Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars….aahhhhh….hello!

What’s better than the smell of peanut butter whafting through the house?  Having Ryan, my aspiring baker by my side to help!  Truly, kids simply love to help in the kitchen.  It is so good for them and this recipe is a snap!  It goes together in about 10 minutes and baking time is only about 20 minutes.  The beauty of a bar cookie is that there is no chilling of the dough involved…instant gratification, yeah, that’s what I’m talkin’ about….

You MUST try these, good luck waiting until they’ve completely cooled!   Enjoy!!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon water
1 egg
1 ¼ cups unbleached flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup semi sweet or milk chocolate chips

1) Preheat oven to 350’. Coat a 9x13x2 inch pan with cooking spray, set aside.
2) In a small mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt, set aside.
3) In a medium mixing bowl, beat brown and white sugar, peanut butter, butter and vanilla. Beat in water and egg. Add flour mixture all at once and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread evenly into prepared pan.
4) Bake until light brown, 20-23 minutes. Cool and cut into bars.

Festive Peppermint Brownies

I consider these “knee buckling”, be sure to be seated when you try this brownie.  They stay together very nicely when you cut them.  I recommend using York Peppermint Patties, they seem to bake up the best in my experience.

1 1/3 cup flour
½ t. baking soda
½ t. salt
1 1/3 cup sugar
½ cup butter
3 T. water
1 ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
15 York Peppermint Patties, quartered
1 ½ t. vanilla
3 large eggs

1)  Generously coat a 9 x 13 baking pan with cooking spray, set aside.
2)  Preheat oven to 325’.
3)  In small bowl, mix flour, soda, & salt.
4)  In a small sauce pan, combine sugar, butter, & water, bring to a boil, remove immediately from heat.
5)  Stir in chocolate chips & vanilla until mixture is smooth and chocolate is melted.  Transfer to a large mixing bowl, cool completely.
6)  Stir in eggs one at a time, beat well after each addition.  Gradually add flour mixture, mix until smooth.
7)  Add enough brownie batter to just cover bottom of prepared pan, evenly place peppermint patties over batter, top with remaining batter.
8)  Bake for 28-30 minutes.  Cool completely, cut into bars.  Store in a tightly sealed plastic container.