Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

by amy on 28 January 2013

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Barstoday, i’m participating in a fun blogger event — the secret recipe club. how does it work? every blogger is secretly assigned another blog + chooses a recipe from that blog to make. on reveal day (today!), all of our posts go up at the same time, + everyone gets to see who was assigned to their blog, which recipe they chose, + how it turned out. fun, huh?

this month, i was assigned Deanna’s blog, The Mommy Bowl + after looking through lots of tasty-looking recipes, I stumbled across Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars + knew i had to make them. Deanna had adapted the recipe to be gluten-free/dairy-free, but since I don’t have those dietary restrictions (+ i already had the needed butter/flour/etc. in the house), I used the original recipe.

so, how did they turn out? so flippin’ delicious. I’m a sucker for the chocolate/peanut butter combination + these bars are just wonderful – rich, creamy peanut butter bars studded with chocolate chips + topped with a delicious layer of milk chocolate.  another major plus? these were SO easy to make, requiring a mere 5-10 minutes of prep before they were ready to go into the oven. so, if you’re a chocolate/peanut butter lover like I am, you’ve gotta give these a try!

thank you to deanna for introducing me to these fabulous sweets, + to the secret recipe club for connecting me, yet again, with fantastic bloggers + amazing recipes!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

makes 2-3 dozen bars (depending on size), adapted from very best baking, as inspired by the mommy bowl

ingredients

1 cup creamy peanut butter
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups (11.5-ounce package) milk chocolate chips/morsels, divided (i used Nestle’s)

directions

preheat oven to 350º F.

beat peanut butter + butter in large mixer bowl until smooth. beat in sugar, eggs + vanilla extract. beat in flour + salt. stir in 3/4 cup chocolate chips/morsels. spread into ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan.

bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. remove from oven, + sprinkle with remaining 1 cup chocolate chips/morsels. let stand for 5 minutes or until morsels are shiny + softened; spread evenly. cool completely in pan on wire rack.

cut into bars. 2 dozen bars will yield a larger bar, while 3 dozen bars will give a smaller, more bite-size bar. i opted for the larger version, of course. =)

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{ 78 comments… read them below or add one }

51 Katie B. of HousewifeHowTos.com January 29, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Wow, those look amazing! But 2 dozen bars? More like 1 for me and the rest of you good luck!

52 amy January 29, 2013 at 8:30 pm

Bahahaha!

53 Blond Duck January 29, 2013 at 8:40 pm

I’m so happy I have everything to make it already!

54 ashley - baker by nature January 29, 2013 at 11:11 pm

Oh heavens, these look addicting! You saved me one… right? xx

55 Anna @ Hidden Ponies January 29, 2013 at 11:41 pm

Mmm, these look SO peanut buttery and creamy! Pinned – I love this flavour combo :)

56 Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry January 30, 2013 at 1:16 am

Peanut butter and chocolate? Your speaking my language.

57 Elizabeth January 30, 2013 at 9:48 am

I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of the peanut butter and chocolate combo! These look amazing!

58 Natalie January 30, 2013 at 9:57 am

Looks so great! I am obsessed with the PB and choco combo.

59 Julie @ Table for Two January 30, 2013 at 10:11 am

peanut butter & chocolate are the most marvelous combinations together. I love that the base of this bar is peanut butter. so creamy and good!!

60 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl January 30, 2013 at 10:32 am

These look so creamy and perfect. You can’t go wrong with the chocolate/peanut butter combination!

61 Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen January 30, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Ok, I need to look away and not come back to this recipe EVER, because I’m pretty sure I’d eat the whole pan of these. These look delicious!

62 Amy (Savory Moments) January 30, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Oh YUM! These look so good. Who can refuse chocolate + peanut butter?? Not me!

63 Monet January 31, 2013 at 9:26 am

Ah these do look flippin delicious! Anything with peanut butter and chocolate :-) Thank you for sharing with me. And thank you for your sweet words on my blog. They do make my day! I hope you are having a beautiful end to your week!

64 Jackie @ Domestic Fits January 31, 2013 at 10:03 am

What a fun club! These look great, is there anything better than chocolate + peanut butter + cookies?

65 amy January 31, 2013 at 10:50 am

I dare say no. =)

66 Erin @ Texanerin Baking January 31, 2013 at 1:13 pm

I haven’t had any sweets for a week and haven’t really had the desire but now I really, really want these! They look SOO good! Peanut butter and chocolate. It has the power to heal.

67 nicole @ I am a Honey Bee January 31, 2013 at 1:43 pm

ooo I pinned these. You know, once I cleaned the droll off my keyboard. Great SRC pick. Beautiful pic.

68 Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up January 31, 2013 at 3:12 pm

How much FUUUN! I love the sound of that club and I MUST check it out. These bars sound (and look) addicting.

69 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking February 1, 2013 at 2:29 pm

These look mouthwatering, Amy! Lovely recipe from Deanna! Have a great weekend.

70 Sue February 2, 2013 at 12:21 am

I made these brownies the day after you posted the recipe for a birthday dinner we were attending.

Everyone absolutely loved them and I would bet it will lead to even more traffic to your wonderful site as all were asking about your recipe.

Thanks so much for sharing!

71 amy February 2, 2013 at 12:27 pm

That is so awesome, Sue – so glad you + the group loved them!

72 Sammie February 2, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Oh gosh oh gosh… I haven’t had one of these in forever!! They look so good! Peanut butter and chocolate?? Can’t go wrong with that at all! Perfect job Amy! These look really professional! Better than store-bought! ;)

73 Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs February 3, 2013 at 9:47 pm

I don’t think you can beat the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. Delicious!

74 Caroline @ chocolate & carrots February 4, 2013 at 12:42 pm

What a fun thing to do! Thee bars look amazing! Right up my alley! :D

75 Nicole W February 5, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Ahhh I love peanut butter and chocolate! And can we talk about how easy these sound? I can’t get over it!!

76 Blond Duck February 5, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Happy Tuesday!

77 Jed Gray (sportsglutton) February 9, 2013 at 10:23 am

Such a classic combination that hardly ever fails.

78 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com February 28, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Delicious morsels! It’s quite unbelievable that I haven’t baked with peanut butter before. Really :D

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