September 17, 2010

Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars - adapted from

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup dry-roasted salted peanuts, coarsely chopped 

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 9" baking pan with aluminum foil, extending foil over edges of pan. Spray foil with vegetable cooking spray.

Combine flour, baking powder and salt in medium bowl.  Beat butter and sugars in large mixing bowl until light and fluffy, using a hand-held electric mixer. Beat in peanut butter. 

Add egg, beating well.  Add flour mixture in two additions, beating well after each addition. Spread mixture in prepared pan.

Bake for 25 minutes or until no imprint remains when touched lightly with finger. Remove from oven. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Let stand 2 to 3 minutes to soften chocolate. Spread chocolate evenly and sprinkle with peanuts.

Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. Store bars in an airtight container.

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