peanut butter dark chocolate chunk cookie bars

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

i've been on an unofficial baking challenge lately.
and by unofficial i mean i just made it up.
the goal: bake my way through my 'dessert' pinterest board.

problem is, i keep adding to it.

sunday i decided to tackle another recipe.
david wanted a fruit-filled dessert. 
i didn't.
i guess it's a texture thing but please don't make me eat slimy chunks of berries.
but david is happy to keep all the fruit bearing desserts in this house to himself. 
so i made him a pie. 
on one condition. 
i made another treat
he wasn't allowed to get handsy with it.
the pie is his.
the other is mine.

this glorious bar is (obviously) NOT blueberry pie.
it's chewy, peanut buttery and dark chocolately. 
in other words, health food. (i bought the 74% cacao)
just how mama likes it.

i know the weather is warming which means i can't live under a parka anymore.
i should be eating fibrous veggies (gag) and kale.
 (all the cool kids like kale..i'm not cool).

can i tell you a secret?
apart from my slanderous affection for peanut butter, i chose this recipe simply for the ease.
after making a pie for david i wasn't about to dirty up my kitchen any more than necessary.

this recipe is one bowl.
it requires no mixing apart from your little biceps and a spoon.
there's no special ingredients or techniques.
you dump stuff in a bowl and go.

peanut butter dark chocolate chunk cookie bars
recipe slightly adapted from Averie Cooks

1 stick unsalted butter
1 large egg
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla
heaping 1/2 cup of peanut butter (do not use homemade or naturally separating types)
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch salt
7 oz dark chocolate bar, roughly chopped (I used ghiradelli's 72% cacao)

preheat oven to 350. line an 8x8 pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
melt butter in microwave, about 1 minute. in a large bowl combine egg, sugars, vanilla and peanut butter. add slightly cooled butter and stir to combine. add the flour, baking soda, and salt until just incorporated. stir in chopped chocolate. 
transfer batter to baking dish. smooth evenly in pan. bake for 18-22 minutes or until lightly browned and toothpick comes out clean (this can be tricky due to all the chocolate chunks...just keep poking around).
allow bars to cool in pan at least 30 minutes before cutting.
after completely cool, cut into 9 pieces and serve.
(dude, stick them in the fridge for about an hour. omg. amazing)
did i just say dude?

in other news, i'm gonna need help with some home design stuff, friends. 
get your thinking caps on. i've got a few doozies. 
a hint: niches. what to do with useless spaces.

linked up at Home Stories A to Z

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