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Sunday, January 30, 2011


During the last couple weeks of my pregnancy all I wanted to eat was peanut butter - I must have been needing the protein/energy is what I told myself.  I especially craved the "natural smooth" kind of peanut butter.  I ate PB and jelly and PB and sliced banana sandwiches, PB with sliced apples and banana bread with a nice layer of PB spread all over it....anything that paired with peanut butter well I had ate it.   

One of the most scrumptious things I made and ate with PB was Peanut Butter Cookie Bars.  OMYumminess these bars were to die for! Super duper EASY to mix together and toss into the oven and bake.  And FULL of sweet peanut butter taste which comes from the double dose of peanut butter from the PB Chips and the heaping 1/4 cup of peanut butter added to the batter. 

  A peanut butter HEAVEN of a dessert! - especially when served with a scoop of good vanilla ice cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce.  YUM.

Peanut Butter Cookie Bars
(recipe discovered on Louanne's Kitchen)


1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened

A heaping 1/4 cup peanut butter, crunchy or smooth (I used natural smooth PB)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 large egg

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup flour

1  1/2 tsp baking powder

1 /4 tsp salt

6 oz. bag peanut butter chips


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a 9x9 square baking dish and line with parchment paper - leaving an overhang on opposite sides so that you can lift out the bars when they are done.

2. Whisk flour, baking powder and salt together with a fork; set aside.

3. Cream together butter, sugar, peanut butter and vanilla extract until light and fluffy - about 4 minutes.  Beat in egg.

4. Stir in dry ingredients and then peanut butter chips.

5.  Spread batter into prepared pan.  Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick comes out with a few crumbs attached.  Be careful not to over bake.  Cool slightly (I like these bars a little warm when served...especially when served with ice cream and chocolate sauce), cut and serve.


Happy Peanut Butter Cookie Bars Baking!

This post has been linked up to Sweet as Sugar Cookies (Sweets for a Saturday)


  1. Evil Avril....simply EVIL!!! Peanut Butter is my fact Whole Foods and Earth Fare have fresh ground Honey Roasted Peanut-Butter that is my new obsession. I bet that would taste mighty fine in a cookie, lol!

  2. congratulations on Baby Colette!! that peanut butter cookie with the chocolate sauce AND ice cream looks crazy delicious!!

  3. My little one will love these, since she is a PB freak -it looks delicious. Good to see you are bouncing back with the baby.

  4. Oh these look good beyond belief. That'll satisfy any PB craving. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog right now and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link this up.

  5. this was AMAZING! I tried not to share any with my family when you gave me those few slices....then Zain smelled the yumminess....he LOVED it too!

  6. Hi Avril! Having my first give away, hop on over and enter :)

  7. You just can't miss with peanut butter cookie anything! I think we're on the same page today. I just posted about pb blondies. :)

  8. OH this looks so good! I may have to make them, and I'm with Siggy, I love the honey roasted pb from Earth Fare! mmmmm....

  9. Any treat drizzled with chocolate must be wonderful!! :) Hope you and your new baby are well and getting some good sleep at night.

  10. These look heavenly :) You really should try the Peanut Butter Brownies on my blog... the pic isn't that great because of the lack of sunlight in the evenings, but taste makes up for it!

  11. I am not a big fan of PB, but that looks absolutely delicious and rich.

  12. Yummylicious! I can't get my eyes off the sight of the choco drizzled cookie bars with icecream. Must bake this one rather than let my mouth water.XD

  13. I know what you mean about peanut butter, and I'm not even pregnant-ha ha! The PB bars sound great!

  14. Yum! These sound amazing! I love peanut butter. I must try these out!!

  15. I don't care for the sweet/salty combo of peanut butter and chocolate, but i do like the double dose of peanut butter you have here.

    I like the way you cut them into wedges too.

  16. This looks so good! That chocolate sauce on top, yum!!

  17. Hi Avril! I used this recipe for today's reveal day of SRC. It was SO, SO delicious! I'll definitely be making it all the time as it was a huge hit with my family! Thanks for sharing such a winning recipe. BTW, Love your blog. You have a wonderful selection of tempting recipes.



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