Tuesdays with Dorie: Peanuttiest Blondies

November 2, 2010

This week’s recipe for the Tuesdays with Dorie bakers is Peanuttiest Blondies, selected by Nicole of Bakeologie.

Peanut butter, peanuts, chocolate chips, butter, flour, sugar, brown sugar, eggs…mmm.

What I did: I made the full recipe with no changes. I bought a 9″ pan because all I have are 8″ pans, and it seems like there have been a number of Dorie’s recipes that call for a 9″ pan.

How it went: Easy peasy. Mix the dough, put it in the pan, bake it. I did have to chop the peanuts, which isn’t my favorite thing to do, but it’s not so bad that I need to complain about it. These got pretty dark in the oven and I still wasn’t sure if they were done in the middle, but they needed to come out of the oven.

They were done, but they had an extreme crust on the top. As you can see in the photo below, they puffed up so that there was a top crust and a big gap between the crust and the rest of the bars. The top crust crumbled when I cut them into pieces.

How it tasted: Good! I like the taste and crunch of the salty peanuts. My husband thought the taste was fantastic but felt they were a bit hard to eat because of the crumbly crust. If I made these again, I’d leave the cinnamon out. It wasn’t prominent, but I just didn’t think it fit with the flavor of the bars. I took some to work and they disappeared quickly.

Do you want to make these? Look on page 119 of Baking: From My Home to Yours, or look here on Bakeologie for the recipe. Thanks Nicole!


  1. LOL – “an extreme crust” is a great description. I loved the saltiness against the sweet too, and would definitely make these again.

  2. Ooo I love a crispy crust. Well done!

  3. I didn’t think about it but you’re right. Couldn’t really taste the cinnamon in the finished product. After reading this, I’m thinking I should have added peanuts afterall.

  4. The close up picture looks great! Im glad you liked them. Now that you mention it I couldn’t taste the cinnamon either.

  5. I hate chopping nuts too! My mom once was going to give me one of those slap chop things and I was like nah what will I ever use that for… but I was wishing I had it for this.

    Thanks for baking along with me!

  6. I had a hard time figuring out when these were done too. Mine were really thin for some reason and sunk in the middle. Better luck next time I guess 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the flavor!

  7. Oh, also meant to say I’m glad you’re enjoying the C&B mini pie plate! I almost bought a 2nd one this weekend and may well go back and get it before long…

  8. I had forgotten about the cinnamon. Couldn’t taste it in the finished product. Yours look delicious!!

  9. I didn’t love the cinnamon either. I’ll omit it next time–there will be a next time! Have a great day.

  10. Mmm is exactly what I think when I hear the combination of chocolate and peanut butter. These baked up huge, they would have been extra-thick (and probably not done) in an 8×8 pan.

  11. I really love peanuts and I think these bars sound yummy. I wonder why the crust puffed up so much?

  12. Looking at your picture of the blondies is making me hungry! And it’s only 10am… hehe

  13. That extreme crust on the top is what everyone here likes best!! Yours look perfect to me. I am making these again with butterscotch chips as I love peanut butter and have been nibbling around the chocolate bits in ours, not a pretty site, but the guys always dive for the chocolate bits I leave behind after picking them out…tee hee.

  14. Gotta love the ease and simplicity of the bar cookie, right? 😉 Next time, I’ll probably skip the cinnamon as well. I didn’t mind it, but I would like to try these without it.

  15. Yummy, I love sweet and salty treats. These look great. I’m having a CSN giveaway on my blog and you’re welcome to come by and enter. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2010/11/45-csn-giveaway.html

  16. I left the cinnamon out of these and am glad I did.

    I like that yours aren’t so thick. Nice bars.

  17. I’m not a huge peanut butter fan, but I think the rest of my family would love these! I’d probably take your advice on the cinnamon too — it doesn’t seem like it would fit in.

  18. i love salty on my dessert. i bet the saltiness of the peanuts is a winner on this!

  19. I KNOW these were delicious! No wonder they disappeared! I didn’t get to these-will be MIA from TWD for the next few weeks. Moving. What fun.

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