15 February 2013

Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate Chips Are For Non-Lovers

I didn't post any Valentine's recipes because, although I am happily married, I find that holiday nauseating. I will always hate it and think you are a tool for buying into those stupid Hallmark cards, heart-shaped pendants, and roses.  However, if you would like to drown your leftover irritation from this week in sugar, this post is for you.

This dough smells and tastes just like the inside of a Butterfinger, and when it's cooked, it becomes a salty-sweet masterpiece to rival any of those fancy salted caramels in the chocolate shops.  I love it with coffee, a glass of vanilla almond milk, or late at night after an alcohol-soaked night out.

Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate Chips

3 eggs
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
½ cup creamy peanut butter
¼ cup butter, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
3 teaspoons salt
¼ cup chopped salted peanuts
½ cup chocolate chips

Cream eggs, sugars, peanut butter, butter, and vanilla together until fluffy.  Add remaining ingredients and stir thoroughly (the dough will be thick and sticky).  Spread into a lightly greased 9 x 13 inch pan.  Bake at 325°F for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.  Cool and cut into squares.

My Sunday morning breakfast.