High Heels & Grills: Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

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Hey friends! Remember us? Remember how we used to have a blog here? I know it's been a long freakin' while, but don't hold it against us! We own a desktop and a laptop and both of them decided to let their hard drive fail at the same time. The guy at Best Buy said that's completely normal even though our laptop is only 8 months old. Uh, hello?? That is not acceptable. But two hard drives and a few hundred dollars later {boo}, we're finally back and ready to share what we've been up to for the past three weeks!!

So a couple weeks ago, we got invited for dinner at a freind's house and I was super excited about it! Our only assignment? Bring dessert. That's easy enough right? I knew I'd be able to come up with something delicious and let's be honest - when you're making food for people, you kind of want to impress them. So, I went about my week, occasionally looking at things to make on Pinterest, but since I'm awesome at procrastinating, I didn't solidify anything just yet. Sunday rolled around, the day we were suppose to go over for dinner, and...I had totally forgotten I was suppose to make a dessert. Ahh!! I don't like to shop on Sunday, so I told my friend that I may have to come raid her pantry for ingredients.

We got home from church and I had just over an hour until we had to be over there. Normally, an hour would be plenty long enough time, but when 1/2 hour was spent just looking for a recipe, I became frantic. That is, until I came across this recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter bars from Mandy's Recipe Box! {Thank heavens!} Luckily, I had all the ingredients and it took like 1/2 hour tops to put it all together. Not to mention, they taste amazing!


The original recipe tells you to put a layer of peanut butter between the bar and the chocolate frosting. Well, I didn't have that much peanut butter, so I went without. It still tasted awesome, which is why I put my adapted recipe up, but for the original, be sure to visit Mandy's Recipe Box. {Thanks so much for the great recipe Mandy!!}

Ingredients:

Bars:
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup {2 sticks} butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda

Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup {1 stick} butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar

Directions:
  1. FOR THE BARS: Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease a 12x17 inch cookie sheet; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream the sugars and butter together until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs, vanilla, and peanut butter and mix well.
  5. In a small bowl combine oats, flour, salt, and baking soda.
  6. Add the dry ingredients slowly to the wet mixture.
  7. Spread the dough in your greased cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown and let cool completely.
  9. FOR THE FROSTING: Mix all ingredients together until smooth.
  10. Spread on top of bars.

These were a hit with our friend's kids! We left a few for their family to enjoy and our friend confessed later that he waited for the kids to go to sleep and then ate the rest of them. Beware: they're addicting. Enjoy!

-Sarah

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8 comments:

  1. Yummy! Sound delish! I’m a new follower of your blog from the Monday Mingle Blog Hop! Would love if you could stop by mine. Thanks :0)

    The Three Whiskateers
    http://thethreewhiskateers.blogspot.com/

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  2. These look absolutely divine! My Reece's lovin' husband would devour them, I'm sure. :)

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  3. Wow, these look so yummy!! Thanks for sharing! Found you via Ginger Snaps Wow Me Wednesday :)

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  4. Why do I have to see this right after I swore off desserts until March?!?! I love anything that involves peanut butter and chocolate... these look amazing.

    I hope you'll link up at Off the Hook!

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  5. These are simply looking wonderful!!
    One layer or 2 layers - I don't care as I get some to eat :)

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  6. Hi,
    You have a great blog with yummy recipes. I love bar cookies.

    We are hosting our 2nd link party tomorrow and would like to invite you to link up with us.

    Thanks!
    The Busy Bee's,
    Myrna and Joye

    http://thebusybhive.blogspot.com/

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  7. This looks completely awesome! I love peanut butter! Glad you managed to find such a delicious looking recipe just in time!

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  8. I love chocolate and peanut butter. These look great! I am following you on Pinterest.

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