The weekend is my time for baking and treating myself and the family to something extra special in the sweets department. Since I was torn between something with peanut butter and chocolate that day, I thought to pull out my recipe for my peanut butter-chocolate bars as a worthy choice. Let me warn you first, but this is a bar with just enough luscious peanut butter to give moistness without a heavy peanut influence. Instead, these peanut butter-chocolate bars have a subtle peanut butter taste in this soft chewy bar cookie with a yummy overload of chocolate chips.
If you intend to use a margarine, be careful to read your label. There are varieties that are spreads, which are not appropriate for baking. The reason your baking efforts will fail using a spread is because it contains more water. Trust me on this. I found out the hard way. Look for a fat content of at least 80% on the package to make sure it is fit for baking.
Another thing that I want to mention is about incorporating the chocolate chips. You can add the chips directly with the peanut butter, oats and other ingredients when combining or save for topping over the batter in the greased pan and pressing in. Saving the chips for last gives me more control of where they land instead of clumping in sections as they do from a random mix when putting the recipe together.
If you love peanut butter as much as we do, then I hope you also try my luscious peanut butter bars.
Peanut Butter-Chocolate Bars
- ½ cups of sugar
- ½ cups of brown sugar light or dark, firmly packed
- ½ cups or 1 stick of a margarine or butter , not spread
- 1 cup of sifted flour
- 3/4 cup of quick-cooking oats
- 1/3 cup of peanut butter
- ½ teaspoons of baking soda leveled
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1 large egg
- 3/4 cups of semisweet chocolate chips
Mix the sugars and margarine in a large mixing bowl. Beat in the egg to the mixture and combine. Next stir in the flour sifted with the baking soda, oats, peanut butter, vanilla, and salt.
Grease a rectangular pan about 13 x 9 x 2 inches.
Spread the creamed ingredients in the pan. Add the chocolate chips over the tops and press into the batter.
Bake in a 350-degree oven for about 15-20 minutes, depending on how your oven is regulated. Test with a toothpick, cake tester or slender knife to see if anything sticks. These bars turn a golden brown when done.
Cool 5 minutes and then cut into small squares.