Every 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. Besides, who can resist soft and gooey, peanut butter and chocolate?
- 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
- 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.
- In a large microwave-safe bowl melt the butter; about 1 minute on high power. Let cool for about 1 minute.
- In the bowl with melted butter, add peanut butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and egg. Whisk until smooth.
- Add the flour and stir until combined.
- Stir in chocolate chips.
- Pour batter into prepared baking pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.
- Bake for 23-25 minutes, or until done. A toothpick inserted into center should come out clean, no batter.
- Allow bars to cool for 30 minutes before slicing and serving. Bars will keep at room temperature for up to 1 week.