Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Peanut Butter Cake Bars

Today's field day at school so Makayla had to bring snacks. Tomorrow's only a half day (and the last day of school), so today they get to play games all morning and then watch a movie in the afternoon. I didn't have any yummy goodies to send so I decided to whip up a batch of these. Makayla's a peanut butter fan and was thrilled... any way to get junk food makes her happy! Everyone really liked these filling bars. They're thick like cake, but the texture isn't cake-like. I would describe it more as having a soft cookie type texture. These bars are also not as sweet as some of the treats I have made, so that's also a big plus. This is definitely a keeper!

PEANUT BUTTER CAKE BARS
2/3 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips

In a large bowl, cream the butter, peanut butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

15 comments:

Kathy said...

Oh, these look great! I'm so jealous - our last day here is June 3rd!!! This is the first time ever we have gone this long and it has nothing to do with our hurricanes either!!! Ughhh...

Willoughby said...

I love almost anything made with peanut butter. These look wonderful!

Jaime and Jen DISH said...

Oh yum, I'm getting off blogger right now to go make these...

and btw, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the music on your blog.

the ungourmet said...

These look delicious! It so great that your kids can bring homemade treats! Around here they are worried about food poisoning or something so we can only bring packaged things from a store. It's so unfortunate!

Netts Nook said...

Anything peanut butter works for me those bars look great.

Lynda said...

Mmmmm, these look so addictive, Heidi! I'll have to make these for my daughter(who is 21), as she LOVES peanut butter and chocolate together!I love it too, but I thought I'd use her as an excuse to induldge! :)

Delectable Dining said...

Ooohhh... these would be dangerous! They look so good!

teresa said...

Oh my gosh these look incredible! I love PB treats!

Amy said...

I am SO making these to take on our camping trip this weekend!!

Sila Lumenn said...

Heidi, those look absolutely delicious! I think I might make them for an after dinner treat tomorrow night.

Katy ~ said...

I've really been craving peanut butter. I was thinking just the old fashioned peanut butter cookie, but now I see these tempting beauties!

Lara said...

Peanut Butter + Chocolate = ♥♥♥♥♥♥

Krista said...

Yummy! Love peanut butter and chocolate too. Here's to starting summer break off right!

Donna-FFW said...

Heidi.. these look fantastic.. I love peanut butter, as do my kids.. a must try for me.

Chrissy said...

These look super YUMMY and I want one...or two.