Saturday, February 8, 2014

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

This is a recipe that my 9-year-old daughter, Anna, found in a cookbook she got for Christmas and decided she wanted to make. She pulled it off all on her own and even changed up the recipe a little bit with the addition of chocolate chips. It was a cold, snowy day outside, but we were warm and cozy inside, enjoying the wonderful smells of Anna's baking and its delicious results. Everybody at home gave these peanut butter chocolate chip bars  a hearty thumbs up!

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 tsp
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup creamy or chunky peanut butter
1 egg, at room temperature
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan with butter, then line it with parchment paper, letting it hang over two sides.

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, oats, baking soda, and salt until well blended. Set aside.

In the bowl of your standing electric mixer, beat together at medium speed the butter, brown sugar, and peanut butter until creamy, about 3 minutes.

Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat well.

Add the flour-oat mixture and mix on low speed just until blended.

Remove the bowl from the mixer and add the chocolate chips. Stir with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula just to incorporate.

Scrape the batter into the pan and spread it evenly. Bake at 350F for about 30-35 minutes, until the top is golden and looks firm.

Let cool on a wire rack. When cooled completely, lift from the pan and cut into bars. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from: "Sweet Treats: 25 delicious recipes that kids can cook" published by Williams-Sonoma

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