Does the name just say it ALL?!?!?
PEANUT BUTTER & CHOCOLATE CHUNK Cookie Bars
Oh My!!!! I first saw this simple recipe on the AverieCooks Blog. Have you seen Averie’s blog yet? It’s one of my faves. I think she could take a picture of a piece of cardboard, and I would want to eat it!
Oh #AverieSunshine – I think you are my hero! (Check out her amazing BLOG here.) I can only aspire to be like Averie Sunshine (sigh).
I wonder if it would help if I had a cooler name…??!!
Maybe I could use Marty’s “pet” name for me…… Do you think Gertrude PIA Wisenheimer has a cool ring to it??!!?? (and if you are wondering… PIA is an acronym for Pain in A$$).
I guess that’s what I get for calling him Merv. 🙂
Anyway – We were going to a barbeque picnic Saturday – one of those parties where everyone brings something to share. (with our buddies from John’s Bar btw)
Marty suggested I make a dessert. Seems I’m always the dessert lady.
Too bad I don’t L O V E baking!
So I remember these amazing looking cookie bars from AverieCooks, and decided that is what I was making.
But I had to somehow “Jodi – ize” them. Hmmm…. ???? What could make a peanut butter chocolate chunk cookie bar any better?? I know! A sprinkling of Peanut Butter M&Ms on top! Am I a genius or what??!!
This recipe is seriously so easy and basic. You probably have all the ingredients on hand already (if your pantry looks anything like mine). You really don’t even need a mixer, and they only take a few minutes to mix together and 20 minutes to bake.
So here’s the recipe:
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 Tbsp vanilla
1 Heaping cup creamy peanut butter
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt (did you know a pinch is 6 shakes? Trivial Pursuit Question!)
1 Bag Nestle Semi Sweet Chocolate Chunks
Garnish: 1 cup (ish) Peanut Butter M&Ms
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 13×9 baking pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray.
Mix butter, egg, sugars, vanilla.
Stir in the peanut butter.
Add the flour, baking soda, and salt and stir until just incorporated.
Stir in chocolate.
Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing it lightly with a spatula.
Bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until center is just set and golden. (Underbaking is always better!)
Bars will firm up more in pan as they cool.