Oh, fall. What are some of your favorite parts of fall? All the different colors of the leaves? Staying inside and baking while drinking coffee? Football? All the comfy layers of clothing?
Well, all of these things might be nice, but you know what isn’t my favorite part of fall? Switching the clocks back. I mean, I REALLY don’t like switching the clocks back. I know that for where I live it isn’t possible, but I think it would be really nice to have the sun go down in the middle of winter at about 8:30 at night. I mean, wouldn’t all that lit up snow be nice? 😉
The other day when we switched the clocks back the sun went down at 5:05. I mean, really. By the time it’s 7:00 it looks like about midnight. 🙂 And I’m one of those people who…um…just happens to know when the shortest day of the year is, that way I can get excited about the days getting slightly longer again. I swear I should be like a Viking or something and have a bonfire celebration on the shortest day of the year…by the way on the shortest day of the year here the sun sets at about 4:37 in the afternoon. Not that I’m counting or anything. 😀
But even though the days are ridiculously short, I guess I wouldn’t trade it. I mean those Christmas lights probably wouldn’t have the same charm if the sun didn’t go down until 9:00 like it does in the summer. Plus that just gives me more of an excuse to drink tea and eat cookies and bars, right? Right? 😉 I sure hope it does, because that’s what I’m doing!
And speaking of bars, here’s a great one to have when you’re inside on those short, cold days. It has peanut butter cups! Peanut butter! And chocolate chips! Whoopee! The original recipe had the peanut butter cups on the top, but I chose to incorporate them in. And is there anything better than a mug of something warm with a bar that has a slightly gooey center? Mmm.
- 6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- ½ cup creamy peanut btuter
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 large egg
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 8 Reese's peanut butter cups, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8 inch square pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the butter and peanut butter.
- Add in the sugars and beat until well combined.
- Add in the vanilla and egg, and mix, scraping down the sides of the bowl if you have to. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl mix together the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir with a wooden spoon.
- Add ¾ of the chocolate chips and mix. (I actually added all of the chocolate chips and chopped peanut butter cups at this point, but it works both ways.)
- Press the dough down into the prepared pan and sprinkle with remaining chips and chopped peanut butter cups, pressing them down gently into the surface of the bars.
- Bake for 20-22 minutes.