I'm just a busy wife and mom who loves to cook (and hates to clean up afterward), balancing the many hats I wear and trying to look cool, calm, and collected while doing it...

Oh, and I rarely measure anything when I cook, so consider yourself warned. Love good food. Try new things. Eat to your heart's content.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookie Peanut Butter Brownie Bars

Are you in the mood for :
A) Chocolate Chip Cookies
B) Something Peanut Butter-y
C)Fudgy Brownies
D) All of the Above!!

If you Answered D, then you're in luck! I've seen a recipe similar to this referred to either as Santa's Suicide or Slutty Brownies (on where else... Pinterest! BTW This other blogger's pictures on the Pinterest post are waaayyyy better than mine. They probably have an amazing camera. I use my phone... Whatevs.)
Basically this thing is a layer of chocolate chip cookies on the bottom, a layer of fudgy brownies on top, and a layer of gooey peanut butter in between.

Chocolate Chip Cookie-Peanut Butter-Brownie Bars

2 Sticks (1 Cup) Butter, softened
1 cup Sugar
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
2 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
2 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Salt + a sprinkle of Coarse Sea Salt if desired (I like getting a little chunk of salt in my cookies.)
1 1/2 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
3/4 cup Natural Peanut Butter
1 box of Brownie Mix, and ingredients to prepare them (Make sure it's for the 9x13 size pan. Some boxes are smaller...)

Preheat your oven to 350. Grease a 9x13 baking pan and set aside.

Mix the brownie mix according to directions. Set that aside too.

With an electric mixer, cream together the butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla.

In a mixing bowl combine the flour, baking soda, and salt.

With your mixer on a lower speed, slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture (I do it a large spoonful at a time, so flour doesn't go everywhere) until it's all combined. Now stir in the chocolate chips.

Pour the cookie dough into your greased pan, and spread it evenly.

Now melt the peanut butter for about 30 seconds in the microwave. Stir and heat a few seconds more, or until it becomes nice and liquidy.

Now pour that over he cookie dough, and spread it out, but not all the way to the very edge of the pan.

Now pour the brownie batter over the peanut butter and spread it to the edges (careful not to mix the PB and brownie batter). Then I like to give the whole pan a bit of a shake to even it all out.

 Now bake it covered with foil for 30 minutes, then uncover it and bake for another 15-20 minutes.

 The brownie batter will be jiggly in the middle still but will set up into fudgy goodness while it cools.

Now for the hard part... you have to wait for it to cool before you cut into it. Bu after it cools... Oh Boy!! Sooo goood!!!

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