Surprise! We are throwing a baby shower! Ok, well maybe a virtual one, but I still wish I could sip margaritas and shovel tacos in my mouth with all the lovely ladies who are taking part in this celebration in real life. We are celebrating the uber talented and always lovely Christina at Dessert for Two with an array of things for two, pies, and all the things in-between. Christina is going to have a sweet baby girl and I’ve loved following along with her over the years, especially over the course of her pregnancy and writing her cookbook, which I’ve loved veganizing. A year or so ago, Christina started fielding all my blogging questions via e-mail and was the most patient and understanding internet friend I’ve ever (not face to face, yet!) met, so I owe her a pan of these sweet blondies and maybe a few mocktails for good measure. Post baby though, I’ll take a glass of bourbon on the rocks with this girl, hands down.
I know one of Christina’s favorite things is bourbon, so I knew I had to work them into a dessert somehow. Seeing as how I have a few jars of homemade nutella hanging out in my fridge, swirling it right into the peanut butter bourbon blondies just made these even bigger and better. I chose to underbake these just a little bit, especially since dry blondies are no one’s favorite, right? Sub in any nut butter you have around for the peanut butter, but please don’t skip the nutella, it just makes these! I didn’t have any on hand, but chocolate chips might make these just swoon worthy, so just try it out and let me know (and bring me a few pieces!), ok?
Just a word of warning, store bought Nutella is NOT vegan, so go ahead and just make your own!
Cheers to Christina and her baby girl, I can’t wait to see what great things she accomplishes in her mama’s footsteps! xo
A lot of other amazing bloggers are taking part in this shower too! Check them all out here:
Fizzy Grapefruit Margaritas from Well Plated
Earl Grey Cake with Vanilla Bean Buttercream from Country Cleaver
Mini Bourbon and Bacon Tater Tot Casseroles from Climbing Grier Mountain
Maple-Chia Overnight Oatmeal from Feed Me Phoebe
Lemon Cake for Two from Keep It Sweet Desserts
Mini Raspberry Pavlovas from The Baker Chick
Almond Berry Cake Parfaits for Two from Edible Perspective
Peanut Butter Bourbon Blondies from The Frosted Vegan
Mixed Berry Mascarpone Scones from Bluebonnet Baker
Greek Yogurt Funfetti Cupcakes for Two from The Housewife in Training Files
Bourbon Barbeque Sliders with Bleu Cheese from Saucy Pear
Steak Fajita Tacos for Two from The Sweetphi Blog
Mango Madeleines from Stetted
Citrus Salad with Mint, Honey, and Lime from Rachel Cooks
Parfaits for Two from Order in the Kitchen
Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse with Coconut Whipped Cream from Joyful Healthy Eats
French Breakfast Puffs from Stephie Cooks
Blueberry Vanilla Cream Hand Pies from Eats Well With Others
Banana Pudding Cheesecake from The Domestic Rebel
- ¾ cup peanut butter
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- ⅓ cup cold water
- 2 tablespoons bourbon
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- Pinch of salt
- ½ cup nutella (not store bought, unless it is vegan! Just make your own.)
- Grease an 8x8 or 9x9 pan and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, maple syrup, cold water, and bourbon. Add in the sugar, vanilla, flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir until mixture is well combined. If mixture is too stiff, add a tablespoon or two of water. Spread batter into the greased pan, using a spatula to spread the batter in the pan evenly. Swirl in the nutella. I had to heat mine up a bit to get it to a better spreading texture, but it depends on your nutella!
- Bake for 20-23 minutes, or until mixture is golden on top. Let cool and cut into squares.