Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Yes, I know….another dessert recipe. Baking is a stress reliever for me, so I’ve been do a lot of baking. My family is loving it, but it’s not good for my waistline. I’m trying to focus on making things that I don’t like, so I’m not tempted.

Lately, I’ve noticed if I eat peanuts or peanut butter, my joint pain flares up. I did sample these bars for taste-testing purposes so I could accurately blog about them; but I should have know they were delicious with how quickly they disappeared.

The combination of peanut butter and chocolate is perfect. These bars are so much better than a cookie! My family loved the hidden swirl of peanut butter in the middle.

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
2/3 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
2-3 cups chocolate and peanut butter chips
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs one at time and then beat in the vanilla. Add in the flour, baking soda and salt. Mix until combined. Fold in the chocolate and peanut butter chips with a spatula.

Divide the dough evenly and spread half on the bottom of the pan. Dollop the peanut butter and swirl into the dough. Add the remaining dough on top and spread.

Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until the bars are just set in the middle. Remove the pan from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely and cut into the desired sized bars. Store in an airtight container.

Source: Half Baked Harvest

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