Nutella-Swirled Peanut Butter Chip Blondies

These blondies are a jam-packed with things that make me very happy.

A super soft, buttery, brown sugar base, loaded with peanut butter chips, and swirled with Nutella.

Nutella-Swirled Peanut Butter Chip Blondies - Easy One-Bowl No-Mixer Recipe at averiecooks.com

I used my go-to blondie recipe that never lets me down. The batter comes together in one bowl, in 5 minutes, without using a mixer.

That’s especially important when you don’t have a dishwasher, and each and every dirty dish counts.

I’m on vacation and don’t want anything fussy or that takes more than 30 minutes from start to finish.

Nutella-Swirled Peanut Butter Chip Blondies - Easy One-Bowl No-Mixer Recipe at averiecooks.com

Although I sometimes can’t find tomatoes or cream in Aruba, I spotted a bag of peanut butter chips in the local grocery store. Sold. Never mind that they were $6 dollars. I love peanut butter, what can I say.

Use chocolate chips if you can’t find peanut butter chips, or if you’re feeling more frugal.

Nutella-Swirled Peanut Butter Chip Blondies - Easy One-Bowl No-Mixer Recipe at averiecooks.com

Everything tastes better with swirls, especially swirls of Nutella. I was going to use peanut butter, but wanted a pop of chocolate. You don’t even have to dip your fingers in it for this recipe.

If you don’t have Nutella, try Homemade Peanut Butter or Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter. The recipe is highly adaptable, another reason I love it.

While they bake, the butter and brown sugar caramelize, and the bars take on caramel and vanilla flavors.

Nutella-Swirled Peanut Butter Chip Blondies - Easy One-Bowl No-Mixer Recipe at averiecooks.com

They’re supremely soft, moist, and dense. No chemical leaveners such as baking powder or soda are used, and you’ll just want to sink your teeth into these softies.

Mine are especially soft and gooey because my kitchen here is un-airconditioned. It was 88F and very humid when these pictures were taken. Everything melts and gets very soft. In more normal conditions, your blondies won’t be as soft and melty.

Nutella-Swirled Peanut Butter Chip Blondies - Easy One-Bowl No-Mixer Recipe at averiecooks.com

The peanut butter chips are the perfect flavor nuggets, adding bursts of peanut butter flavor, without overtaking the flavor and making them taste like peanut butter blondies.

Not that that would be a bad thing. There’s a recipe for Peanut Butter Blondies with Nutella Swirls in my cookbook and they’re wonderful.

Nutella-Swirled Peanut Butter Chip Blondies - Easy One-Bowl No-Mixer Recipe at averiecooks.com

These were so good. And a little messy.

And that’s what napkins are for.

Nutella-Swirled Peanut Butter Chip Blondies - Easy One-Bowl No-Mixer Recipe at averiecooks.com

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Nutella-Swirled Peanut Butter Chip Blondies

The blondies are super soft, moist, and so fast and easy to make. The batter comes together in one bowl, in 5 minutes, without using a mixer. Peanut butter chips are woven throughout the blondies, providing a nice burst of peanut butter flavor amdist the buttery, caramely dough. The Nutella swirls add depth, richness, and a wonderful pop of chocolate. Ready in under 30 minutes from start to finish, and flexible based on what you have. Substitute chocolate chips for the peanut butter chips or peanut butter swirls for the Nutella swirls.

Yield: one 8x8 pan, 9 to 12 generous squares

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: about 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
1 large egg
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup Reese's Peanut Butter Chips (chocolate chips may be substituted)
about 1/3 cup Nutella (Homemade Peanut Butter or Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter may be substituted)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large, microwave-safe bowl melt the butter, about 1 minute on high power.
  3. Wait momentarily before adding the egg so you don't scramble it. Add the egg, brown sugar, vanilla, and whisk until smooth.
  4. Add the flour and stir until just combined, don't overmix.
  5. Stir in the peanut butter chips.
  6. Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.
  7. Evenly add and swirl the Nutella. To create the marbled pattern shown, drizzle Nutella over batter in 5 wide, evenly spaced, parallel lines, each spanning the length of the pan. Like 5 rows of long train tracks. Rotate pan 90-degrees. With a toothpick, starting at the top of the pan, "draw" 4 or 5 evenly spaced lines through the Nutella. You're dragging the toothpick perpendicularly through the first set of lines to create the marbling.
  8. Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until done. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. Bars shown in photographs were in 90F Caribbean heat and humidity, and very soft and melty. Allow bars to cool in pan for at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving. Bars will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

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175 Responses to “Nutella-Swirled Peanut Butter Chip Blondies”

  1. Felicia — March 29, 2015 at 10:20 am (#
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    )

    Made these last night to bring to a friend’s house, and they were a big hit! Rave reviews all around. Plus my roommate said they were her favorite treat from all that I’ve made in the past 6 months – looks like I’ll be making them again! 

    My Nutella swirls ended up more like blobs than swirls though… gotta work on my technique! I just saw your tip about microwaving it so it drizzles better, will have to try that next time. 

    • Averie Sunshine — March 29, 2015 at 3:41 pm (#
      )

      Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it came out great for you!

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