You need these Peanut Butter S’more Blondies in your life — rich and chewy peanut butter bars loaded with graham cracker chunks, milk chocolate bar pieces, and marshmallow swirl.
Can we all agree that men should never ever talk about PMS?
It’s not okay, men. It’s just not.
First off, you don’t even understand. You can’t be critical or even have an opinion of something you will never come close to experiencing.
Want to know what PMS is like? Sorry, I can’t tell you. Because I wouldn’t make sense.
BECAUSE IT MAKES NO SENSE.
My husband and I have been together for 11 years and he referenced my PMS for the first time the other day. I don’t even know what he was THINKING.
One minute I am talking to him (okay, I might have been loudly talking and the words I was saying might have been critical in tone), and the next thing I know I heard, “blah blah blah you blah blah crazy blah blah PMS”.
You don’t even know. Or maybe you know. It was like suddenly my head was attached to a string and someone gave it a good hard yank.
What man says the words, “you”, “PMS”, and “crazy” in the same sentence?
My husband, apparently.
Not acceptable. Just not.
You know what the worst part is? In hindsight, most of us KNOW we get kind of crazy, but at the time, someone else is driving that train. I don’t know who, but if your PMS is like mine, it’s a combination of Roseanne Barr when she was in that devil movie, and Willie Wonka from the Chocolate Factory. And not Johnny Depp Wonka, but Gene Wilder Wonka, who rode a very fine line between harmless crazy and potential serial killer.
So listen, men (my husband). If you come home to a mess, if we wear the same sweat pants for a day or three, if we forgo dinner in favor of chocolate bars and wine, LET IT GO.
If you think we are acting crazy, tune it out. You’re good at that. Pretend we are talking about nail polish, or the Kardashians, and go wherever it is that you go when we talk about things that bore you right out of your biscuit. But for the love, don’t refer to PMS, hormones, or crazy.
Also, don’t do that thing where you talk to us super carefully and tiptoe around like we are handling a loaded weapon.
And be nice, but not overbearingly fake nice.
Also, if you want to go the extra mile (but don’t be weird and make a huge deal about it), you can bake these bars.
There’s chocolate in them, sooo….
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 TBS baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 2 sticks salted butter, slightly softened
- 1 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 4 large eggs
- 5 regular sized Hershey milk chocolate bars, chopped into large chunks
- 5 graham cracker rectangles, chopped
- 13 oz (the LARGE jar) Marshmallow Creme
- Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a 9x13 pan or spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
- In the bowl of your mixer, beat butter, peanut butter, and both sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
- Stop the mixer to scrape the sides of the bowl before adding the eggs one at a time, beating after each. Mix in vanilla. Scrape the sides of the bowl again.
- With the mixer on low speed, slowly add flour mixture until incorporated. Using a wooden spoon, make sure all the flour mixture from the bottom of the bowl is mixed in (batter will be thick). Fold in the chocolate and graham cracker pieces.
- Spread approximately 2/3 of batter in prepared pan.
- With the lid (and packaging seal) removed, microwave the Marshmallow Creme, stirring every 20 seconds, until it's softened and easy to spread. Spoon evenly over batter in pan and spread gently.
- Spoon remaining batter over marshmallow, as evenly as possible. Spread a bit, then using a sharp knife, drag through the batter, creating a "swirl". Bake for about 30 minutes, until edges are brown and bars are dark golden all over (some of the marshmallow may puff up and get darker brown than the rest of the batter -- this is okay).
- Let bars cool completely. Refrigerate until firm for ease in cutting (this also keeps the marshmallow from oozing out).
Enjoy and have a great day!