White Chocolate Blondies with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting

I had a craving for blondies for ages.  I finally decided to make good on that craving and make some.


And I’m so glad I did.


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White Chocolate Blondies with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting (adapted from Simply Recipes)

For the White Chocolate Blondies

1/2 c butter, melted

1 c packed dark brown sugar

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp baking soda

Pinch of salt (optional)

1 c all-purpose flour

1 c white chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Whisk together the melted butter and sugar in a bowl.

Add the egg and vanilla extract and whisk.

Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and optional salt, mix it all together.

Add the white chocolate chips.

Pour into a cooking sprayed 8 x 8 pan and spread evenly. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.   Don’t overbake.

Allow to cool and then frost them.

For the Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting

1 c chocolate chips

1/4 c butter/margarine

1/4 c peanut butter

2 tbsp milk/cream (add more/less depending on desired consistency of frosting)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 c powdered sugar

Directions:

Melt chocolate chips in microwave.  Then, add and stir in next four ingredients.  It can help to reheat the mixture for 15 seconds or so in microwave if mixture gets too solid and stirring is tricky.  After all ingredients have been incorporated, stir in the powdered sugar.  Continue stirring or whisk together until smooth.

Pour this over the cooled Blondies and frost.  Wait for them to set up (freezer expedites this).

Cut into squares and serve.

Yields: 12 to 18 blondies, depending on size.

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A Visual Guide

Gather your ingredients

Melt the butter and add brown sugar and stir.  Beat an egg.  Then combine it all.

Add flour, baking powder & soda, and stir.  Add the white chocolate chips.

I stirred 3/4 c into the batter and then reserved the final 1/4 c to be sprinkled on top of the batter.

Bake

Naked Blonds are fun but these needed to be dressed up, I thought…

…with chocolate peanut butter frosting!

Follow the directions I listed above.  Melt chocolate chips first, then add everything except the powdered sugar, stir, then add the powdered sugar

These are so good.

They satisfy on so many levels:

Not a cookie, not a cake.  They’re bars.  I love bars.  Maybe that’s my Midwestern roots talking where bringing a pan of bars to church basement Bingo games was part of my childhood.

Both white and dark chocolate are used.

Peanut Butter is used.  As is plenty of butter.  Never a bad thing.


Sugar is involved.  Combining butter, sugar, and two types of chocolate really just means success in the end.

Move over No Bake Nutter Butter Special K Bars with Chocolate Frosting

There’s a new sheriff in town bar in town and she’s called Blondie.

From my last post about Spring Fever and Summer Excitement, thanks for filling me in on what summer plans you have in store and what you’re excited to do this summer.

And thanks for the compliments on my hairYou know how to make a girl’s Saturday night reading those.  Thank you.

Questions:

1.  Do you like Blondies?

I love them but….

2. Have you ever made Blondies?

…I had never made them until this recipe, a nd I will definitely be making more blondies.

There are so many versions and add-ins and combos, that I get excited just thinking about all the things I can put in the next batch.

3. Best thing you’ve eaten or done so far this weekend?

It’s been in the high 70s and sunny.  No complaints from me!   That’s one of my best things.

Another best thing was a blondie.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

   

104 Responses to “White Chocolate Blondies with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting”

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    Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) — May 1, 2011 at 3:30 am

    Those look SO DELICIOUS!! That chocolate PB frosting…mmm….!! I’ve actually never had a blondie before, but I think it’s time I change that! :P

    And my best thing is the weather too!! Sunny and warm in London in April?! That’s new, and I LOVE it! :D

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    VeggieGirl — May 1, 2011 at 3:46 am

    Have I ever made blondies?! …. Is the Pope a Catholic? ;)

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — May 1st, 2011 at 3:54 am

      I thought of you when I was making these!! You need to come out here and we can have a blondie bakeathon :)

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    Lucy — May 1, 2011 at 4:14 am

    Oh wow, these look amazing! I love blondies, but have never made them myself…this recipe will be changing that soon! :)

    Best thing I’ve done so far this weekend is go to a food festival yesterday. I tried so many wonderful foods there, but the smell currently coming from my oven promises that the peanut butter & banana muffins I’m making are also gonna be high up on my yummy foods list! :)

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    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — May 1, 2011 at 4:55 am

    Those blondies look DELICIOUS! I love that you have a chocolate layer on top!

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    Tasha @ Voracious — May 1, 2011 at 4:55 am

    ARGHGHG! I think my head might have just exploded. I NEED these….seriously….Averie, once again, you have outdone yourself. I love bars too and I ADORE chocolate peanut butter frosting. And there is nothing better than melting together a big whopping bar of organic French butter with lots of dark chocolate….I end up eating half of that before I even make it to the recipe.

