chocolate + peanut butter = serious L.O.V.E.

last night i made the trip into raleigh for dinner with some ladies that i used to see every single day but sadly don’t anymore. we used to all work together and i loved going to work. i love it. i have never worked with an all women staff before where we all just “fit.” no drama. no clicks. just love and lots of laughter.

it was a potluck dinner. between my celiac food allergy, a couple vegetarians, and some weight watcher folks, the meals people were emailing that they were bringing were so very healthy. a lentil spinach dish, roasted root vegetables (hello parsnips, i have never had you before and i think i may love you!), a green bean and tomato salad with feta, northern bean hummus with raw veggies. seriously. it was amazing. every bite was so delicious! but with all that healthy, good for you food, i put myself in charge of dessert.

i made oatmeal raisin cookies. that was my attempt at healthy dessert. they turned out good. i added nuts, raisins, and cranberries. it was my first time used my silpat mat and i loved it!! my cookies have never been so even cooked and yummy!

i then wanted to splurge. hmmm i looked around my pantry (holla!) and found my inspiration. chocolate and peanut butter. my most favorite combination.

chocolate peanut butter bars.
or they could just be called yum.

6 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 c natural chunky peanut butter
1 c sugar
1/4 c light brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 c flour, (i used my gluten free all purpose flour)
1/4 tsp coarse salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 c chocolate chips, milk chocolate is what i used
chocolate icing (more gluten free goodness)

- preheat oven to 350. lightly grease an 8 x 8″ pan.
- whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder. set aside in bowl.
- cream the butter and peanut butter together until smooth. beat in the sugars until combined.
- add the eggs, one at a time, making sure they are fulling incorporated. stir in the vanilla.
- stir in the flour mixture. add the chocolate chips, stirring until combined.
- spread the batter into the prepared pan. bake for about 30- 35 minutes.
- cool completely before icing. put in refrigerator for 20 mins. to firm up the icing.
- cut into squares and try not to eat them all before serving them to your guests.

let me know if you try these out! i love hearing your feedback.