Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars Star in Holiday Cookie Class

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Prep 15 mins  Bake 20 mins  Chill 30 mins  Eat 65 mins

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars were one of the eight cookie recipes we made at our 11th annual Holiday Cookie Baking Class. I love this class. This year we had 12 young bakers and even more adults to bake our 1000 cookies. There was a lot of work to get done, but everyone was up to the task. A little holiday music and the creative energy created in this class is what keeps me and everyone else going. Take a look at how much fun we had.

Krista and Kimberly on separate teams came prepared to bake - red aprons and all.

Krista and Kimberly on separate teams came prepared to bake – red aprons and all.

Krista and Kimberly were very serious about their tasks as bakers.  The cookies were beautiful.  Take a look below.

Peppermint Crescents

Peppermint Crescents

Cranberry, Orange, Walnut Cookies

Cranberry, Orange, Walnut Cookies

Cocoa Linzer Cookies

Cocoa Linzer Cookies

The young bakers work the Sugar Cookie assembly line.

The young bakers work the Sugar Cookie assembly line.

 

Our 2015 Holiday Cookie Baking team.

Our 2015 Holiday Cookie Baking team.

After three hours of throwing flour around, the nearly 1000 cookies were beautifully displayed on the big table, but it didn’t take long for them to disappear into the cookie tins and containers.

A sampling of the eight cookies made in our 2015 Holiday Cookie Baking Class.

A sampling of the eight cookies made in our 2015 Holiday Cookie Baking Class.

My cookie container shows a sampling of what everyone took home.

My cookie tray of Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars next to the Los Angeles Times article promoting our class.

My cookie tray of Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars next to the Los Angeles Times article promoting our class.

The Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars were one of my favorites that we made.  You can make these in a flash and everyone seemed to love them.

Three generations of cookie bakers.

Three generations of cookie bakers.

This is why I love to organize this class.  It brings together young and old.  Even a young baker in the making.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars #3563 12-14 550Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Cookie Layer
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar firmly packed
1 egg
2 teaspoons  vanilla
2 cups   flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
Chocolate Layer
3 Tablespoons butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup coffee
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
12 ounces chocolate chips

1. Heat oven to 350°.  Grease a 15  x 10  x 1 baking sheet and set aside.

2. Beat 3/4 cup butter with the brown sugar in a mixing bowl. Add egg and vanilla and continue beating until mixture is smooth.  Add in flour and salt and mix with the mixer or by hand just until incorporated.  Using an offset spatula, spread the mixture into the baking sheet almost to the edge.  It will be a thin layer.

3. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.  Let cool slightly.

4. Stir together 3 Tablespoons butter, the coffee, peanut butter and powdered sugar in a saucepan on low heat.   Once mixture is melted and smooth, add chocolate chips.  Stir and let chocolate melt into the mixture until completely melted.  Remove from heat immediately and spread chocolate mixture onto cookie layer.  Spread with an offset spatula until the cookie layer is completely covered.

5. Cool in the refrigerator until set.  Once chocolate has hardened, remove from refrigerator and cut into 1 1/2″ squares. 6 rows of 10 pieces, giving you 60 cookies.  (If it is in the refrigerator too long, you may have to let it sit out for awhile before cutting) Remove from baking sheet with a small spatula.

Servings: 60   90 calories each

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Inactive Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour and 5 minutes

Oven Temperature: 350°F

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