Chocolate Chip and Peanut Blondies

Makes 12-16 pieces

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup (1 stick)
1 1/4 cups (packed) golden brown sugar (I used dark brown)
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup salted roasted peanuts, divided
1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips, divided

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter and flour 8x8x2-inch baking pan*.

Whisk flour, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl to blend.  Melt butter in a large heavy saucepan over low heat.

Remove from the heat; add sugar, and whisk until smooth**.  Cool mixture 2 minutes; whisk in eggs and vanilla.  Using a flexible spatula, stir in flour mixture, then half of the peanuts and half of the chocolate chips.  Spread the batter in the prepared pan; sprinkle with remaining peanuts and chocolate chips.

Bake blondies until golden, and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean and edges just begin to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 30 minutes.  Cool completely in pan on a rack.

Cut blondies into 12-16 squares.  Serve.

*The recipe calls for a metal pan, I used a glass pan with great results.

**The mixture will take a while to come together, just keep whisking until the butter and sugar are well combined.
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