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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

     I do not always succeed at resisting temptation. I try. But it's hard. Especially when the temptation involves chocolate. And baking something. And all of my friends DO seem to be doing it. I'd been fighting the temptation. Honest. But then some of my blogging friends posted their recipes for chocolate and peanut-butter some-thing-or-others ...
    First it was Michelle, from 'Big Black Dogs' and 'Spend-A-Buck Farm'. On Feb. 25th she had posted about these "Chocolate Brownie Peanut Butter Cups" .
    Then it was Jenn, from 'Lipstick and Laundry Ca'.. On March 7th she posted about these "Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies".
    And then Nan, from 'Mom's The Word ... I Love to Hear', who went and wrote her version of how "The Marriage of Chocolate And Peanut Butter" came to be. (Quite the comical, oh so probable tale! ;-p).
    Let alone all of those other bloggers whom keep posting Chocolate Peanut-butter recipes. They are everywhere I tell you! Or so it seems every single time I scroll through one of the "link ups" I often participate in. Goodness!
     So I kept trying to resist. Honest I did. But a girl (or at least this 'girl') can only resist such tempting and prompting for so-o long and then tis best to give in. Why? Just trust me on that, okay? o;-p

    Therefore about a week ago, I gave in and baked up a batch of these oh so scrumptious Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars.

   See-e, I knew you would 'get' why I kept wanting them.
   (Oops, sorry that your now tempted too.  o;-b!)

    This recipe came from a camp that our church used to hold snow camp at one year, back when I was in high school. (N-O, that does NOT mean this recipe qualifies as an "antique" one! Gee-sh!!!).  They had made these for us the first night. We devoured them, singing their (both the bars and the cooks) praises the whole time. So they made them  again the next day. And then another batch. And another. And then even a batch for us to take with us. But I knew even that would not be good enough. So while everybody else was loading and boarding the bus, I was back in the kitchen pleading for them to write the recipe down for me. They DID :-D!! 

     Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars:
   1/2 cup Butter
   1/2 cup White Sugar
   1/2 cup Brown Sugar
    1 Egg
    1/3 cup smooth Peanut Butter
    1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
    1/4 teaspoon Salt
    1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
     1 cup Flour
     1 cup Oats
     1 cup (6 oz.) Chocolate Chips

    Cream butter, gradually add sugars; cream well. Add egg, peanut butter and vanilla. Add flour, oats, baking soda and salt; mix well.
     Spread in bottom of sprayed 9 x 13 pan. 
    Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 min. - until LIGHTLY browned.
    Sprinkle immediately with the chocolate chips. Let stand 5 minutes, then spread.

    Drizzle with mixture below:
      (or wait until the pan cools and then spread this mixture on top)
    1/2 cup Confectioners Sugar
    1/4 cup smooth Peanut Butter
     2 - 4 Tablespoons milk
    mix till smooth.

    Let set up. Cut into either bars or brownies. ENJOY!!!!! (I sure did ;-p)

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  I 'plan' on linking this particular posting up to:
~ "Recipe Swap Thursday('s)", hosted by Alison, at 'Prairie Story' (http://www.prairiestory.com/) 
~ "Full Plate Thursday('s), hosted by Miz Helen, at 'Miz Helen's Country Cottage' (http://mizhelenscountrycottage.blogspot.com/)
~ "Sweet Tooth Friday('s)", hosted by Alli, at 'Alli 'n Son' (Parenting and Life with a side of Chocolate) (http://alli-n-son.com/) 
~ "Foodie Friday('s)", are hosted by "Gollum" (aka: Michael), at 'Designs by Gollum' (http://designsbygollum.blogspot.com/)

and then next week, linking it up to:
~ "Sweet Sunday('s)", at "My Sweet Creations" (http://tastingmysweetcreations.blogspot.com/)
~ "Melt in Your Mouth Monday('s)", hosted by Jane Doiron, at 'Make Ahead Meals For Busy Moms .. and other delicious recipes!' (http://www.makeaheadmealsforbusymoms.com)
"Making Your Home Sing Monday('s)", are hosted by Nan, at 'Mom's the Word (I love to hear)' (http://momstheword--livingforhim.blogspot.com/).
~ "Homemaker Mondays ... Yours, Mine & Ours", are hosted by Jen, at '11th Heaven's Homemaking Haven' (http://rtheyallyours.blogspot.com/).
~ "Market Yourself Monday", are hosted by Sumo, at 'Sumo's Sweet Stuff' (http://sumossweetstuff.blogspot.com/)
~ "Delectable Tuesday('s)", hosted by Stephani, at 'Home Sweet Farm' (http://www.ourjourneytoasimplerlife.blogspot.com/)
~ "Tuesday's Tasty Tidbits", hosted by Susan, at 'Permanent Posies - Creative Chaos' (http://permanentposies.com/)

 ~ "Tempt My Tummy Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Lisa, at 'Blessed with Grace' (http://blessedwithgrace.blogspot.com).
~ "Tuesdays at the Table", are hosted by Cole, at 'All The Small Stuff' (http://allthesmallstuff-cole.blogspot.com/).
~ "Kitchen Tip Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Tammy, at 'Tammy's Recipes' (http://www.tammysrecipes.com/).
~ "Tasty Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Jennifer, at "Balancing Beauty and Bedlam" (http://www.beautyandbedlam.com/)
~ "Foodie Wednesday('s)", hosted by Bibi, at 'Daily Organized Chaos' (there is nothing wrong with living with chaos as long as it's organized)  (http://www.dailyorganizedchaos.com) 
~ "Whatever Goes Wednesday('s)", hosted by Michelle, at 'Someday Crafts' (http://somedaycrafts.blogspot.com/)

~ "This Week's Craving's" (every week it's a different category), hosted by Tina, from 'Mom's Crazy Cooking' (http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com) with the help of two blogging friends.


  1. WOW these look wonderful! We are having a CHOCOLATE... CHOCOLATE... and MORE CHOCOLATE linky party over at THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS! We would LOVE for you to link up your chocolate recipe.. it's gonna be a really SWEET week, we hope you stop by and link up!


  2. Hi,
    It is so good to see you today. Your bars look so delicious. All that peanut butter and chocolate, what's not to like. Great recipe. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

  3. OK another recipe I will have to try. Maybe I will do that now??? Can always share with work
    Karen Grzegorski

  4. Oh yum, yum, yum. You are right! They look amazing!

  5. Congratulatins Cheryl!
    You are featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. You are welcome to stop by and pick up your Red Plate. Enjoy!

  6. ohhhh nooo! I have all those inngredients! LOL

  7. What are you doing to me. I had to get up and go get a piece of candy after reading about the chocolate chip cookies and now these! Yummy! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Sat. March 26th I replied to Karen G-ski - "Hi Karen :-)
    Your visiting our blog AND you've figured out how to leave messages - SO-O COOL!!! :-)
    did you make them yet?

    Cheryl B."

    she responded, "I did and my co-workers love them (not the calories) Thank you for sharing!


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