Thursday, May 20, 2010

Peanut Butter + Chocolate = LOVE


What is it about the combination of peanut butter and chocolate that is so magical? I'm not a girl to eats peanut butter by the spoonful, but combine it with chocolate...I can't resist.

Now, my sister, on the other hand, is a true peanut butter lover. She used to eat peanut butter on pancakes and peanut butter & pickle sandwiches (yep...it's true), so I thought she'd like these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars.


{And, it's a good idea to get them out of the house. I "tested" one and almost inhaled the entire pan.}

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars
{adapted from Peanut Butter Smoothies from The King Arthur Flour's Cookie Companion}

6 TBSP unsalted butter
1/2 c natural chunky peanut butter (I use Skippy Natural)
1 c sugar
1/4 c light brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 c flour
1/4 tsp coarse salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 c chocolate chips (semi-sweet)

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease an 8 x 8" pan

Whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder. 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 bowl after each addition. Stir in the vanilla.

Stir in the flour mixture. Add the chocolate chips, stirring until combined.

Spread the batter into the prepared pan (you WILL want to lick the spoon...it's yummy!). Bake for about 30- 32 minutes. Cool completely before cutting.


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Now, I thought I was pretty smart, handing these over to my sister and her family to avoid all those calories. My sister sent me home with a plate of the Pioneer Woman's Lemon Crumb Squares. {Paybacks are heck.}


PS....there is a new video over at University of Cookie! Yours truly showing the very BASICS of outlining and filling/flooding cookies. Come on over and see! :)

PS #2....this post will be linked to I'm Lovin' It over at my friend TidyMom's blog 'cause I'm LOVIN' peanut butter and chocolate!


79 comments:

  1. Oh Goodness! THOSE LOOK DIVINE!

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  2. I SO understand! That's why when I made some PB/Choc. Chip Cookies on Monday, I filled two pans, then rolled the rest up in wax paper, put them in a big ziplock and froze them. I already made one of the rolls for our game night.
    If your sister really likes PB on things, she should try it on French Toast with Syrup and Powdered Sugar. It's so good.
    (And while I'm making too long of a comment, French Toast is easy to make in the waffle maker and then you have holes to pour the syrup into. My mom calls them Fraffles.)

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  3. I LOVE peanut butter and pickle sandwiches! When I was young, it was not uncommon for us to add a slice of cheese also. Somehow, the sandwich sounded healthier than chocolate chip cookies. These bars looks wonderful and since I'm having people over this weekend......:-)

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  4. I really believe peanut butter and chocolate is my love language!

    My son eats pb on his pancakes and waffles!!

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  5. Wow, these look so yummy. I MUST try this recipe.

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  6. My husband and now a few of my kids eat peanut butter on hot dogs. I prefer my PB with chocolate:)

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  7. Oh my gosh! I think I'm going to have to make these! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Okay...this was not a good post to read at 10 at night when I was craving chocolate anyway!!! YUM... it's all I can say!!!!

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  9. Yum!!! I think I'm going to have to try those.

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  10. Good grannies those look delicious! Bridget, how in the world do you keep your beautiful figure.

    Oh yeah, you said you got them out of the house.

    I envy your will power. I have none.

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  11. I agree with you - peanut butter is ehhh when it's alone but with chocolate...WHOA! Then again, what isn't good with chocolate?

    If we have PB in the house, I'm making these tomorrow!

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  12. OMG these were so good. I could not stop eating them! Thanks so much! I might have to have a peanut butter and pickle sandwich for lunch!

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  13. Those look incredible! Bar cookies are my fave!

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  14. Oh WOW Bridget!! these look and sound amazing!!......smart thinking of getting them out of the house! LOL......too bad she had something to send to you! I'm going to have to check out those lemon squares too...I love lemon!♥

    Thanks for linking up! have a GREAT weekend!!

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  15. I cannot wait to make these this weekend!! even though PW's lemon squares are might tempting too!

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  16. YUM! Those look so good. I see why you had to get them out of the house. I could have eaten the whole batch. BTW Lovin' your new site! How do you do it all??

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  17. Yum! These look amazing! I've gotta try these!

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  18. Ok so I really am not a peanut butter fan..but my sister and boyfriend and spoonful of peanut butter lovers! Cant wait to make these for them!

