Hi friends– Don’t ask me how this recipe got the quirky name –Squirrel Bars. This recipe is an old favorite and dear to my heart because it came from my beloved Aunt Mary Ann. Maybe the squirrels in my yard would like them– all those peanuts!
And I’m pretty sure you would like them too. Quick to make and delicious as the best kind of peanut butter-chocolate cookie.
1/2 cup peanut butter*
1/3 cup butter (2/3 stick)
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/3 cup chocolate chips (8 oz.)
With an electric mixer beat together the peanut butter, butter, brown sugar, white sugar, eggs and vanilla. Then blend in the flour, baking powder and salt.
Spread the thick dough in to a 9″x 13″ baking dish** that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Sprinkle on the chocolate chips and put the baking dish into a 350 degree oven for just 3 minutes!!
Take the squirrel bars out of the oven and swirl the melted chocolate chips into the top of the batter. Pop it back into the oven for 20 more minute until the bars are cooked through.
Let the squirrel bars cool a few minutes before you cut them into bars– delicious with a scoop of ice cream!
*I like super chunky peanut butter — the little peanuts add a nice texture.
**In these pictures I made just half of a recipe and cooked it up in a 9″ pie dish and cut it into wedges.