August 18, 2015

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

As everyone applying for college will tell you, recommendation letters are a big part of the application. Having already asked the two teachers I want to write my letters, and them having agreed, I decided to bake them some treats as a bribe thank you for writing them. So here we go....Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars!

The Ingredients: 
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
1/3 heaping cup peanut butter
1 large egg
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
The Utensils: 
8x8 Pan w/ Aluminum Foil and Cooking Spray
1 cup measure
1/2 cup measure
1/3 cup measure
1 tablespoon 
Make sure after you melt the butter you let it sit for a while before cracking the egg into the bowl so the egg doesn't scramble in the butter. Preheat your oven to 350 Fahrenheit and prepare your pan with aluminum foil and cooking spray.
Add the 1/3 cup peanut butter, 1 egg, 1 cup of brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon of vanilla. Mix together and taste liberally (that's the best part of baking!)
Stir in the one cup of flour, but avoid over-combining into the rest of the batter. Taste again--it should taste properly peanut butter-y and sweet.
The best part! Add 1 cup of chocolate chips to the batter and stir in. The thing I love about this recipe is that it is so simple! If you didn't want to add the peanut butter and the chocolate chips you end up with a simple blondie recipe.

Pour the batter into the pan and spread it out evenly with the spatula. (Make sure to save some batter in the bowl to eat later)
The recipe says to sprinkle 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips over the batter in the pan but really go ahead an add as many chocolate chips as you want. Press them into the batter and pour the rest in your mouth as you pop the pan into the oven. 

Bake for 20 minutes before checking, stick a toothpick or a fork into the middle of the bake and it should come out clean or with only a few crumbs--you shouldn't see any gooey batter on the toothpick.
Let the bars cool for about 30 minutes before dishing up--I suggest having a glass of milk at the ready, the peanut butter comes through really strongly in every bite of these bars! (Here is the original recipe, I really recommend browsing the site and finding more yummy things) Honestly who doesn't love chocolate + peanut butter? It's the perfect combination. And this recipe is so simple anyone can try it without fear of screwing it up! Enjoy!


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