    I am going to be making these for sure.

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — May 1st, 2011 at 5:16 am

      i hope you end up making them and thank you…so much for the compliments!

      and i love that you’re eating butter with lots of dark chocolate :) and that I am too :)

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    dragonmamma/naomi — May 1, 2011 at 5:08 am

    When you put chocolate on top of blondies, isn’t that like giving them dark roots? (groan)

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — May 1st, 2011 at 5:17 am

      good.one.hahahaaaa!!!

      hope you’re having a good weekend! it’s supposed to be in the low 90s here this week!

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      • dragonmamma/naomi replied: — May 1st, 2011 at 5:51 am

        Maybe that would be a good name for the recipe: “Blondies with Dark Roots”.

        Yeah, it’s supposed to get hot here, too. Yesterday we did some gardening and it was actually warm enough to sweat! I’m sure I’ll get sick of hot weather soon enough, but right now I’m enjoying it.

        Yesterday I went to a charity plant sale and bought some veggie starters: tomatoes, cukes and zucchinis.

        • Evan Thomas replied: — May 1st, 2011 at 5:55 am

          Funnily enough, Guy Fieri has a recipe called “blondies with dark roots”. I’ve thought about making them several times.
          http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/guy-fieri/blondies-with-dark-roots-recipe/index.html

          • dragonmamma/naomi replied: — May 1st, 2011 at 11:50 am

            Dang, I swear I’ve never heard of those! Just looked at the recipe; they have chocolate chips in them but no icing on top, so the name seems more applicable for Averie’s recipe.

            • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — May 1st, 2011 at 3:37 pm

              Since I just got my roots touched up in yesterday’s post, I am no longer a blondie with dark roots. Just like to eat them.

              That is a great name! Too bad Guy sort of took it already. Dang those chefs with their own tv shows taking the great recipe names. How dare they :)

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    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg — May 1, 2011 at 5:13 am

    You KNOW I’m always looking for a tasty blondie recipe!!! Yum!

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — May 1st, 2011 at 5:17 am

      I thought of you when I was trolling for blondie recipes. I was going to make yours, but then didnt want to mess with browned butter. knowing my luck, i would have had burned butter. lol

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    Erin — May 1, 2011 at 5:27 am

    I pop over to your blog a lot, and these look like the best thing you’ve ever posted (which is saying a lot)! They look delicious and the photos are just gorgeous. I do love blondies, and have made them before, but yours are just so pretty! I am going to try this recipe!

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    CAROLINE — May 1, 2011 at 5:36 am

    “There’s a new sheriff in town & she’s called Blondie” — hahahaha LOVE the line!

    These look … To. Die. For. I am going to make them this week for SURE! I’ll have to surprise my coworkers with more treats because I can’t trust myself with such goodies in my own house 24/7 :)

    PS – I see lots of your products are TJ’s all the time, as are mine … they know me by name there b/c I’m so obsessed w/that place! Wouldn’t it be the worst if we didn’t have TJ’s around!? Thank goodness!

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    Evan Thomas — May 1, 2011 at 5:54 am

    This is so hard to read and have to eat breakfast afterwards without letting breakfast turn into brownies.

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    megan @ the oatmeal diaries — May 1, 2011 at 6:03 am

    Ahhh why must I always look at this food porn RIGHT as I’m about to go to sleep?! Now I want this for breakfast! Do I like blondies: yes. :)

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    Nicole @ Fresh & Fit — May 1, 2011 at 7:09 am

    I have actually never had a blondie. These look so good!

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    Holly @ The Runny Egg — May 1, 2011 at 7:44 am

    I love blondies and these look delicious!! All of that PB and butter — amazing.

    Best thing I’ve done — I had to postpone my 18 mile run until yesterday afternoon ( I prefer to run in the morning!) but I got it done and felt so good about it. Now I can relax today!

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    Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit — May 1, 2011 at 7:53 am

    I can imagine how amazing these taste! I’ve never had a blondie… but it’s on my list of things to make

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    Lucy — May 1, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I love how you are so free from food rules!! You eat what you want and every once in a while you post recipes with REAL butter and flour and sugar! I am tired of people who are so dogmatic and don’t allow just a little wiggle room. I love it when you say 99%follows your gluten free, vegan diet and 1% just for fun :) You’re an inspiration!!

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — May 1st, 2011 at 3:40 pm

      Oh by all means i am the most NON dogmatic person, no rules, if I want it and I think I won’t get sick from it, I have it…in moderation…and that’s pretty much how I operate :)

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    melissa @ the delicate place — May 1, 2011 at 8:47 am

    those look beautiful! my mother used to make a blondie recipe that was more like a block of chocolate chip cookie…no complaints here ;) best thing i did this weekend was a beautiful 3 mi walk around town that ended in a super amazing beet/tomato/cuke/lemon/kale juice

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    Amber K — May 1, 2011 at 8:49 am

    I love Blondies! Not sure what flours to use to make this gluten-free, but it looks DELICIOUS!

