Peanut butter blondie bars by Mama Steph

If you need a great bar recipe for game day dessert, but you're hoping for something besides (or along with) brownies this year, you're going to love this recipe!

These are my favorite invention; they're so good that I have probably made dozens of dozens for my family over the years. These bars are chewy, dense, and are full of peanut-ty flavor.

Mama Steph's Peanut Butter Blondie Bars

1 cup plain flour
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 stick salted butter, melted and cooled
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 TBS + 1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter  at room temperature  (would not suggest using natural for this recipe) 
3/4 cup peanut butter chips


Preheat oven to 350 and line a 9″ square pan with greased foil, letting the foil hang over the sides for easy lifting from the pan after baking. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl. In mixer bowl, whisk butter and brown sugar until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well; then add peanut butter. When well-blended,  add the flour  mixture and mix until just incorporated; then add the peanut butter chips. Mix until evenly distributed. Pour into the pan and smooth the top. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out with relatively few crumbs stuck to it. Cool in the pan for as long as you can stand to wait, then remove using the foil and cut into squares.