An easy peanut butter cookie bar recipe. That is loaded with peanut butter and chocolate chips. They are light, fluffy and sure to please any peanut butter lover.
Peanut butter desserts are usually a safe dessert to make for a crowd of people, as most people like peanut butter. For non-peanut butter lovers or if you’re sticking to the safe side and making them allergy-friendly, you can use almond butter, cashew butter, or any other spread that is similar in substitute for the peanut butter. Any spread that is similar is going to give it that same great texture and that flavor will shine through just as the peanut butter does.
These bars are super simple to make; I usually can have the batter ready in under ten minutes. Then they bake for 25 minutes or until they’re golden brown. Allow them to cool and you have a super simple treat. They are very similar to my chocolate chip cookie bars. The batter is pretty much the same except for adding peanut butter to the mix. The recipe calls for 2 cups of chocolate chips, but I like to sprinkle even more on top of the bars to make them even more appealing.
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1½ sticks butter, melted and cooled slightly
- ¾ cup peanut butter, (smooth not chunky)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups chocolate chips (use your favorite chocolate chips, I used semi-sweet)
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 9 by 13 inch baking pan with non-stick spray. set aside
- Melt the butter in a medium sauce pan, turn off the heat. Stir in the peanut butter and mix until smooth. Set aside
- In a medium bowl whisk the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
- In the sauce pan whisk in the sugars until well combined. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well.
- Switch to a wood spoon and fold in the flour mixture. Make sure to not over mix. Don't worry the mixture will be really thick Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Pour into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with a spatula. Sprinkle with more chocolate chips if desired.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top of the bars is lightly golden brown.
- Cool on a wire rack. Once the bars have completely cooled cut into squares.