I'm sure I'm not the only person that can admit that I love peanut butter. To be quite frank, the only thing I love more than peanut butter itself is peanut butter mixed with chocolate. While I can sit and eat an entire pack of Reese's Cups on any given day, sometimes I like to switch things up and find new ways to have classic combination. While I don't mind picking up a few bags of the Reese's Dipped Animal Crackers to replace my love for the cups, recently I came across a new recipe that got my attention at first glance: actor Paul Rudd's Peanut Butter Blondies.
Serving up the delectable dessert at his New York-based candy shop, Samuel's Sweet Shop, these blondies have become a favorite amongst visitors. Recently, the Hollywood star — who purchased the shop in 2014 — revealed the easy recipe, and I, for one, couldn't have been more thrilled to stumble up on it. After reading through the list of ingredients it took to make these bad boys, I could tell right away that this was a dessert right up my alley. So, I got everything I needed to make these a reality and got to work.
Get the recipe: Paul Rudd's Peanut Butter Blondies
Ingredients for Paul Rudd’s Peanut Butter Blondies
To get things started, you’re going to want to make sure that you have the following items on hand: all-purpose flour, baking powder, kosher salt, both light brown sugar and granulated sugar, peanut butter, melted unsalted butter, vanilla extract, and large eggs. Additionally, you'll want to make sure to grab peanut butter chips and 12 regular size Reese's cups (which will need to be frozen.) As a Reese's Cup lover myself, I think this last ingredient might just be the most important.
How to Make Paul Rudd’s Peanut Butter Blondies
Before you even put the first ingredient in the bowl, you want to preheat your oven to 350°F and make sure that your Reese's Cups are frozen I put mine in the freezer the night before just as a precaution. Once you have that part out of the way, you can get started on mixing your dry ingredients together.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt before setting aside. Then in a second large bowl, beat together the brown sugar, granulated sugar, peanut butter and melted butter with an electric mixer until well combined, about 1 minute. Mix in your vanilla extract before adding in the eggs one at time, firmly beating the mixture after each egg is added. Once combined, add in your dry ingredients and beat mixture once more with the mixer for about 30 seconds. Then, with a rubber spatula, gently fold the peanut butter chips into the batter.
Pour your batter into a 13x9-inch baking pan and press the frozen Reese Cups into the batter in a rows of 3x4 throughout the pan. The idea here is that after you’ve cut your blondies into squares, there will be a peanut butter cup baked into the center of each one.
Add your pan into the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, making sure to rotate the pan from the back of the rack to the front of the rack after the first 20 minutes. Once they're ready and can pass the toothpick test, remove the blondies from the oven, allow them to rest, and cut them into squares to enjoy your first bite.
What I Thought of Paul Rudd’s Peanut Butter Blondies
Reese’s Cups are my absolute favorite candy, so me loving Paul Rudd's Peanut Butter Blondies is an obvious no-brainer. The dessert is very rich and hearty, and you can taste the peanut butter in every single bite. I personally preferred to eat the edges first just to save the baked Reese Cup for last, but that's simply because I love the nostalgic candy so much.
Though I truly enjoyed every bite of this treat, I will say that there's only thing that could make this blondie better, and that's if it was gooier instead of cakey. Also — and of course, this is personal preference — it should definitely come with a glass of milk. All in all though, I think this is a great dessert and I will pull this recipe back out again as we get closer to the holidays.
A Tip for Making Paul Rudd’s Peanut Butter Blondies
Buy extra Reese's Cups. If you're a chocolate and peanut butter lover like I am, adding in a few extra pieces of the beloved peanut butter cups won't hurt one bit.