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Monday, October 13, 2014

Peanut Butter Shortbread Bars

I really like Twix candy bars. If IT Guy ever buys me a candy bar it's almost always a Twix bar. Or a peanut butter cup. I'm not a big fan of Twix peanut butter candy bars though...but I do love me some peanut butter. I figured I could come up with something that was better than a Twix peanut butter candy bar. And I did! Well..here you go. These are really yummy! IT Guy isn't a big fan of peanut butter but he couldn't stay out of these! A little goes a long way....they're rich!! But worth it, I have to say.

Peanut Butter Shortbread Bars

3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter ~ softened
2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup peanut butter ~ smooth or chunky
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips ~ melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter and 3/4 cup powdered sugar until fluffy.

Add the flour and baking powder and mix until combined.

Press dough into an 8x8 inch greased (or parchment paper lined) pan.

Bake 20 - 30 minutes until edges are lightly browned.

Cool completely.

In a medium microwave safe bowl, combine the peanut butter and 1/4 butter. Microwave for 1 minute until butter has melted and peanut butter is soft. Stir.

Add the 1 cup powdered sugar and mix well. 

Gently spread over cooled crust.

Melt chocolate chips in the microwave or over low heat. Spread on top of peanut mixture. Allow chocolate to cool and set up before slicing.

Okay...let's go! 

Okay...let's go!

Combine the 1 cup of butter and powdered sugar until fluffy then add the flour and baking powder. 

Combine the 1 cup of butter and 
powdered sugar until fluffy then 
add the flour and baking powder.

Press into your prepared pan. 

Press into your prepared pan.

Bake until the edges are golden brown. Cool completely. 

Bake until the edges are golden brown. 
Cool completely.

Melt the 1/4 cup of butter and the peanut butter in the microwave. Add the 1 cup of powdered sugar. 

Melt the 1/4 cup of butter and the 
peanut butter in the microwave. 
Add the 1 cup of powdered sugar.

Spread peanut butter mixture over the cooled crust. 

Spread peanut butter mixture 
over the cooled crust.

Melt the chocolate chips... 

Melt the chocolate chips...

...then spread over the peanut butter mixture. Allow to cool before cutting. 

...then spread over the peanut butter 
mixture. Allow to cool before cutting.




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