Care Packages 101: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies

It’s that time of year again.  Classes start for both my girls this week, and I want to get off a couple of care packages so that they arrive right at the beginning of their year.  A good care package should be lovingly packed with the taste of home, and that means no-fail family favorites, like these Peanut Butter Blondies, for one.

To make a successful care package you need to start at the crack of dawn.  You need time to bake, cool and pack your goodies  and then get them to the post office in time for an early pick up.  I try not to pack too much so that it’s overwhelming, but enough so that they can share with new or old buddies.  I always include napkins.

These are good for shipping because they will stay moist, thanks to the brown sugar and peanut butter.  I’m going to wrap each one in plastic wrap for easy grabbing on the fly.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies
oven to 350
line an 8×8 square baking pan with a sling of parchment or foil for easy removal and cutting

6 Tbsp unsalted butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup peanut butter (I like smooth)
  • Melt the butter either in a saucepan or in a microwavable mixing bowl
  • Whisk in the sugars and peanut butter until thoroughly mixed.
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Whisk in the eggs and vanilla.
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • Whisk together the flour and salt and stir into the wet mixture.  Then fold in the chips.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes until a toothpick comes out moist but clean.  Don’t over bake—treat these blondies as you would brownies and err on the underdone side.

Tomorrow I’ll be making my Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread.  This recipe is a special one, my kids howl if they don’t get some right at the start of September, and it’s good enough to revisit.

See you tomorrow!


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    Hungry Dog
    September 8, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    I wish someone would send me a care package full of these blondies! Instead I’ll have to make them myself…

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    September 7, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Made these yesterday. They turned out awesome and are really good. The only adjustment I made was in the amount of chocolate chips. Decreased those to 3/4 cup instead. Splurged and ate one warm with a little vanilla ice cream on top. Soo good. Thank you for sharing your recipes. I know we all love them. :)

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    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    September 7, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Those are gorgeous! You are such a great Mom. I am making these and will pretend they’re for my children, unless they happen to stop by. Another fantastic post with incredible photos!

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    September 7, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Mmmmm. I do love me some blondies! Would you send some to MY daughter, too? She is at Wash U in St. Louis and I am living in Paris, so care packages are few and far between. LIke never!

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    September 6, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Oh, I’m definately trying these this weekend. Care package…..for me ;)

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    September 6, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    You post the best recipes! I’m going to try this and the chocolate chip pumpkin bread using whole wheat flour!

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      Sue/the view from great island
      September 6, 2012 at 7:55 pm

      That’s a great idea, it’s funny how I’m not as adventurous with family favorite recipes! I think either one would be really good with whole wheat, I may just have to break with tradition!

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    Inside a British Mum's Kitchen
    September 7, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Oh what a great package!! I’m learning from you – my eldest will be off to college next fall!!
    Mary x

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    September 6, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Sunday I am posting my Pb blondies that I made in Aruba – almost a month ago. I had so many posts to get thru and the timing just worked out that way and seeing your blondies makes me hungry! They’re beautiful – what a great recipe!

    And that pumpkin choc chip bread – I’ve seen that in your archives and it’s a stunner! I want it!

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    September 6, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    I adore blondies. I absolutely love the peanut butter chocolate variation too. The crust on yours looks fantastic. I am now officially craving them. Thanks. Again.

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    September 6, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    going to make these too… my kids are all in town … so I’ll just send a care text!!

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