I don’t know why but peanut butter and chocolate do not mix for me. I like them separate but not together. However, I was determined to make some peanut butter and chocolate bars a few weeks back. I found this recipe on Bake of Break blog that was for Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars but I didn’t have any jelly around so I thought I would substitute with chocolate chips. If you are a peanut butter lower these bars are heaven, they are very rich. They are also very easy to make! So if you are looking of something easy and quick, this is a great recipe. It is excellent with a glass of milk!
Do you have some other good peanut butter recipes to share?
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Bars
1 cup butter, softened, plus more for preparing pan
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for preparing pan
1 & 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 & 1/2 cups smooth peanut butter
1 & 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
16 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup salted peanuts, roughly chopped
Preheat oven to 350°. Butter a 9?x 13?baking pan. Line bottom with parchment paper. Butter the parchment and dust with flour, tapping out the excess.
Beat butter and sugar together on medium speed of an electric mixer. Mix for about 2 minutes, until fluffy. Add eggs and peanut butter, and beat about 2 minutes or until combined.
In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder. Add to butter mixture and beat on low speed until combined. Add vanilla and mix.
Transfer two-thirds of dough to pan and spread evenly. Spread all the chocolate chips on top of dough. Crumble remaining dough on top of the chocolate chips. Sprinkle with peanuts.
Bake for 45-60 minutes, or until golden. Rotate pan half-way through baking. Tent loosely with foil if bars are getting too dark.
Cool on a wire rack. Run a knife around the edges to loosen. Refrigerate 1-2 hours. Cut into bars and store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Makes about 3 dozen bars. Serve with a glass of milk!