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  19. Holy smokes! Those look divine, and my favorite combo! I'm so making these! :D

    Thanks for sharing!
    Sherry

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  20. Wanna hear something strange? I don't like PB or chocolate but put them together and it's a whole other story. These bars look gooey good!

    Happy Friday!
    ~ingrid

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  21. Wow, those look super yummy. Have a great weekend.

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  22. just popped a batch in the oven. we love the combination of pb and chocolate. used dark chocolate chips, yum! i always make a treat on friday so when i saw this recipe i knew it was going to be my choice for tonight.

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  23. I have one word for those. YUM! Already have the recipe down.

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  24. I have been seeing peanut butter recipes all day, so I think I am going to have to give in and go bake something! These look incredible! (I do eat peanut butter out of a spoon:))

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  25. Oh, you are evil! How did you know that chocolate and peanut butter are my favorites. Now I'm going to have to go make some of those! YUMMY!

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  26. Yummmm!!! My favorite combo is peanut butter and chocolate, Kidlet's too! You just can't go wrong with it!

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  27. Umm..these look amazing. Yes, I would have to give them away because I would totally eat everyone.

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  28. I never should have peeked at these. Dangerous!!! Oh yeah, and DELICIOUS!!

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  29. I live in Denver - I had to bake these for 5 minutes longer, insides still gooey; outsides semi-hard. Made them again, halved the flour, added a touch of extra peanut butter, baked them for 32 minutes and they were perfect! Altitude screws with everything.

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    1. glad i saw this post! i live in denver as well and am making these to take to a 4th of july celebration tomorrow. i will try your recommendations!

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    2. i am glad i saw this! i live in denver as well and was planning to make these for a 4th of july celebration tomorrow. i will try it with your recommendations! thanks!

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  30. Oh YEA is right!!! that does equal LOVE! WOW!! Coming over from I'm Lovin It! and I do love it!!!
    You need to post this baby up on my website....link it back to your post! Midchix.com....post it up in the Mama Can Cook flock!!! The members will LOVE this creation! Pure heaven for sure! I am a follower now and leaving now to do some exploring on your blog!

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  31. Oh BRIDGET!
    Those peanut butter & chocolate bars look so chewy...goooey...and moist!
    I know your sissy loved them!
    ANd how totally COOL is that!
    She had you a treat too...and a Pioneer Woman treat at that! What perfect sissy's you are!
    My sissy is doing the Master Cleanse right now!
    She's on day 6 for crying out loud!
    Says her SIZE FOUR pants feel just perfect now!
    Oh Bridget!
    I do love you and everything you bake!
    You are just my favorite BAKER ever!!!!!
    I adore you~
    I cherish you~
    I admire you~
    Thank you for sharing your SWEET world with me~
    xxooxoxoxox

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  32. Just made a pan for a retirement party tomorrow... Headed back in the kitchen to make another pan!! Thanks for the recipe.

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  33. Love the combination of the flavors! This is so divine for me.
    dining room sets

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  35. Sorry, I deleted my comment by mistake! As I was saying- there really is no combination better than peanutbutter and chocolate- as far as I'm concerned! Just lock me in a Reese's peanut butter cup factory and throw away the key!
    Those bars look scrumptious!

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  36. I made these last week for my parent's hard working farm hired men. They were gobbled up almost instantly! The only complaint - I didn't cut them big enough! I'll be making these again soon!!

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  37. I can't wait to try these. They look too good to be true. Stumbled them for later:)

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  38. WOW, my fav combo! Bookmarking this!

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  39. I already bookmarked this recipe. It looks awesome. I moving to your place hehehe.

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  40. Seriously...it doesn't get any better than peanut butter and chocolate!

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  41. I think part of what appeals with peanut butter and chocolate is how the various flavors blend or intensify each other.

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  42. I made these this weekend and my family LOVED them! They were gone in minutes :)

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  43. They look to die for, Bridget! I'm so doing those this weekend ;)

    Thanks for posting :)

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  44. Glad you posted this again! I just printed out the recipe and I'm going into my kitchen after this comment to make them. My husband loves peanut butter. LOVES it! Won't he be surprised when he returns from his men's golf night to see these sitting on the counter. Thanks Bridget!

