I can't believe next weekend is Memorial weekend and the kick-off to summer!!! Where does the time go? I love this time of year and all that goes with it-- warm weather, grilling out, the beach, pool parties, fresh produce, lightning bugs, 4th of July fireworks, and the list goes on and on! Since many are heading off to bbq's and parties next weekend and, like me, are always looking for good tried and true but easy recipes to make for your events, I am going to be featuring some of my favorite good but easy dishes to make for your family and friends this week. I've created a label for this called "summer series" so you can access them easily. I plan on adding to this as the summer goes on so check back to see what other goodies I have up my sleeve.
First up are these Peanut Butter Mud Bars. These are sort of a cross between a blondie and a candy bar and combine peanut butter, chocolate and white chocolate chips! Yum, right? Because you bake these in a 9x13 pan and then slice when done, they are quicker to make than your typical drop cookie. I am a big fan of blondies especially when they combine peanut butter and white chocolate. These would be great to take to a picnic or bbq.
Peanut Butter Mud Bars
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup vanilla or white chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans
2 tbs. chocolate chips
2 tbs. vanilla or white chocolate chips
2 tbs. peanut butter chips
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and lightly flour a 9x13 baking pan.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in the peanut butter until well mixed. Add the egg and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and incorporate thoroughly. Stir in the chocolate chips, 1/4 cup of the peanut butter chips, 1/4 cup of the white chocolate chips and the nuts. Spread mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
Bake for 20-30 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup peanut butter and white chocolate chips on top of the bars. Allow to sit for a minute or two until they start to melt. Smooth out the chips with a rubber spatula.
Cool for 20 minutes and sprinkle the topping chips evenly over the surface. Let cool completely before cutting and serving.
Adapted from The Buttercup Bake Shop Cookbook