Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

04aCookieBarsbfLORich came across this recipe on Nestle’s Very Best Baking site and thought it looked as though the cookie bars would be as good as his favorite bakery peanut butter cookies, so I went in search of peanut butter chips and made a batch.

Very good cookie bar.

Nice, peanut buttery, just moist enough. Rich has been enjoying his with a bit of ice cream in the evening, but I’m thinking the next batch’ll get a chocolate espresso sauce.

•1-3/4 cup flour
•1/2 tsp baking soda
•1/4 tsp salt
•1 cup brown sugar, packed
•1 cup peanut butter chips
•3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
•1 stick butter, at room temperature*
•1 large egg
01cFluffedbfLO•3 tbsp milk
•2 tsp vanilla

*Salted butter includes approximately 1/4 teaspoon salt per stick, so if using unsalted butter, increase salt added to recipe from 1/4 teaspoon to 1/2 teaspoon.

Preheat oven to 350º and lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking pan.

02bAddChipsbfLOWhisk the flour, baking soda and salt together in a medium bowl and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together brown sugar, peanut butter and butter until fluffy and lightened in color (about  5 minutes).

Beat in egg and then, the flour mixture, milk, and vanilla. Mix until the batter is very thick and cleans the sides of the mixing bowl.

03aCookieBarsbfLOFold in peanut butter chips (you’re gonna need your big boy wooden spoon for this, the batter will be QUITE thick) and turn the batter into your greased baking pan.

Even out the batter in the pan, pop into the oven, and bake for 18-21 minutes, or until top is golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out mostly clean.

Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes before serving.


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