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    • Bria @ West of Persia replied: — May 1st, 2011 at 1:01 pm

      I made something similar awhile back and Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour worked perfectly fine for me.

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      • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — May 1st, 2011 at 3:41 pm

        I agree, just use regular GF baking blend type flour and you’re all set. I am pretty sure oat flour would even work. Or a Bob’s variety.

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    Christine (The Raw Project) — May 1, 2011 at 9:14 am

    These look wonderful, love the pictures! Awesome job on the recipe!

    1. Sure, it’s been ages since I’ve had one.
    2. Nope, need to try a raw version.
    3. Tie between raw chocolate cake and vegan sushi.

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — May 1st, 2011 at 3:41 pm

      thanks…i didnt even love the photography but FGawker just took one of the images, so i guess they were decent. lol.

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — May 1, 2011 at 9:16 am

    These look insanely delicious!!!

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    Lara @ six times the yum — May 1, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Those look fantastic!! I absolutely adore blondies and white chocolate + chocolate + PB ! I’ve been craving blondies for ages but haven’t been able to satisfy my craving for baking them because I don’t have access to an oven at the moment. (I’m in college and live in a dorm.) I’ll be home in a few weeks, and I can’t wait to bake again! I’ll definitely be keeping these specific blondies in mind when I decide what to bake. :)

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    Lauren (Diary of a Vegan Girl) — May 1, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Wow, these look so delicious!

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    bitt — May 1, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Just curious, are you not feeling sick from eating gluten and dairy anymore? Or do you just make these for other family members/friends. It’s very rare people who are that sensitive to gluten can eat it again, so maybe reveal some of your tricks!

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — May 1st, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      Gluten…I can have bites of things with gluten in them but I definitely notice when I’ve had more than a bite or two I will have symptoms. Symptoms that range from tummy ache to lots more…

      Dairy. Have never had a problem with butter. I’ve heard that it’s b/c of the fat in it. But cooking with butter doesnt bother me. Then again, the amount of butter per bite one is really ingesting when you do the calculations is small in a recipe like this. I dont sit down with a baked potato and slather on tons and tons of butter.

      I have healed my gut soooooo much! Probiotics, fermented foods, time, and 5 yrs of being uber strict with gluten and dairy I think helped heal me.

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      • bitt replied: — May 1st, 2011 at 10:52 pm

        I guess I just really scratch my head as to why you’d eat any gluten if it made you sick.

        • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — May 2nd, 2011 at 3:54 am

          to each her own and again, I dont get sick from small amounts.

          People do things that are “bad” for them or that make them “sick” on some level all the time from not exercising to staying in crappy relationships to not wearing their seatbelt to drinking too much to eating 3 bites of gluten containing desserts :)

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    melody polakow: Vegan for 3.33 a day — May 1, 2011 at 11:06 am

    When I had my cookie business, one of my most popular cookies was a fudge filled oatmeal blondie bar.. they were soo good!

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    Ananya — May 1, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Your food photography is so pretty, Averie! I do have a question though. Is there a post you can point me to of when you started to be free of food rules? Of veganism? I’m curious to read your thoughts and for some reason cannot find it in your archive.
    Happy Sunday! :)

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — May 1st, 2011 at 3:52 pm

      go to http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com/popular
      go under lifestyle/deeper thoughts

      and the first 5 posts may be of interest to you. They touch on my path, thoughts, etc

      I was never a person to follow food rules. Ever. I have always eaten what i wanted to, without rules. For the time i was a strict vegan, i wanted to be. So they werent rules to me, if that makes sense. Read those posts though.

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      • Ananya replied: — May 2nd, 2011 at 9:11 am

        Thank you for replying back!

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    Noya - gluttonandstudent — May 1, 2011 at 11:32 am

    I’ve actually never had blondies, but I’m perfectly content with brownies! However, since seeing how good your blondies look, I might just have to try one.

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    Emma (Namaste Everyday) — May 1, 2011 at 11:49 am

    can this be made vegan at all? They look fantastic but i’m on my way to veganism!

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — May 1st, 2011 at 3:53 pm

      yes, use flax eggs or chia seed “eggs” in place of the real eggs and margarine or earth balance for the butter.

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    cathy — May 1, 2011 at 11:52 am

    blondies are awesome! i think i’d pick them over brownies. and with choc/pb icing? perfect!
    you’re so right: squares are soooo reminiscent of church socials, potlucks, bridal showers…and the 70′s!
    i commented on your red speckled mix bowl yesterday…changed my mind and pretty-please would love this green one, shown today! :)
    we’re back to rain (groan) after ONE day of sun! so enjoy your beautiful weather!

