I love just about any kind of bars. I mean, what’s there not to love? What I especially like about blondies is how versatile they are. You can add anything you’d like to them…nuts, chocolate, cookies, nut butters, dried fruit…whatever!
I had a whole box of Trader Joe’s “Joe Joe’s” cookies in my pantry (TJ version of Oreo’s) and I really wanted to make something with them. I also had some springtime chocolate chips (pink and yellow chocolate chips) I’ve been meaning to use. I thought to myself, what can I make with these ingredients? Why, a blondie of course! Throw in some peanut butter…how can you go wrong? I found this amazing recipe on Erica’s Sweet Tooth blog!
Oh. Em. Wow. These are deeeee-lish! Gooey and soft in the middle, crispy on the edges. You get a crunch from the oreo cookies and creaminess from the chocolate chips…oh so good!
So this is what I discovered. Cookies & Cream + Peanut Butter + Springtime Chocolate Chips = the perfect springtime blondie!
Great in time for Easter, which is right around the corner I might add. I can’t wait to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection and the beginning of spring with my family. I also can’t wait to come up with some more delicious spring desserts!
Oh my gosh. Here I am, writing happily about spring when I casually glance outside.
IT’S SNOWING IN THE MIDDLE OF APRIL. Why must you do this to me, Chicago? Why? WHY?!
Breathe, just breathe. 1, 2, 3, 4…
Ok, where was I? Yes, these amazing blondies! I think I might need one…or two right now. You know, as therapy.
Cookies & Cream Peanut Butter Blondies
Original recipe from Erica’s Sweet Tooth
Makes an 8×8 pan or 16 bars
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add the vanilla and peanut butter; beat until smooth. Add the egg, making sure to fully combine by scraping the sides of the bowl.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture to the butter mixture until just combined. With a rubber spatula, fold in the crushed Joe Joe’s/Oreos and chocolate chips. Transfer batter to the prepared pan and press until evenly distributed. Add some extra crushed Oreos on top.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Let cool completely, then use the parchment paper to remove the blondies and cut into squares.