Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

This is obviously going somewhere good….. I mean butter, eggs, sugar, and peanut butter ALWAYS results in a beautiful ending.

I’ve had quite the casual weekend, a little homework here, a little baking there, some hanging out with the boy… its been productive AND relaxing, who knew that existed! I have quite the crazy next two weeks before spring break, why did all of my professors decided to cram a majority of the semesters exams and projects all BEFORE spring break… we do have another 6 weeks of school, right?!

I also had a CRAZY adventure going grocery shopping this weekend…… It was windy, like 35 mph steady with 55 mph gusts every 5 seconds, or so they say.

I had planned to go grocery shopping so by golly I was going, but on my way there I noticed all the traffic lights were out. As I was turning into the shopping center I realized that Giant and Walmart were both without power….. and closed. So I ventured my way to Wegman’s and it was nuts, but there was power! After this little adventure I finally got my shopping done. I am telling you go buy Chobani’s new flavors….. it made the madness absolutely worth it! The Mango and Lemon are AMAZING!

My new favorite: Mango

Anyhow…. all weekend I was hardcore craving  a little comfort food, something tasty. Obviously that always leads me to chocolate or peanut butter, or both in this case. My mom used to make these bars quite often when we were growing up, and I haven’t had them in ages. I also decided it was time to whip something up from my stash of “mom’s recipes”, because that hasn’t happened in a few weeks. Which was probably the cause of my need for something yummy, she really is the best!

We always have fun in the kitchen together

So my journey in wanting to bake these really began around 12:30am last night, but being as I was out of eggs, and I only had a spoonful of peanut butter left. It had to wait until this morning… So you can bet that as soon I was back from my run, I was baking.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars


½ cup butter

¾ cup creamy peanut butter

1 ¾ cup sugar

1 ½ tsp vanilla

4 eggs, slightly beaten

1 ½ cups flour

½ tsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt

2 cups chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven at 350 degrees

Prepare 13×9 pan with non stick spray

Melt butter. Add peanut butter; stir until melted. Stir in sugar and vanilla. Add eggs and stir with spoon until well blended. Add flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir until blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake 35 min or until top is golden brown and edges firm.( it took about 40 minutes in my oven). Cool. Cut into bars, large or small whatever you prefer! I did a little of both 🙂

Baked to perfection

Perfect study break snack 🙂

What comfort food do you crave when you’re stressed?

Anything with lots of carbs or that I had often while growing up at home! Cookies, and mac and cheese.

“Excuses”

These days I’m full of excuses to indulge my inner foodie and love for healthy living, or really any excuse to get me out of doing the two term papers and multiple exams looming over my head for the next few weeks. Half way through the semester…. I’m pretty pleased with that!

I used the beautiful, completely unseasonal weather as an excuse to go for a run on a busy morning, as well as an excuse to go for a walk with the boy when I should have been preparing an outline.

Obviously a photo from the summer, because lets be real there is no green here unless you want to count the tiny sprigs of grass trying not to drown in mud from all the snow melting.

I am using Valentine’s Day as an excuse to buy cheap, cute kitchen and decorating items for next year

Major score at Walmart! Table cloth, cookie cutters, and cute heart plate!

And perhaps a little Ghirardelli to indulge my sweet tooth

I’m using a rushed day as an excuse to eat Raspberry Chobani with butter toffee almonds and calling it lunch and then later having a second lunch because yogurt just won’t cut it.

SO pretty and yummy! Yogurt and almonds is a super concoction!

Cinnamon Cheerios and Kashi Blueberry clusters

It is funny how I bought more produce this week then I ever do and seem to have consumed it all faster than I ever do….. so I resort to cereal and yogurt… or an excuse for ANOTHER grocery run of the week to get some strawberries, because well its winter and I need some “summery” foods in my life

To add to my yogurt... with honey on top.

Then there is the fact that it is Friday night, no homework EVER gets done on Friday night. So I like many others decided it was pizza night, a pizza night followed by baking and watching the office on hulu….. What did I bake you ask?

Jess’s Cinnamon Sugar Flatbread Crackers

She posted them this morning and I decided I just had to have them!

He was such a good helper 🙂

Greatest combination out there!

Team work at its finest. Please ignore and don't be blinded by my extreme paleness

The final product!

I modified her recipe just a little bit….

Cinnamon Sugar Flatbread Crackers

1 1/4 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons warm water

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons sugar + 3/4 tablespoon cinnamon for sprinkling

A smear of butter or margarine (to coat top)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine flours, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a bowl, mix. Add water and olive oil. Mix until dough forms. I used my hands, it was easiest.

Cover a baking sheet with flour and roll the dough as thin as desired with a rolling pin. Brush top of crackers with melted butter or margarine. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture over top and cut with a pizza slicer into desired sized crackers. Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden and crisp. Let cool completely.

I think I’m off to bake more tomorrow… I’m using this weekend to bake, catch up on sleep, and prepare for another VERY busy week!

What “excuses” have you made lately to indulge in your preferred lifestyle?

run, run, run, bake, bake, bake, homework, sleep. I’ve got to stay sane somehow with all this school work, some would beg to differ that I’ve actually remained sane.

Does anyone else use holidays as excuses to buy cute little things on sale?

I couldn’t wait for Feb 15 so I could go buy some heart shaped cookie cutters!