Simply delicious {Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chip Cookie Bars}

22 Aug

This Saturday took us to Barrel Oak Winery for a wine tasting with family and friends.  Barrel Oak is about an hour outside of the D.C. area, but feels like so much farther when you’re sipping wine on the patio and taking in the panoramic views.  It’s the perfect place for an afternoon excursion with a picnic basket and a dog, if you have one.

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chip Cookie Bars

I decided I wanted to bake something sweet to bring along to the winery, but since I hadn’t really planned or picked anything up at the store, it would have to be something pretty simple.  And what better place to look for a simple and delicious recipe than our favorite spot for grilling recipes this summer, Simply Scratch.  As usual, she came through with a delicious-looking recipe for chocolate and peanut butter chip cookie bars.  They looked gooey and amazing and most of the ingredients were already in my pantry, so I decided it was perfect!

Simple ingredients!

I made these bars in a 9×13 inch dish, rather than on a baking sheet, so I think mine were a bit thicker than the version on Simply Scratch.  This meant two changes to the original recipe that follows: longer baking time and fewer chocolate and peanut butter chips.  Here’s the recipe, as well as my {changes}.

Lots of chocolate and peanut butter chips

{Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chip Cookie Bars}

Generously serves 10-12

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening (if you don’t have shortening use 1 more stick of butter)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  •  2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips {The whole surface was pretty well-covered with about 1/2 cup of each type of chip in the pan I used}
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter a medium baking pan.  In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda and set aside.  Next combine the butter and shortening until blended.  Then add the two sugars and vanilla. When combined add one egg at a time, mixing well after each addition.  Then add a little of the flour mixture at a time until well-combined.  
With wet finger or spatula spread the cookie dough out on a baking sheet or a 9X13 baking dish and sprinkle on the peanut butter and chocolate chips.  Bake for 15 to 18 minutes {I found it took closer to 25 in my pan/oven – after 15 minutes, I checked every few minutes to see if the batter was baked through}.  Let cool, then cut into bars and serve.

Had to use my new Texas potholder {Thanks, Kim!}

The bars were done just in time to pack them up and take them to the winery, and they seemed to be a hit!  They were gooey and delicious, and it was hard not to go for seconds {or thirds}.  We ended up having enough left over to take to dinner at a neighbor’s that evening, and returned home with an empty plate – which is my favorite way to return home!  Here are the finished bars – enjoy!



3 Responses to “Simply delicious {Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chip Cookie Bars}”

  1. Emily August 22, 2011 at 10:13 pm #

    Wow, brain twin, I JUST made these last week (and subsequently sent them to work with Justin for risk of Type II diabetes). I used a bag of the chocolate/peanut butter chips combo and added chopped walnuts. I like how your recipe calls for sprinkling the chips rather than combining them like cookie dough. Looks delicious as always!

  2. Emily August 22, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

    P.S. It wasn’t the EXACT recipe. I just did the quick one on the side of the Nestle peanut butter/chocolate chips bag. Not nearly as creative as you.

  3. kpolon August 23, 2011 at 8:19 am #

    Yum! I like the addition of walnuts! I’m sure they were quite tasty! And the whole point was to find a simple recipe, so I’d say looking online and looking on the Nestle package require about the same amount of creativity :)

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