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Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Blondies

 Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Blondies
I converted these blondies to be gluten-free so that my family could enjoy a comforting dessert. We were really craving brownies one night, and this cakelike treat hit the spot! —Becky Klope, Loudonville, New York
16 ServingsPrep:15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose baking flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup salted peanuts, chopped

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the peanut butter, sugars and applesauce.
  • Beat in eggs and vanilla until blended. Combine the flour, baking
  • powder, xanthan gum and salt; gradually add to peanut butter mixture
  • and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips and peanuts.
  • Transfer to a 9-in. square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake
  • at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the
  • center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares.

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Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Blondies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Yield: 16 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 bar equals 176 calories, 9 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 26 mg cholesterol, 142 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1-1/2 fat.