Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars

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I was wanting to make a dessert and I think you all probably know by now how much I love dessert bars.  They can be so easy to just mix everything in one bowl and pour it in the pan, pull out and cut and enjoy. So easy and delicious! I was asking my mom what I should make and she told me about these bars her friends brought to a party at their house and she just happened to have the recipe.  I had pretty much everything on hand, so I thought they sounded perfect, but of course I had to add chocolate chips! Because to me a peanut butter dessert just isn’t the same without chocolate!:) These were soft and chewy and pretty addictive! I kept getting little pinches off, you know “just one more bite!”

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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars
Source: The Yielding Family

Ingredients:
1 stick butter
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 cup self rising flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
3/4 to 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 9 x 13 pan with aluminum foil and spray liberally with cooking spray, set aside.

In a medium heat safe bowl, add the butter.  Heat in microwave for 20 seconds, stir and heat for an additional 20 seconds. Add in peanut butter and microwave for 20 seconds and stir together until incorporated.  Heat in additional 20 second increments if necessary until melted.

Add butter mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer.  Add in the flour, sugar, eggs & brown sugar.  Beat to combine.  Stir in 3/4 cup chocolate chips (adding up to 1 cup if desired) until evenly distributed. Batter will be thick.  Pour into prepared pan and spread evenly.  Bake for approximately 22 to 25 minutes until golden brown and middle has set.  Remove pan from oven and place on cooling rack.  Once bars have cooled, lift out of pan using aluminum foil and transfer to cutting board. Cut into squares and store in an airtight container.  I think these are best served slightly warmed up.

Note: Mine took a little longer to bake and it was still a tad underdone but that actually made them nice and soft and chewy.

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    1. i love bar cookies! they are my fave. and i totally agree–adding chocolate chips to PB cookies makes them even better :)
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    2. Oooh so good and rich and sweet and lovelyyy!
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    3. I had a craving last night for peanut butter chocolate chip cookies (’cause I just have to add chocolate chips too) but I didn’t have any peanut butter left! AAAHHHH – my husband eats it by the spoonful in front of the TV. Nice, eh?! So, I settled for Coconut Oil White Chocolate cookies instead. Not the same though!
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    4. Definately going to be trying these soon! Cookie dough + peanut butter is the best!
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    5. i so agree i love bars…pour in pan cook and enjoy…now a peanut butter with chocolate bar ahhhh yes…can never have enough of these type of desert recipes!
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    6. These look amazing. I’d eat SO many I’d be sick, ha!

    7. These really do sound like the perfect “just one more bite” bar!
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    8. I made these last night and cant figure out what went wrong. The tops were super crispy and crunchy and the inside was still raw after 35 minutes in the oven. I ended up having to bake them for close to an hour, which just made the tops even crunchy. They still tasted good though ;) maybe I need to get my oven checked out.

      • I’m sorry you had trouble with them! Maybe next time increase the temp to 375? Mine were a nice crust on top and softer in the middle too, but not completely raw, but I really liked them a little underdone. My oven runs cool too and it took me a little longer to bake them as well. Hope they turn out better next time.

    9. Hello from Iowa :o)) these bars look wonderful! can they be made in a 9×9 pan ?
      Thanxs … marilyn

    10. the bars were wonderful ! I made them in a 9×13 pan as directed ! thank you :)
      marilyn…….!

    11. OMG! These look sooo good. I want to bake a batch tonight! I normally only use creamy peanut butter, but I think the crunchy will make it even nuttier. We are definitely going to give these a try. Thanks for sharing!
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