Peanut Butter Cake Bars

"This appeared in the March/April '09 issue of Taste of Home Simple & Delicious magazine. These bars are rich and thick and I decided to post the recipe here so that I could add it to my cookbook!"
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Ready In:
2 dozen




  • Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, cream the butter, peanut butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Spread mixture into a greased 13x9 baking pan. Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

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  1. Very good! I wasn't sure what to expect from these bars - a cookie or a cake bar? They came out somewhere in the middle - not as dense as most cookie bars, but not as light as a cake bar either. They were more dense in the middle - and my younger daughter did not like the crispier edges as much as the middle - but they were very good. The peanut butter flavor is more subtle than I had expected. The recipe is easy and it makes a good sized batch. I made them for a family ski trip.
  2. This was good and easy to make. I followed the recipe other then I used Splenda instead of sugar. I also only used half the chocolate chips. Mine were done in 32 minutes.
  3. I found this in March/April Simple and Delicious, and it is exactly that. A very simple easy dessert that looks like you made a large effort. You can't go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate. The only thought I had is I'd like to try this with chocolate chip kisses or peanut butter and chocolate kisses for something different. Thank you for posting this recipe!
  4. I made these yesterday and they are delicious. Moist and rich! They are an easy and yummy recipe. A keeper!
  5. Made this yesterday, and it's a very tasty cake. Thanks.


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