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I spent the entire day cleaning out the kids toy closet – a seemingly never ending and frequently recurring project!! After emptying out everything from the shelves and off the floor, I sorted, discarded, organized, gave away and wondered (not for the first time) how and why we had so much “stuff”.

With all my focus on tidying this small part of the house, I had little time to prepare dinner – but did bake these Chocolate Chip Pretzel Blondies to savor once we had finished with our meal comprised of leftovers.

the entire contents of the toy closet

toy closet after– the toy closet after a long day of organizing


chocolate chip pretzel blondies

2 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

12 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature

1 1/2 cups light brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup coarsely crushed pretzels

2 ounces chocolate

1/4 cup smooth peanut butter

Heat oven to 350F. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with parchment paper. In a bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and brown sugar until light. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then vanilla. Reduce speed to low and beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and pretzels, spread mixture evenly in baking pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool on a rack.

Melt chocolate with peanut butter, stirring until smooth. Spread mixture evenly over blondies. Let cool before cutting.


Recipe adapted from All You