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Peanut Butter Cup Bars

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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.  😀

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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.

Happy snacking!

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(From a Peanut Butter Cup recipe on Crunchy Creamy Sweet)

Peanut Butter Cup Bars
 
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8 inch square pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the butter and peanut butter.
  3. Add in the sugars and beat until well combined.
  4. Add in the vanilla and egg, and mix, scraping down the sides of the bowl if you have to. Set aside.
  5. In a medium bowl mix together the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt.
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir with a wooden spoon.
  7. 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.)
  8. 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.
  9. Bake for 20-22 minutes.

 

{ 10 comments… add one }
  • Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary November 9, 2016, 9:48 am

    I love everything about fall, including the clocks being switched back.. but I don’t love that it gets dark so dang early. I wish we could gain an hour of sleep, but it still be light out at 7/8 pm. Guess we can’t have our cake and eat it too, huh? Although I really hate that saying. Anyways, what I don’t hate??! THESE bars! Love ’em, girlfriend! I mean peanut butter cup bars?! Yes please! Cheers!

    • Amanda November 9, 2016, 12:10 pm

      I think the answer is that we need to create a time machine so we can pause time and get plenty of sleep, and then pause time again so the sun is up as long as we want. 😉 Thanks, Cheyanne!

  • Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks November 9, 2016, 7:04 pm

    Changing clocks should be illegal. Darkness at 5:04 is painful! I’m going to need a whole bunch of these peanut butter bars to get through this!

    • Amanda November 14, 2016, 10:16 am

      My thoughts exactly! Haha. Thanks, Rachelle!

  • Rachel @ Bakerita November 9, 2016, 10:41 pm

    Chocolate and peanut butter is my ultimate favorite!! I’m dying for one of these bars. Yum!

    • Amanda November 14, 2016, 10:16 am

      Thanks so much, Rachel!

  • Megan - The Emotional Baker November 10, 2016, 8:35 am

    I like the extra hour of sleep, but I don’t like it getting dark so early 🙁 These bars on the other hand are perfect! I’m sure I couldn’t stop with just one!

    • Amanda November 14, 2016, 10:17 am

      The extra sleep is wonderful. Thanks, Megan!

  • Karen @ The Food Charlatan November 10, 2016, 11:12 pm

    Daylight savings is killer!! Let’s self medicate with pb cup bars 🙂

    • Amanda November 14, 2016, 10:17 am

      Sugar is always the best way to self medicate! 🙂 Thanks, Karen!

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