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Peanut Butter & Bacon Blondies Recipe

Peanut Butter & Bacon Blondies Recipe

The most unusual bar cookie recipe I have is also a favorite. Use store-bought bacon bits to help save time. — Janie Colle, Hutchinson, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • Dash salt
  • 8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

Directions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 13x9-in. pan with parchment paper, letting ends extend up sides; grease paper.
  • 2. In a large bowl, beat brown sugar and butter until blended. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into sugar mixture. Fold in bacon.
  • 3. Spread into prepared pan. Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (do not overbake). Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Lifting with parchment paper, remove from pan.
  • 4. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat peanut butter and butter until blended. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough milk to reach desired consistency. Frost blondies; sprinkle with bacon. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 blondie equals 342 calories, 19 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 53 mg cholesterol, 265 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.