Monday, December 6, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Just Desserts: Double Peanut Butter Bars

This recipe takes the simple peanut butter cookie and "raises the bar"... with three layers:

Peanut Butter Cookie on the bottom

Rich peanut butter icing in the middle

Topped with a chocolate shell
Delicious and decadent!

For the cookie base:

Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease a 9x13 glass baking dish.
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dark molasses
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut buter
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Prepare peanut butter cookie dough (per normal recipe) but do not refrigerate.  Instead, spread dough evenly on the bottom of the prepared baking dish.

Bake for about 15-18 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. 

For the middle layer:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
In a small bowl, beat the butter, peanut butter, milk, vanilla and powdered sugar until smooth and fluffy.  Spread evenly over the cookie base.

For the top layer:
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
In a microwavable pyrex measuring cup, melt butter & chocolate on high -- about 30 seconds (depending on the oven, you may need to stir it and microwave for an additional 30 seconds.)  Stir until very smooth.  Allow to cool and thicken, stirring continually.   Pour over the top and spread to cover evenly.

Refrigerate to set the top layer.  Cut into 1" squares and serve!


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