White Chocolate Reese’s Pumpkin Blondies #PumpkinWeek

by Erin

The combination of pumpkin, peanut butter, and chocolate may seem strange at first, but soon you will realize that these rich, salty, and sweet flavors belong together.

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If you think the combination of pumpkin and peanut butter is weird, well then I am here to prove you wrong. The phrase “don’t knock it ’til you try it” definitely applies here. I saw the light a year ago when I first tried this combo in pumpkin peanut butter cups. Rich pumpkin, salty-peanut butter, and sweet chocolate. I see no problems here. Even bloggers such as Jenny (Picky Palate), Sommer (A Spicy Perspective), and Jessica (How Sweet It Is) are in on the pumpkin+peanut butter party so why arn’t you?

Sadly it took me another year to dabble with this combination of flavors again but it’s back thanks to the Reese’s orange-white chocolate pumpkin-shaped cups. You could of also use regular white chocolate Reese’s cups but the pumpkin ones are perfect for the season. I chopped them up and mixed them into the pumpkin blondie batter and then also pressed some into the top as well to make use of their cute shape.

One year ago: Sunny Anderson’s Spicy Macaroni and Cheese

Two years ago: Chicken in Basil Cream Sauce

Three years ago: Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes

WHITE CHOCOLATE REESE’S PUMPKIN BLONDIES

Makes 24 bars

Ingredients:

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

3/4 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground allspice

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature

1 cup dark brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 egg

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

1 (15 oz.) can pure pumpkin puree (or 2 cups homemade)

2 bags (about 20 oz.) white chocolate Reese’s (I used the pumpkin shape), 12 whole and the rest chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan and line with parchment paper, leaving overhang on the sides; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg and salt; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter and sugars until smooth. Add egg and vanilla and whisk until completely incorporated. Add the pumpkin and again whisk to fully incorporate. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the flour mixture until combined and no pockets of flour remain. Fold in the chopped Reese’s. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth into an even layer. Place the 12 whole Reese’s on top.
  4. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a thin knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack, then use the parchment handles to lift the bars out of the pan and cut into squares. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Source: Adapted slightly from Brown Eyed Baker.
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Rebekah @ Making Miracles October 27, 2014 - 12:27 pm

I definitely need to make these… they sound phenomenal!

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[email protected] Tastes Good October 27, 2014 - 2:15 am

This is definitely a new flavor combo for me, but I won’t knock it! I can almost taste the yumminess. Definitely going to have to give this a try! Thanks!

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Zainab October 25, 2014 - 12:39 am

Oh these look amazing!! I have to try pumpkin and peanut butter soon

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sarah k @ the pajama chef October 24, 2014 - 7:37 pm

how delicious! i need to get on the pumpkin + peanut butter train!

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Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) October 24, 2014 - 1:26 pm

Those are the cutest things ever!

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Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere October 24, 2014 - 10:47 am

Woah. This looks amazing!

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Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm October 24, 2014 - 9:44 am

I think pumpkin and peanut butter sounds great together….I just hadn’t thought about it before.

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Baby June October 24, 2014 - 6:25 am

Yum, those look like some delicious blondies! Can’t wait for the rest of pumpkin week! :D

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