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  45. Thanks for a fantastic recipe- these were soooo yummy and super easy to make!!! :-)

    -Amy
    www.singforyoursupperblog.com

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  46. These look wonderful... Sorry for my late comment - I am just catching up on my RSS reader for the past week. Wish I had these to snack on while I read :)

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  47. Oh my gosh - you are REALLY making my wish that my household wasn't peanut-free!!

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  48. I've just bookmarked this post to make! Yum! Thanks for the recipe!!!

    www.amkingmemorieswithyourkids.blogspot.com

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  49. I just made these and took them out of the oven and they smell AMAZING. I cannot wait to eat them!

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  50. Ohmeegosh! I almost have a pathological addiction to chocolate and peanut butter. These look AMAZING!

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  51. i just made these yesterday. they are absolutely AMAZING! thank you SO much for the recipe.. it's DEFINITELY going in my permanant file.

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  52. Wow! They are so delicious. Can't wait to make them at home. We own a Dining Table ecommerce site and are always looking for great content to help inspire. Thanks.

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  53. Chocolate and peanut butter is a very nice combination! They really taste heaven together!

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  54. I've been wanting to bake these for a while now and finally did tonight.

    Only mistake - I only had salted butter, and thought it might mess up the baking chemistry... It did.

    I reduced the salt to 1/8tsp and it was still too much - it rose very high and fell a bit. It turned out more like a cake than a bar, but they were still amazingly delicious!

    I highly recommend trying these!

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  55. I just made these today per my husband's request. He enjoyed them immensely as did the rest of his office. They were gone in no time.

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  56. the best combination in the world!

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  57. These bars taste fantastic, but has anyone had trouble with them not baking through completely? I followed the recipe perfectly but even after baking the bars for an extra 5 minutes they were still raw on the bottom. I will definitely make these again and hope they cook properly.

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  58. I had the worst time baking these! I am an avid baker and rarely have issues, but I had to bake this 15 min longer than the recipe said, while the sides ended up burning. Then when they were finally done, my hubby and I both thought it didn't taste good :(....I am guessing I did something wrong, but not sure what!

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  59. I made these for our Easter lunch. Huge hit, everyone loved them! Thanks for the recipe, I will def make these again!

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  60. These are baking in my oven right now! I ran out of brown sugar, so I added honey and also ran out of chocolate chips, so I cut up a dark chocolate bar in my pantry! The batter was delicious and I can't wait to taste the finished product!

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  61. What am I doing wrong? I have made these twice and while they taste lovely, I have to bake them 10 to 12 minutes longer than the longest listed time to get the center to set (tester stick to come out clean) but when I do that the edges burn....not get crispy, BURN. I can only salvage the middles. My oven is only a year old and is a super deluxe Electrolux so I doubt it's my oven. Any hints??? Thank you!!

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  62. I'm going to be linking up to these very soon. I made a batch (in the oven now) with a couple (accidental)changes. I can't wait to see how they turn out!

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  63. These are delish! I've made them a few times and are always a huge hit! Just thought I'd finally comment and give thanks for the recipe!

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  64. I've made these a few times in the last week and they're amazing! I've made them as written and then of course I had to go and make them whole grain. I couldn't help myself. Either way, they're heavenly. :)

    Thanks a bunch for sharing the recipe! I just posted about it and linked back to you.

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  65. These make me want to cry. But, like, out of happiness.

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  66. They look so good, trying them out tomorrow!

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  67. Made these this morning for the first time. Oh man. So good!!!! Thank you for sharing.

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  68. SUPER excited to make these tonight! We're having people over and I was looking for something to make for dessert-these look perfect! Thanks you for sharing.

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  69. I've made these a bunch of times, so thought I would finally comment and THANK YOU for sharing the recipe. Every time I make them they disappear- I barely get one for myself!

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  70. I made these this weekend and they were delicious! The whole family loved them. I doubled the recipe and used a 9x13 pan. I had to bake them about 10 minutes longer than the original recipe called for using the larger pan. Great recipe. Did the recipe in the book happen to list the gram or ounce measurements for the flour, sugar, etc?

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  71. I made these this weekend and they turned out delicious!! Mine weren't as tall and pretty as yours, but that's okay. I didn't realize I was out of light brown sugar so I had to use dark. They were rich and flavorful! Thank you so much, will definitely make them again!

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  72. These look so delish! Ive tried many other various recipes, only to throw them out due to disappointment. Im praying I wont have to look further! Thanks for this creation.

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