I’m not one for hype usually. And the Magnolia Bakery in NY sure gets a lot of hype. All over some cupcakes, that you wait in line for and can only buy 12 at a time. Out of curiosity I bought the More from Magnolia Bakery cookbook a few years back to try out their vanilla cupcake recipe. It is my favorite by far. So to me it was worth the hype. I bought the first Magnolia Cookbook and last week At Home with Magnolia came out and I made sure to buy that. Now I hadn’t seen it because I ordered off Amazon, like the majority of my cookbooks, and I didn’t know what it would be about. I must admit that I am a little sad because there is only a small section on desserts, which of course I am all about. But overall it looks like a good cookbook and my first treat from it was well received by my husband. The recipe calls for peanut butter chips, which I was out of but will most definitely buy for the next time I make these. I used chocolate chips instead.


Peanut Butter Blondies with White Chocolate and Pecans

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup coarsely chopped toasted pecans
1/2 cup chocolate chips*
1/2 cup coarsely chopped white chocolate

Preheat oven to 325F.
Grease and lightly flour and 8 inch square baking pan.
In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream the butter with the peanut butter and the sugars until smoothm about 2-3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat well. Add the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Stir in the pecans, chocolate chips and the white chocolate, reserving 2 TBSP of each.
Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan. Sprinkle the reserved pecans, chips and white chocolate evenly over the top and, using a spatula, gently press into the batter. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted comes out clean with moist crumbs attached.
Do not overbake. Allow to cool to room temperature before cutting and serving.

*the original recipe calls for peanut butter chips and I didn’t have any so I used chocolate chips instead.
Source: At Home with Magnolia: Classic American Recipes from the Owner of Magnoila Bakery by Allysa Torey 2006




  1. I just put that book on my wish list! Your pictures rock!

  2. They look delightful, and they are some gorgeous photos!

  3. I have been trying to find a good blondie recipe for a long time…these look delicious.

  4. Yet another baking sensation! Looks delicious! Glad to hear the Magnolia thing is worth all the hype, so many times it isn’t. :)

  5. PB & chocolate – one of my favorite combinations. Yummy!

  6. I have to say, I make more brownies than blondies, but these make me want to change my ways!

  7. Those look delish!

  8. I’ve heard mention about the Magnolia Bakery but never got as far as purchasing the book. But if you say it’s worth the hype, then I’m certain it is! I mean, how much farther can a cupcake go? Apparently MB knows how!

    Thanks for dropping by…I’ve been on a serious shrimp quest lately!

  9. Peanut butter chips seem better in this recipe, but hey, your blondies still look wonderful!
    Peabody, I’ve just made your Devil Food Cake, it turns out GREAT! I’m going to tell Saffron and Pepper (from Italy) since who has asked me about a recipe also. Peabody, thanks for sharing!

  10. These look nice! All these pecan nuts with the chocolate. How can one resist! I have to try them!

  11. Your pictures are making me feel faint! YUM! I have never had Magnolia cupcakes but there is a store that just opened here that sells Magnolia-like cupcakes and they are pretty good…have been thinking about that book, nice to hear a good review :) Gads, too much stuff on my to-buy list!

  12. Next time (after you go grocery shopping) try using both chocolate chips and peanut butter chips — you get the best of both!

  13. Delicious! Really mouth-watering…
    Oh, wish there was a magnolia bakery – and peanut butter chips! – over here!! =) yum yum yum

  14. They look great but Magnolia’s products (in person) are icky! I was scared to use the book, but if you like it, I might give it another shot!

  15. These look amazing. I’m in a very brownie-blondie headspace right now…


  16. Wow! delicious & creative food on a platter! All your pictures are Superb!

  17. Last night I was looking to make some blondies so I googled
    “Peabody and blondies” knowing you would have the best. Sure enough these would great (love your snickerdoodle version, too).

    Thanks again Peabody and happy new year!


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