Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Blondies (with Icing!)

img_0020.jpgPeanut butter lovers will adore these. I made them for a party my daughter hosted and they disappeared in a snap!

Bars:
6 oz. bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup butter – room temperature
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1-1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
3 large eggs – room temperature
2-1/4 cups flour
2-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. kosher salt

Preheat your oven to 350 degree; Lightly grease the bottom only of a 9 x 13 baking pan, or line it with parchment paper. While oven is preheating, set the butter & eggs on the counter for at least 30 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine butter & peanut butter; add both sugars and vanilla – cream this until light and fluffy -about 2-3 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, scraping down bowl after each egg.

In separate bowl, whisk/sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Blend this into the peanut butter mixture. Stir in the chips. Spread batter into pan. Meanwhile, make the glaze.

Bake for about 35-45 minutes and set on cooling rack. Spread with the warm glaze. Cool completely before cutting. They’re worth the wait.

Glaze:
6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter

Combine ingredients in a small saucepan; cook over very low heat stirring constantly until the chocolate is melted and its smooth and creamy. Immediately spread it onto the baked bars.

Cookie Bars with Chips

These were supposed to be butterscotch bars until halfway through making them I realized I had no butterscotch chips! Oh well, the chocolate chips worked great. However, the next time making them I did use butterscotch chips and they were just as good! No mistakes here.

2/3 cup softened unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt (kosher is best)
1 cup chips – any flavor you want

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, lightly grease a 9 x 13 pan and set aside. Cream the butter and sugar, add eggs and vanilla mixing well. In a separate bowl combine the flour, powder, soda and salt adding this to the creamed mixture stirring it well. Spread into the greased pan – you’ll need a spatuala – then sprinkle the chips on top. Bake for 30 minutes, till golden brown. Remove to wire rack, cool then cut & eat.