A Sarcastic Appetite

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
April 25, 2010, 5:11 pm
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Look, it’s simple: these require few ingredients, most of which you already have; they come together in about 7 minutes; and they’re completely and utterly addictive. I almost made them again this weekend, but I realized that would be a poor decision. I mean, it’s not like I really need to eat a whole batch of these in one sitting. So I, ah, made double chocolate coffee brownies instead.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Makes about 20 brownies…or fewer, depending on how you cut them. Adapted from this recipe at The Kitchen Sink, who adapted it from Heidi Swanson’s recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies.

2 c. flour

1 tsp. baking soda

3/4 tsp. salt

1 1/4 c. peanut butter (the recipe specifies natural, but I used regular with great success)

1 c. maple syrup

1/3 c. extra-virgin olive oil

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 c. peanut butter chips

12 oz. bag of semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350º. Grease an 8″ square baking pan, or something vaguely similar in size. Line the bottom with a strip of parchment paper, then grease that.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. In a larger bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, maple syrup, olive oil, and vanilla. Stir in the peanut butter chips. Then stir in the flour mixture, but only just until it combines (it’ll still look a bit dusty). Let it sit for five minutes or so, then stir it once again before pouring it into the pan. The dough is sticky, so use wax paper to press down so you get an even layer of dough.

Bake about 25 minutes, or until just (just!) cooked through. Pull them out of the oven and pour the chocolate chips on top; let them sit for a bit before spreading the melted chocolate with an off-set spatula. Let cool completely (so the chocolate hardens) before cutting into squares. Store in the fridge; let them warm a bit before serving. (Or, uh, not…)

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