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A Throwback Revamped - Fluffernutter Blondies with Graham Cracker Crust

January 02 2012 - 1:30 PM

Fluffernutter_blondiesOne of the few sandwiches that could take on the classic PB&J has to be that gooey fluffernutter sandwich. Somehow marshmallow fluff makes peanut butter that much more wonderful, and vice versa. It's easy to forget about this nostalgic combination. Yet, when you pass the fluff in the baking aisle of your grocery store, don't deny that pang of longing.

When I  feel like a little fluffernutter without eating a whole meal, my go-to is the graham cracker fluffernutter. And this became my inspiration for this dessert.

It's a serious crowd pleaser and a major throwback. Kids love it and adults will be sneaking them until the plate is empty. 

Fluffernutter Blondies with Graham Cracker Crust
Makes an 8X8 pan

1 stick unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4-1/3 cup marshmallow fluff
1/4 tsp salt

Crust:
3 tbsp butter, melted
1 sleeve of graham crackers, crushed

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix together melted butter and graham cracker crumbs. Press into the bottom of your pan until you have an even crust. Bake for about 10 minutes. *Note: This isn't a necessary step, but it makes it much easier to spread in the blondie batter if your crust is a bit firm. 
  2. Meanwhile, beat together butter and sugar until it is fluffy. 
  3. Slowly add peanut butter until it is incorporated. 
  4. Add in the eggs, vanilla and salt until combined. 
  5. Gradually mix in the flour. Once your batter is thoroughly mixed, pour it into the pan with your graham cracker crust. 
  6. Using a small spoon, dollop bits of marshmallow fluff on top of your batter throughout the pan. With a knife, gently swirl the fluff throughout the batter until it is evenly distributed. 
  7. Bake until the blondies are golden brown on the sides (it's okay if they are a bit undercooked in the middle) for about 35 minutes. Wait until they are fully cooled to cut them even though this will be a struggle. 

Throw some chocolate chips into the mix, and you've got yourself an upscale version of 'smores. Either way, these bars are moist, decadent and truly capture the original fluffernutter essence in a dessert. 

 –Marly Schuman

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