Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

by Amy on 10 February 2015

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars | www.FearlessHomemaker.comIt’s the week of Valentine’s Day, which means that there are tons of amazing, decadent, extravagant desserts popping up on blogs this week. Since I knew my blogging buddies would have the exquisitely fancy desserts covered, I decided to go the opposite route and share a simple, quick, + completely unfussy (but still delicious!) dessert with y’all – these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars.

These were easy enough to make that my 1.5 year old daughter was able to help me (which she LOVED), and quick enough that even with all the measuring, stirring, spreading, and baking, they still only took about 30 minutes total. And the result? Super soft, melt-in-your-mouth, peanut buttery bars packed full of chocolate chips. They’re simple, delicious, and oh-so-very satisfying. So, if you’re looking for a fuss-free, fool-proof treat for the peanut butter/chocolate lover in your life, you should absolutely give these a try! They’d be perfect for Valentine’s Day, or any day that you want to treat yourself or your loved ones to a little something special. =)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars |

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

makes 9-16 bars (depending on size), adapted from Averie Cooks


1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted + slightly cooled
1/3 heaping cup peanut butter (I used Jif. Natural peanut butter can separate and/or be too oily)
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, plus 2 tablespoons extra, for topping


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×8″ baking dish with aluminum foil or parchment paper, leaving a slight overhang for easy removal. Spray with cooking spray + set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the melted butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and egg. Whisk together until well-combined and smooth. Add in the flour and stir until just combined – do not overmix. Then, stir in the 1 cup chocolate chips.

Turn the batter out into the prepared baking dish, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula. Top evenly with the remaining 2 tablespoons chocolate chips.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the top is golden, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow bars to cool in pan for at least 30 minutes before using the aluminum foil/parchment overhang to transfer to a cutting board. Cut into 9, 12, or 16 bars, depending on how big you want them to be.

Serve as is, or topped with vanilla ice cream, if you want something extra-special. =)

Bars will keep up to 1 week at room temperature in an airtight container.

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jennie @themessybakerblog February 10, 2015 at 5:57 am

I always appreciate simple and quick. When I have a fierce craving, the word “wait” is unacceptable. Pinned.

2 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie February 10, 2015 at 8:28 am

Sometimes the simple things are the best when it comes to winning hearts. I’m sold.

3 Beth February 10, 2015 at 10:07 am

Peanut butter and chocolate are a great combination. How great that your little girl helped you!

4 Agness February 10, 2015 at 10:10 am

Real yum! I am literally licking my laptop screen at the moment omomomo :D!!

5 Emily @ Life on Food February 10, 2015 at 11:29 am

I think some of the simple desserts are the most satisfying. You cannot go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate.

6 Kelly February 10, 2015 at 2:40 pm

Aaw, that’s so sweet that you little girl helped you :) These bars look totally irresistible! Love the peanut butter and chocolate combo! Always a favorite :)

7 Anna (Hidden Ponies) February 10, 2015 at 10:59 pm

I looove peanut butter chocolate chip bars, and yours look perfectly ooey gooey delicious!

8 Agness February 11, 2015 at 3:28 am

I shared this recipe with my boyfriend and he said “Challenge accepted!”

9 amy February 11, 2015 at 7:41 am

Agness, I bet you can make a healthy twist on them that would be amazing! =)

10 Rebekah @ Making Miracles February 11, 2015 at 10:32 am

These are perfect – my boys would love this recipe!

11 Ann February 12, 2015 at 2:38 am

My son loves peanut butter
he’ll go crazy for this recipe.

12 Amy (Savory Moments) February 12, 2015 at 5:39 am

These bars looks so good! You can’t beat chocolate + peanut butter!

13 Choc Chip Uru February 12, 2015 at 3:48 pm

These chocolate chip bars are such a great idea, quick baking and delicious results 😀

Choc Chip Uru

14 Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel February 12, 2015 at 8:42 pm

Yum!! Chocolate and pnut butter is pretty much the best combo ever! And these look so dense and peanut buttery. Perfect for V-Day!

15 Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings February 16, 2015 at 12:42 am

Happy Valentine’s Day (belated). Chocolate and Peanut Butter. A classic combination. A perfect marriage. A natural affinity. A tasty affair. Sounds like true love to me…

16 Luv What You Do February 16, 2015 at 10:38 am

These look SO GOOD!

17 Adri February 16, 2015 at 11:14 pm

Unfussy sounds very good to me. I bet these are delicious. They are the kind of treat that really hits the spot at around 3:oo pm. I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

18 Darci Bos February 21, 2015 at 7:11 pm

These look delicious! Can’t wait to try them!

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