2 hours later, when we arrived back home… the house did not smell heavenly.
Something needed to be done about it. Stat.
It’s times like these that you have to pull out the big guns. We had to bake a treat. Common sense, really. We practically had no other choice.
Thus, dear reader, I give you peanut butter bars. Dangerously delicious, sometimes addictive, almost always a crowd pleaser.
- 1c butter, softened
- 1c brown sugar
- ⅔c white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1c peanut butter
- scant ½tsp salt
- 1tsp baking soda
- 1¾c flour
- 2c quick oats
- 2c chocolate chips + 1 Tbsp butter, for topping
- In a large bowl, cream butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. Stir in eggs, 1 at a time. Stir in vanilla and peanut butter. Sift in salt, baking soda, and flour. Stir in oats. Batter will be somewhat thick.
- Spray a large cookie sheet with nonstick spray. Press batter into pan evenly. (If you find it’s difficult to spread, I usually use my hands and occasionally dip my fingertips into a small cup of water.)
- Bake a 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes until just set. Do not over bake.
- While cookies are baking, melt chocolate chips with butter in a double boiler. When cookies come out of the oven, let cool 1-2 minutes. While cookies are still warm, spread chocolate over top. Slice into bars and serve.
- Store leftovers in the refrigerator for longer keeping.