Friday, November 4, 2011
I had chocolate chips sitting in my pantry for a while and when our neighbors invited us over for dinner I said I'd bring dessert. I was originally thinking of just making chocolate chip cookies, but that's just too boring, not to mention cookies take a good chunk of time to bake. So I searched for a chocolate chip cookie bar recipe but then thought, well why not add in peanut butter? Isn't chocolate and peanut butter better than just plain ol' chocolate? I had to resist eating the entire batch of dough, it is sooooo good! These cookie bars are moist, thick, and delicious. We made them even better by heating them up in the microwave and placing a dollop of vanilla ice cream on top.
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars
From Bake at 350
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup natural chunky peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8 X 8 pan. Whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder and set aside. Cream the butter and peanut butter together until smooth. Beat in the sugars until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Add in the flour mixture.
By hand, stir in the chocolate chips until combined. Spread the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake for 30 - 32 minutes. Cool completely before cutting.