Saturday, February 4, 2012

peanut butter chocolate chip cookie bars

these little beauties are perfection- slightly crisp on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside. they are so. dang. easy. they come together quickly with a pretty short list of ingredients and if you use parchment paper to line the baking dish, clean up is a cinch.

they are bursting with the peanut butter chips and the dark chocolate chips (i like ghirardelli 60% cacao) and have a light peanut butter flavor running throughout the batter.


i slightly under baked them, being careful to watch until they were just about done, taking them out and then letting them sit in the baking dish for another 20 minutes after i pulled them out of the oven. they will gently continue to cook while sitting in the dish and then be exactly how we like our cookies, slightly crisp outside, soft on the inside.

make sure and grab a glass of some sort of milk/dairy substitute drink when you have one!

peanut butter chocolate chip cookie bars
recipe by brown eyed baker

1½ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup light brown sugar
¾ cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup ghirardelli dark chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter chips

preheat oven to 350 degrees F. grease a 9×13-inch baking pan or line it with parchment, set aside.

in a small bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.

in the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the brown sugar, peanut butter, butter and granulated sugar on medium speed until creamy and light. add the egg and vanilla extract and mix until combined. reduce speed to low and add the dry ingredients, mixing only until the flour is just incorporated. using a rubber spatula, mix in the chocolate chips and peanut butter chips.

turn out the mixture into the prepared pan and press into an even layer.

bake for 16 to 20 minutes (mine were done @ 16), or until the center is just set. cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. cut into bars and store at room temperature in an airtight container.

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