Fall Treats: Peanut Butter Blondies and Apple Cider Floats

I so excited to be collaborating with M&Ms and Mott’s Apple Juice through Collective Bias to bring you theses fun fall recipes! #harvestfun
I’ve shared so many brownie recipes on here that when I saw a beautiful picture of blondies a few weeks ago, I knew we needed to get some of those in my oven and on this blog. I took a very basic blondie recipe and added a little peanut butter and oatmeal for some fun flavor and texture. Add lots of M&Ms into the mix and you’ve got a perfect fall treat. If you like chewy chocolate chip cookies, you’ll love these. Think brownie texture with a burst of peanut butter and crunchy chocolate. 
What You’ll Need:
  • 1/2 C butter (super soft or melted)
  • 1 C packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 TBSP peanut butter (I use creamy)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • dash of salt (1/8 teaspoon works)
  • 1 C flour
  • 1/3 C rolled oats
  • 1/3 C M&Ms (or 1/2 if you’re feeling chocolatey 🙂 

What You’ll Do:
  1. Cream/mix butter, sugar, and peanut butter well. 
  2. Add egg and vanilla and whisk together (don’t over mix here – did you know its important not to over beat eggs in baking or else your batter gets “tough”?)
  3. Add all dry ingredients and stir together. 
  4. Spread on a greased pan and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean (I like them a little gooey so bake longer if you don’t!)
  5. Let them cool for a few minutes and serve warm with a cold glass of milk. 
One great thing about this recipe is it makes a very small batch (I’d double it if we were having more than two people over) so don’t expect to have lots of leftovers! 
And because I love taking pictures of food (keep scrolling for a fun apple cider recipe): 

Apple cider season is here! In New Hampshire we’d head to an apple farm and have fresh cider before taking home barrels of apples for homemade apple sauce and while we haven’t made it to an apple farm, we’ve still enjoyed some cider already.  I made these floats this weekend for Ben and he gave them the thumbs up. The thing to note here is that if you want to serve them cold you’re going to have to chill the cider for awhile in the fridge (at least an hour), so make time for that.

What you’ll need:

  • Motts Apple Juice
  • Brown Sugar (a pinch per serving) 
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Vanilla Ice cream
What you’ll do:
  1. Simmer apple juice on stovetop on medium heat with brown sugar (I added a large pinch for each cup of juice). 
  2. Once the mixture has almost come to a boil, turn down to low heat and place a cinnamon stick or two in the pan (I used one for two cups of juice). Let it soak for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat. Remove the cinnamon stick (save for garnish). 
  4. Refrigerate until cool (about an hour).
  5. Serve in mugs with scoops of vanilla ice-cream. 
**You could totally serve these floats hot if you are into that. 

For more fall baking ideas check out this board on pinterest:


  1. Not quite ready here for hot apple cider because of the heat. A float sounds fun!

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