Halloween is just around the corner! Have you decided what you’re going to be yet? Kramer and I never really got into the Halloween spirit until we moved to New York, where people really get into it. I think that is has something to do with the fact that you don’t have to worry about driving here, which was always a concern of mine on major (drinking) holidays when we lived in Phoenix. I never wanted to venture out into the world on those nights because you never know who is behind the wheel of the cars around you. Now that this is no longer a concern of mine, though, I can go out and feel free to wander around without worrying about getting safely home. I’ve been Han Solo for the past few years, which is a costume that Kramer helped me lovingly put together, including handmade blood-stripes on a pair of blue pants, but this year we’re going to be in Mexico for a friend’s wedding, so we wanted to find a costume that is easy to pack (obviously the rehearsal dinner is Halloween-themed with costumes required). We ended up landing on the two main characters from Funny Games, which is itself a scary movie, making it perfect for Halloween, plus the people we are dressing up as wear white shorts and white shirts – excellent beachy Mexico attire, don’t you think? I have a feeling very few people will know who we are, but the resort said that they have golf clubs that I can borrow to carry around all night and add to the costume. It’s an easy outfit to pack in a carry-on bag, too. It’s a win-win-win. Anyway, we’re off to Mexico early Wednesday morning, so I’ll probably be M.I.A. until Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.
With Halloween around the corner, the temptation to buy lots and lots of candy is overwhelming. I still have an entire bag of Twix in my cupboard, but I had to do something with the two bags of Reeses peanut butter cups that I bought, as those are an even bigger weakness of both Kramer and myself and we would have slowly, but surely, devoured both bags without even realizing it. I figured I would do something simple, so a peanut butter blondie was born with plenty of roughly chopped Reeses folded into the batter. The blondies themselves were nice and chewy, with a bit of a crunchy crust and plenty of peanut butter flavor. Kramer absolutely loved them, and I didn’t seem to think they were so bad myself, as I kept nibbling on a corner here or a middle piece there as I cut them into bars to take to work. You can really put any candy in these, obviously, but I think Reeses are the best Halloween treat.
Kramer enjoying the changing leaves.
And figuring out which direction we were supposed to be headed in.
Get your batter together.
Unwrap your Reeses.
Then chop ’em up!
And fold them in.
Press your batter into your prepared pan – it will be very thick.
Then bake, cool and eat!
- 2 cups packed brown sugar
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup chunky peanut butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 25 Reeses regular-sized peanut butter cups (about 1½ bags), roughly chopped
- Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, beat together the brown sugar and melted butter until well combined - be sure to beat for at least 3 minutes. Add in the peanut butter, beat until well combined, then add in the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in the molasses and vanilla.
- Add in the flour, about ½ cup at a time until combined, then the salt. Roughly chop your peanut butter cups and fold them into the batter. Line and/or grease a 9x13-inch baking pan, then use your hands to spread the batter into the pan (the dough will be thick and you will have to use your hands). Bake for 40 minutes, then remove the pan and cover it with foil to protect the top of the blondies from burning, then bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, until set. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars and serving.