Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars PlatedEvery Valentine’s Day I make cupcakes to give out to family and friends. This year, I’m trying something different. And easier and a lot less time consuming. Not that they aren’t worth the time or effort. But sometimes it’s nice to have a quick and easy recipe when you are giving out sweets to many. ย Besides, who can resist soft and gooey, peanut butter and chocolate?

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup butter, (1 stick), melted
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter (I used JIF smooth peanut butter; natural peanut butter can separate or be too oily)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Meanwhile line an 8 x 8 baking pan with aluminum foil and lightly cover foil with baking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large microwave-safe bowl melt the butter; about 1 minute on high power. Let cool for about 1 minute.
  3. In the bowl with melted butter, add peanut butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and egg. ย Whisk until smooth.
  4. Add the flour and stir until combined.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Pour batter into prepared baking pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.
  7. Bake for 23-25 minutes, or until done. A toothpick inserted into center should come out clean, no batter.
  8. Allow bars to cool for 30 minutes before slicing and serving. ย Bars will keep at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

 

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