Thursday, September 27, 2018

Peanut Butter Cup Bars & A Nielsen-Massey Giveaway

By: The Food Hunter

When your friends at Nielsen-Massey send you a bottle of their amazing Pure Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla you must bake something extra special! Produced from premium beans and cultivated in Madagascar it is the highest quality of vanilla you can find. Of course the extract can be used in any recipe that calls for vanilla, but I like to save Nielsen-Massey for my best desserts.

Which brings us to these decadent Peanut Butter Cup Bars. A co-worker recently celebrated a birthday and it was suggested that I bring her in dessert. Since I know how much she loves peanut butter cups I thought I would feature them in the dessert along with the vanilla. And hence these bars were born.

Loaded with creamy peanut butter, chocolate chips and peanut butter cups, these bars were a HUGE hit at the office. Give them a won't be disappointed.

****Want to try Nielsen-Massey Vanilla for yourself? Head over to Instagram and enter the giveaway****

Peanut Butter Cup Bars
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 egg
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon Nielsen-Masssey vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, plus more for sprinkling on top
approximately 25 miniature peanut butter cups

Preheat oven to 350F. Line the bottom of a 9-by-9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, coat sides with butter and set aside.

Melt butter, pour into a large bowl and allow to cool slightly. When ready whisk in the egg,
peanut butter, brown sugar, and vanilla.

Add the flour and stir until just combined, don’t overmix. Add 1/2 cup mini chips and stir to combine.

Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula. Evenly distribute the peanut butter cups over the surface of the batter, pushing each cup down as far as it will go. Sprinkle  with the additional chocolate chips.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the bars to cool in the pan for at least 1 hour before slicing and serving.

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