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — May 1st, 2011 at 3:53 pm

      church socials, potlucks, bridal showers…and the 70′s! = yep!!!!

      the green and red ones are a set. there’s blue and purple too :)

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    Bria @ West of Persia — May 1, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    These look quite amazing. Hmmm, maybe I’ll make something similar for my upcoming Yoga retreat. I’m sure my students would love this after I put ‘em through their paces. :-)

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    Katie — May 1, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    You know, I’ve never even eaten a blondie in my life? These look like something I need to try!

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    daniella @ runner at heart — May 1, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Wow those look so good!

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    J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) — May 1, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Swooooooooooon! Gawd, those look SO GOOD! Excellent turn out for your first try. I want them… ALL! :twisted:

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    Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather — May 1, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Those look amazing! I’ve never made blondies before. Must change that right away!

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    Lauren — May 1, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    I die!! These look so incredible that I’m speechless! :)

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — May 1, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    That frosting is beautiful! Def a great thing to use lots of peanut butter AND butter. And white chocolate chips. I’ve never made blondies before but after reading this, I’m putting it on my to-do list!

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    Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie) — May 1, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    I’m such a sucker for white chocolate. These look amazing! :D

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    Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! — May 1, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Woah those look absolutely amazing!! White chocolate, milk chocolate, and peanut butter!! What more could you ask for??

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    Moni'sMeals — May 1, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Averie! For realllzzz! This is my type of treat hands down. You got it all in there. I love this recipe and I will print it out for sure. I bet they freeze well too and go well with some almond milk or coffee. Yep, I am sold indeed. ;)

    Hope you had a great weekend, sounds like you did. How can we not with this So Cal weather, eh!

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — May 1st, 2011 at 3:54 pm

      Hi Monica…yes, it’s beautiful out, isnt it! and supposed to be in the low 90s on Monday/Tues?? CRAZY! but ill take it :)

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    Michelle — May 1, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Wow Averie!!! I see pioneer woman in the making…except this lady doesn’t live on a ranch and has some incredible yoga moves. :) Those blondies look awesome!!! I can’t comment and say whether or not i like blondies because i’ve never had one before!! Looking at yours just wishes I could take a giant bite of them though. Guess I’ll have to make them to find out what they taste right?

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — May 1st, 2011 at 4:19 pm

      Highest compliment ever. Omg. Thank you!!!!!! Hardly could I ever be in her league, but it’s a lovely thought :)

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    Kyle — May 1, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    I, too RESPECT your food “rules” – go with the flow! :) I could never eat meat or fish (personally) and I’m 100% vegan at home, but sometimes if I’m out I like a little wiggle-room – and I DON’T think that that de-veganizes me.

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    Jess — May 1, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    White chocolate is SO freaking delicious. And white chocolate BLONDIES?! Swoon!!

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    PB Addict — May 1, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    I made brownies yesterday but clearly after seeing this post I realize that I made the wrong kind of dessert! Oh boy do these look amazing. I’ve actually never had (or made) a blondie before!

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    rebecca lustig — May 1, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    best part of my weekend was receiving support from the blogging community. you all are amazing, beautiful and obviously delicious people! ;)

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    rawkinmom — May 1, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    these look amazingly delicious!!!!!!!!!! Great twist on the recipe!!

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    Jessica Lee — May 1, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    I dont think I’ve ever had a blondie, not even sure what it is, it’s like a “white version” of a brownie right? But I don’t what the flavor of it would be..more vanilla-y? Either way, they LOOK really good!

    The best thing I’ve done this week was test ride bikes, can’t wait to buy one!

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    Salah (My Healthiest Lifestyle) — May 1, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I don’t even know what to do with myself right now….blondies are one of my favorite and so is the PB and chocolate combination…..I think if I were to make these I’d eat the entire pan, if I could even refrain from eating the mixture!

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    Kat @ Cupcake Kat — May 1, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    These look so delicious. Definately worth the consumption of butter and sugar. Yummy

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    marla — May 1, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    So I go all vegan & you toss in the 1/2 and 1/2. Oh my, what is going on in this world?? These look wonderful Averie- great clicks girl :)

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    Nana N — May 2, 2011 at 1:43 am

    Nice friends… pleas visit U comment I follow nz comment to..

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    Krista — May 2, 2011 at 11:38 am

    *DROOL*

    Haven’t made blondies in a long time. Mostly b/c when I do I want to eat the whole pan. No self control over here when it comes to chocolate…and more chocoate! LOL

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    Callista — May 2, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Can I just say YUM!!!! I will HAVE to try this. Thanks. You take beautiful photos too! Wow.

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