. Those blondies are so incredible they look like I could just grab one through the screen. Wow.

  16. I discovered your blog through a comment you left on Sw33ts by E. I really like your blog ~ I just signed up to follow you! These bars look amazing!

  17. The peanut buttercup blondies look INCREDIBLE.

  18. Hi Gina,
    Your PB cup blondies make my mouth water every time I look at them. Since I can't get PB cups here, I'm going to make my own so that I can have them for your blodies recipe. Oh that is going to be so great:) Thanks for being a part of the YBR and I do hope you'll join us next month again. Also thanks for adding your badges and for helping get the word out. Happy Halloween!