Tuesdays with Dorie: Peanuttiest Blondies

November 2, 2010

Happy Peanut Butter Lovers Month! (Is it bad that I know about this?)

These photos might be the last taken with my trusty, little Canon A430 camera. After two years, 200 blog posts, and far too many snaps than I can count, the camera began displaying the dreaded white horizontal lines, and blindly white out-put. Of course I'm in a bit of a panic. For food bloggers, not having a camera is like a musician giving a performance to an empty theater. At the moment I'm looking for a stand-in camera until I can figure out what to do. Luckily I have a few recipes from the summer that I never got around to uploading. Thank you, laziness. :-) I may use these recipes as Tuesdays with Dorie substitutes, so please bear with me if this month has slim pickings. Ok, with that unpleasant business aside...onto these blondies!

This weeks recipe was chosen by Nicole, of Bakeologie. After last months pie-laden picks, it was a relief to make something easy, fast, and yet still ridiculously delicious. Peanut butter, gracious as always, made a grand reappearance into my world of baking. Even though the recipe calls for normal peanut butter, all I had on hand was a jar of Peanut Butter & Co's all-natural Cinnamon Raisin Swirl. Since the jar was in danger of being consumed by the spoonful, I had no choice but to use it in the recipe. Also, I replaced the peanuts with walnuts.

The results were lethal. It was almost impossible to resist an urge to just grab the entire batch and find a happy private place to enjoy them, alone. They had all the soft, chewy-centered goodness that make blondies so irresistible plus a mild spicey whisper of cinnamon. I added the ganache just because I wanted to. Trust me, you really don't need it with these (but it was spectacular.)

For the recipe, please visit Nicole's lovely blog by clicking here! Thank you, Nicole. This recipe is definitely worth a repeat. To see how the other Tuesdays with Dorie bakers did, please click here. I've included the recipe for the ganache. You know...just in case.

Ganache (makes enough to cover an 8x8 or 9x9-inch pan of anything.)
*printer friendly Recipe*

1/2 + 1/4 cup of bittersweet chocolate chips (I used Ghiradelli's 60% Cacao Chips)
1/4 cup of heavy cream
1/2 Tablespoon of unsalted butter

Place the chocolate chips in a heat-proof bowl.
In a small sauce pan, bring the cream to a slow, gentle boil.
Pour the cream over the chocolate chips and let it stand for about 2 minutes.
Whisk in the butter and gently stir until the chocolate and butter are melted and the mixture is smooth.
Pour over the blondies and spread into an even layer.
Refrigerate until the ganache has hardened slightly.
Cut pieces with a knife run under hot water.


  1. Valerie, you added ganache! Now I'm going to have to make them again. They look irresistable.

  2. Oh my. Gooey, caramelly, chocolate! The devil made Dorie do it! And you followed right along, tempting us all!

  3. Pretty blondie, Valerie!
    Ooh, and I'm so sorry about your camera. I kind of love and hate the idea of my camera conching out;) Hopefully, you will be able to enjoy the new camera thing. That sounds nice...
    Do you have a certain kind of camera in mind. I've heard that a lot of bloggers love the Canon Rebel while some prefer any Nikon to anything Canon???

  4. Those look terrific! I'm not a huge peanut butter fan, but the rest of my family is. Looks like they're in for a treat!
    Sorry about your camera. Good luck in replacing it!

  5. Thanks, everyone. :)

    Stella, I found a used Canon A520 on ebay. The price was very low so I'm nervous about the condition... but I do need something. Thanks to student loans, I can't treat myself to a dslr camera (I don't think I would know what to do with one if I had it.) Hopefully this Canon will work beautifully. *fingers crossed*

  6. Cinnamon Peanut butter?! And ganache! Oh my my those look fantastic! Thanks for baking with me this week ;)

  7. I love your additions! These look delish.

  8. YOWZA! Any recipe described as "lethal" is a recipe I want to try!

  9. Wow! My favorite pb is PB&Co's Dark Chocolate Dreams, so I'll definitely have to try that Cinnamon Raisin Swirl. Your blondies look fab! :)

  10. I like the way you think, that ganache is the perfect touch.
    So sorry about your camera, I hope you find a suitable replacement.

  11. Hello Valerie!

    Deadly Deadly Deadly!!! OMG! This is a must try recipe! Thanks for sharing your post and wonderful and sinful photos!

    I will keep my fingers crossed you will find a spot on someone's boat to cook!

    happy baking!
    LeeYong rolfmester@yahoo.com

  12. your ganache looks wonderful and shiny and perfect topping for these blondies.

  13. Wow I wish I would have thought about adding a chocolate ganache topping. They look outstandingly good! I would have ate the entire pan and felt like crap.!

  14. It's certainly not a bad thing that you know about Peanut Lovers' Month, since because of it we get this marvelous recipe! They look incredible.

    Cheers and thanks,


  15. Hey Valerie, I got my fingers crossed for you. I've never bought anything off of E-Bay, so I admire your bravery (smile).
    Oh, and we have over 235,000 in student loan between Cauldron Boy and me. Yeah! I feel for you. I really do...

  16. These look so gorgeous that I am really regretting my decision not to bake along this week. In fact, I have already torn through the kitchen cupboards and have found no peanut butter, peanuts, or chocolate, so it doesn't look like I'll be making a last-minute batch either.
    Tragic news about the camera, but I can't wait to hear how the ebay one works out.

  17. Oh, I'm really procrastinating now, but about the spelling. I'm obsessed, so have plans for a spelling/grammar post. Yup, I'm a geeky English teacher!

  18. Mary, I think that's a great idea. One can only take so much of Google asking "did you mean...?"

  19. OH goodness me! That looks ridiculously delicious!!

    Mary xo

  20. mmmmm... these look so gooey, dense, and buttery. and what great pictures!

  21. Oh my!! I love that you added ganache..that looks amazing!

  22. Oh wow - these look ridiculously good!

  23. Holy. Moly!! Those look incredible! I wish I could reach through the screen and take one in my hand to have with my tea right now. Terrific idea!

  24. I'm confident you will find a camera soon. No doubt about it. Valerie, I'm continually impressed by how often you blog, your wonderful stories, and how you find all this time to cook and blog and write.

  25. I can't believe it took me so long to get over here to see your blondies. And I even linked you on mine. You win this week. (I always pick a weekly winner, if just in my mind.) The ganache on top looks heavenly!

  26. Wow, those are some seriously delicious looking blondies. Love the addition of chocolate ganache to really make these rich. By the way, I'm holding a CSN giveaway on my blog and you're welcome to come by and enter. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2010/11/45-csn-giveaway.html

  27. Thanks, Katrina!

    Lisa, thank you. I'm on my way. :)

  28. Ooh, yummm!!! Look at how decadent those look. Good call with the ganache :)

  29. You like Ganache just like I do :) Easy and very impressive to most, hahaha.


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♥ Valerie


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