Friday, February 14, 2014

In which we make treats for our beloved spouse's work friends...

These to be exact, which were well-received.  I have had this recipe for at least 35 years and had not drug it out for probably 30 of those years.  I remembered they were good and I happened to have all the ingredients when I belatedly decided to make him something to take for Valentine's Day.  So...here you go!


(They looked like this, but as usual, I forgot to take a picture of the ones I made.  This photo is from here.)

Peanut Butter Swirl Bars

1/2 cup  peanut butter
1/3 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup  flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat peanut butter, butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until creamy.  Gradually add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Mix  flour, baking powder, and salt then add to butter mixture, beating well. Spread batter in an greased 9- x 13-inch pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
 Bake 5 minutes. Remove from oven. Run a knife through batter to swirl chocolate. Return to oven; bake 30 additional minutes. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.