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Peanut Butter & Bacon Blondies

The most unusual bar cookie recipe I have is also a favorite. Bacon might be good in brownies but it's even better in peanut butter bars. — Janie Colle, Hutchinson, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 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

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 13x9-in. pan with parchment, letting ends extend up sides; grease paper.
  • 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.
  • 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, remove from pan.
  • 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.

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  • Grandmasassy
    Jul 18, 2015

    I took this to a party and got rave reviews. I used regular bacon and didn't have any milk so used French Vanilla coconut creamer in the frosting.

  • destinyworks
    Jun 24, 2014

    This bar is absolutely sinful! Loved the fudgy texture as well as the ability to distinctly taste all 3 of the main ingredients (pb, bacon and brown sugar). This recipe is one we could become "family famous" for!

  • fregosi
    Nov 14, 2013

    Is the sugar/flour ratio right?? It was very sweet but the Brown sugar seemed gritty after baking.

  • arisacupp
    Nov 11, 2013

    This was a very indulgent treat, but I would make it again!

  • jwatsv
    Nov 2, 2013

    It was OK. I probably would not make it again. Very sweet. Different.