Today is my Aunt’s birthday – she would have been 63 years old today. My family is full of bakers – in every generation. Bonnie was not really known as a baker, although she will always go down in history for winning the brownie bake-off two years in a row. Unfortunately I had already moved to the west coast at this point, and I wasn’t able to participate in the fun – but my family took this competition very seriously. This was not an easy contest to win, and I remember talking to her after she won – I could see her beaming all the way on the other side of the country.
As if it was bad enough to lose Bonnie, now my Uncle is sick. Fortunately he has a ravenous appetite, which in our family is a really good thing. My mother went to visit him today with a pile of chocolate chip cookies – she said he ate a few, and then hid the rest from all his visitors. I laughed – since at this point, I think that is completely appropriate.
I couldn’t go tomorrow empty handed, so I thought long and hard about what I wanted to make him. I wanted to make brownies, but I thought that something a little different was in order – peanut butter. Who doesn’t love chocolate and peanut butter? I remembered this recipe that my friend Kirsty posted – and I thought they would be perfect. I adapted the recipe slightly below – and the sample bite I had today was exactly what I was looking for. A nice peanut butter flavor with a chocolate chip in every bite. They might not be Bonnie’s winning recipe, but they were made with love. Just like hers.
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 t vanilla
- 2 c flour
- 2 t baking powder
- 1/4 t salt
- 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (milk chocolate or dark chocolate)
Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a 9‐in x 13‐in baking dish and set aside. Beat the butter and peanut butter in a large mixing bowl. Add the sugar and brown sugar; mix well. Next add the eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition. Finally mix in the vanilla. In a separate mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Slowly incorporate the flour into the peanut butter mixture. Next stir in the chocolate chips. Then spread the batter into the greased baking dish. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or unl lightly browned. Cool, slice and serve.
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5 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Bars”
Glad you liked them! I still have two bars tucked away in the freezer for a special treat. First day of school perhaps! :)
Hi Dawn, I still make Bonnie’s brownies and they are always a hit with my bridge and tennis crowd. I can see Bonnie smiling now and think it is wonderful for you to continue to honor her memory. Love to you, Hope
MM chocolate and peanut butter! I’m sure your uncle appreciates it. I think anything made with love is a winning recipe.
These bars look great! I’ve been noticing a lot of peanut butter recipes going up lately…maybe because it’s starting to get closer to Fall.
I am sorry to hear about your uncles declining health I am certain your brownies will bring a smile to his face. I love chocolate and peanut butter together.