Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Blondies


My girlfriends and I got together Saturday night at my friend Kristy's new house.  She made lasagna (which is where I got the recipe!).  I said I'd bring dessert and I made a long list of things that I wanted to try.  When all was said and done, this was the recipe I chose.  I found it on Fake Ginger, who found it from Better Homes and Gardens.  I had everything on hand except for eggs and chocolate chunks.  On our way home from the photography class we've been taking on Saturday mornings, we ran to the little grocery store on our corner.  I got eggs and a box of Baker's Chocolate Chunks.  There were 8 individually wrapped pieces of chocolate for $3.79.  When I got the register, I realized how ridiculous it was to spend that kind of money on baking chocolate, so I put the box back and grabbed 2 Hershey's chocolate bars, which in my opinion, worked like a charm.  Joel is not a big dessert person, but for some reason, before I even had them cut up, he was begging me if he could try one.  I cut them, put some on a plate to take with me, and let him have one.  There were 3 left over, so I wrapped them up and left them on the counter.  My girlfriends enjoyed them, even taking some home for their husbands/fiancee.  When I got home, there was only 1 left on the counter, so Joel must have really liked them too!

1 stick Butter, softened
2 cups Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Chunky Peanut Butter
2 Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 1/2 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Milk Chocolate Chunks

Cream the butter and brown sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy.  Mix in the peanut butter, eggs, and vanilla.  In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined.  Pour the batter into a 9x13 inch pan that has been sprayed or lined with parchment paper.  Sprinkle the chocolate chunks on top.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minuets, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.