Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

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Peanut Butter Cookie BarsDid I mention I got a job? I did! The company I was freelancing for hired me on permanently, so I am officially no longer funemployed. And not only do I have a regular paycheck again, I have guinea pigs again!

Which brings me to these bars. I wanted to make something that wouldn’t take a long time and didn’t involve scooping or frosting. One of my coworkers has hinted toward peanut butter and chocolate all week, so I Googled “peanut butter cookie bars” and came across these. The recipe met my requirements and was super easy to make. In fact, you could even make them with just a bowl and a wooden spoon. The bars are thin and moist, and while they’re not my favorite bar cookie ever, they’re great for those days you want to make something quick and easy.

Photos of the process here.

1/2 c. butter, melted
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. packed light brown sugar
1 egg
1/3 c. peanut butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 c. quick oats
chocolate chips to sprinkle on top

Stir together melted butter and sugars until thoroughly combined. Add egg and mix well. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla extract. Add flour, baking powder, and salt; stir to combine. Stir in oats. Press mixture into a 9×13 pan (lightly greased). Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips on top. Return to oven until golden brown and baked through, about 8-10 more minutes.

Adapted from One Ordinary Day.


5 Responses to “Peanut Butter Cookie Bars”

    Jules on 1 May 19th, 2010 9:00 pm

    I am going to try these for sure! About how many chocolate chips did you use to sprinkle on top?

    Hilary on 2 May 19th, 2010 9:10 pm

    I used about 1/2 cup but they could definitely use more. Look at the original recipe (link at the end of the post) and you’ll see she used reese’s and chips–mmmm!,I just used what I had on hand.

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    sweetie on 4 May 20th, 2010 3:59 am

    we think alike – coworkers = big baking testing ground!

    for serious pb fans, those pb bars w/ground up grahams (layered w/chocolate on top) or homemade pb cups (bake ’em in a muffin tin) will win them over. for easy work night cookies, you could do the pb thumbprints w/kisses.

    Seanna Lea on 5 May 20th, 2010 12:47 pm

    There are a number of people I know who love the peanut butter and chocolate (myself included). I normally make this buckeye cake, but it is not a quick operation. I will have to remember this for the speedy delivery of homemade peanut butter chocolate goodness!