On Sunday Matt and I went to our friends’ house for a birthday shindig and to watch some football. I personally enjoy something sweet on my birthday so I decided to bake Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie Bars. Let me break it down for you – chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, AND Reese’s pieces. Chocolate and peanut butter are two of my favorite foods to mix together so I didn’t think twice about whether or not to go with this recipe.
I essentially followed the recipe from For the Love of Food. The biggest modification was that I made cookie bars instead of cookies. The recipe yields 70-80 cookies. Who has time to scoop out 70-80 cookie dough balls?! Not me. The day before Matt and I were in Baltimore for the University of Maryland (4-0 so far!) football game so I wanted something easy I could bake the morning of. I often bake cookie bars instead of individual cookies when I use a cookie recipe. My mom always does this and it makes perfect sense. It’s much easier and a huge time saver.
So, back to the deliciousness that is chocolate and peanut butter together.
2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (3.4 ounce) box instant vanilla pudding
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup Reese’s Pieces candy
1 cup peanut butter chips
- Preheat the oven to 350°
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and pudding and set it aside.
- In a large bowl, beat together the butter, peanut butter, sugar and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 to 4 minutes. As with cheese, I like a little extra in my food so I probably added close to a cup of peanut butter instead of ¾.
- Add in the eggs until combined
- Add the vanilla extract and honey until combined.
- Add the flour mixture in a little at a time, beating after each addition, until it’s all mixed in.
- Now for the fun! Add in the chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and Reese’s pieces until they’re evenly distributed throughout the dough. As with the peanut butter, I added as much of each as I wanted. I did not measure out how much of each I put in.
- Spread the dough into a greased 9×13 pan. Use your hands if necessary. I found that this was the easiest way to even out the dough in the pan. If you have a pan that’s a little larger than 9×13 you may want to use this as well. The cookie bars are a little dense so it helps to reduce the thickness of them by using a larger pan.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes.
- As tough as this may be, try to let them cool before cutting into them.
The cookie bars were a hit at the party. They were soft and every bite was a combination of chocolate and peanut butter. The Reese’s pieces also give them a nice fall color. When Matt and I left there were very few remaining in the pan. I tend to think the remaining ones did not survive as there were still quite a few people at the get together.