Peanut Butter Cup Bars

peanut butter cup blondie recipe

Trick or treat is headed our way.

Let’s get the ball rolling with some candy-stuffed blondies.  Bookmark this recipe so you have something to do with all the stolen leftover candy from your kid’s spooky night.

Peanut Butter Cup Bars

These bars cut beautifully into clean squares allowing for as small or large of bites as you desire for your party.

The treats are definitely swayed to team peanut butter, but should you prefer a more even representation of camps, by all means add swirls of melted chocolate over a peanut butter frosting.

Peanut Butter Cup Blondies

You will experience no crumbling upon biting into these, but rather a caving in of chewy and rich centers.  Less dense than they appear, they pack a hefty sweet punch satisfying the urge for candy, cookie and brownie in one.

So when you stock up on treats for creepy, costumed kids, throw a couple extra peanut butter cup bags in the cart for the wicked queen of the castle.

pb cup blondie recipe

Need something to horrify and delight your party guests?  Try these irresistible and glowing green Spooky Mint Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies.

Recipe adapted from Allrecipes


  • 1 C flour, sifted
  • 1/4 + 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 C butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 3/4 C Reese’s peanut butter cup pieces (1/8 of a circle pieces), refrigerated

Grease an 8×8 baking pan.  Preheat oven to 350F.

Whisk flour, baking powder and salt.  Separately, whisk together egg and vanilla until just blended.  Separately, mix the brown sugar and butter.

Pour egg mixture into the brown sugar and whisk briefly.  Then pour the flour into the wet mixture and use a wooden spoon to mix until almost combined, but not fully.  Toss in cold pieces of peanut butter cups and fold gently.  Gently pour batter into pan and spread evenly.  Bake in oven 22-27 minutes until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs on it.

Cool and serve!

**I whipped peanut butter, butter, powdered sugar, a pinch of salt and heavy cream together for a peanut butter frosting.

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4 Responses to Peanut Butter Cup Bars

  1. Baker Boonce says:

    Bah!! I totally want to make these, but Spain doesn’t believe in peanut butter cups OR brown sugar!! How dare you taunt me such peanut buttery goodness!

  2. hungrygems says:

    Um. You totally failed to mention that Spain doesn’t believe in brown sugar. Sneaky, sneaky. Maybe when I come visit we will have to meet in a neighboring country where butterscotch, blondies and gooey cakes stand tall- where brown sugar is allowed to add moistness and caramel notes without prejudice to the color of its granules. You take a baker’s brown sugar and you take her freedom. Oh. Or I will just make my own with molasses. Forget my soapbox speech and I’ll see you there! ;)

  3. I think my favorite part is the peanut butter cups inside these! They look scrumptious!

  4. hungrygems says:

    Thanks Kim! Indulgent indeed. =) And I’ve got my eye on those pumpkin cinnamon rolls over by u..mmmmmm.

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