It’s been awhile since I’ve creamed together butter and sugar, measured out flour, and lined baking pans with parchment. Too long, in fact.
I’ve been cooking up a storm, but haven’t had a lot of time for baking. So sad, right?
Not too worry, though. My mixing bowls are currently soaking away in the sink, measuring cups stacked here and there, and the flour is everywhere. I don’t care, though. Baking makes me happy and these peanut butter bars don’t hurt either.
Imagine peanut butter cookie dough smeared in a baking dish and then baked to perfection. Delicious, I’m sure, but why stop there? Pour on the gooey, fudgy chocolate frosting and all your dreams will come true.
- 6 tablespoon butter, softened
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips (milk chocolate or semi-sweet)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9x9 baking dish with parchment paper.
- Cream the butter and peanut butter together. Add in the sugar and beat until well combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Mix in to the peanut butter mixture until well combined.
- Spread into the prepared baking dish.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
- Add sugar, butter, and milk to a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Boil for exactly 60 seconds and remove from heat. Stir in chocolate chips and continue stirring until the chocolate has melted.
- Allow to cool for just a couple of minutes and then pour over the peanut butter bars. Allow to cool for another 30 minutes before cutting.
adapted from Bake at 350