Chocolate Topped Peanut Butter Bars

It’s Memorial Day weekend so there’s been some great food, but nothing for writing up.  I’ve made deviled eggs and cole slaw to go with grilled burgers and hot dogs.  Today I decided to branch out a take a dessert to a neighborhood fete.  I had a lot to do pre-party so I coudn’t take on drop cookies and brownies seemed a little boring.  Paula Deen to the rescue!

Peanut butter and chocolate may be my favorite flavor combination ever. (One wonders why Nabisco doesn’t make a chocolate dipped peanut butter Oreo…).  So, I found a recipe for peanut butter bars which are essentilly peanut butter brownies and decided to top them with chocolate.  Yum.  Really, yum.

A couple of notes.  The butter in this gets melted so you don’t have to worry about setting it out to soften. Do set the eggs out though and bring them to room temperature. I don’t usually have self-rising flour in the house so I substituted all purpose flour plus 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1 teaspoon baking soda.   Also, I have discovered Jif Natural peanut butter.  It rocks.  It’s just a shade less sweet than regular Jif, but leaps and bounds better in flavor and texture than Simply Jif or any all natural brand.  The recipe calls for a 9×13 pan.  I should have used that.  I used an 8×8 instead and forgot to extend the cooking time to account for the thicker bars.  Finally, I think the chocolate topping is non-negotiable.

The bars were gooey and sweet and peanut buttery and topped with chocolate.  Does it get better?  Apparently not.  There wasn’t a crumb left to bring home from the cookout or to take a picture of. God bless Paula Deen recipes.

Good? Yummy.
Easy? Yes.
Good for company? Absolutely.
Special shopping? Nope.

Chocolate Topped Peanut Butter Bars

Ingredients

1 stick salted butter
1/2 C creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 C sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 t vanilla
1 C flour
1 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1 C semi sweet or dark chocolate chips

Directions

Melt the butter and peanut butter in a mixing bowl or double boiler. Remove from heat. Stir in sugar, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda and 1/2 C flour. Mix in eggs. Stir in remaining flour.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool in the pan.
While the bars cool melt the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. It should take about 45 seconds. Stop in the middle to stir. Spread melted chocolate over the bars and cool completely before cutting.

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