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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

"Cookie Dough" Bars

If you like a peanut butter 
and chocolate combination, 
you will probably like these.
(I consider the rolled oats a bonus!)

 The "Cookie Dough" flavor-- it's gotten to be so popular these days.  That flavor is now in ice cream, frozen 'drinky' things, custards, cheesecakes, truffles, dips, cocoa, pies, etc.  I think these bars ended up having that flavor.

  1. 1 cup butter, softened
  2. 1 cup brown sugar, well packed
  3. 1 cup white sugar
  4. 1 tablespoon vanilla (you could use 1 tablespoon maple syrup and 2 teaspoons maple extract)
  5. 2 large eggs
  6. 1 and 1/4 cups peanut butter (creamy, or crunchy)
  7. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  8. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  9. 2 cups rolled oats (quick, or old-fashioned, or a combination of the two)
  10. 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used 1 cup mini semi-sweet chips and 1 cup milk chocolate chips)
  • Set oven to 350 degrees
  • Set oven rack to second-lowest position (I used the middle position)
  • Grease a 13x9-inch baking dish
  • In a large bowl and using an electric mixer at medium speed cream the butter with both sugars and vanilla until no sugar granules remain (about 4 minutes).
  • Add in the peanut butter and beat until combined.
  • Add in eggs and beat until combined.
  • In a bowl combine the flour with baking soda and oats; add to the creamed mixture and mix on low speed until combined.
  • Mix in chocolate chips.
  • Transfer and spread into prepared baking dish.
  • Bake for 22-25 minutes or until JUST set (do not overbake).  With my oven, this took 25 minutes.
  • Cool first, then cut into squares.
Below:  When I took them from the oven, they looked like this...

Below:  After cooling, the edges were a bit higher than the center like this...

Below:  After cooling, they cut very easily...

For me, this recipe is a keeper AND a repeater.

This basic recipe came from Kittencal's Kitchen-- she loves cooking/baking and many people benefit from her talent. Her name for these bars is Delicious Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars.

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