Thursday, December 24, 2009

Abby's favorite: Chocolate peanut butter bars

Abby and Adam are our dear friends who live too darn far away (San Diego). Adam is one of Jeremy's best friends, and he was the best man at our wedding. He and Jeremy talk like schoolgirls on the phone often about the Jets, Mets and Wildcats. Abby is a wonderful friend and mom - a teacher by profession, she is calm, patient and extremely creative. Some of my favorite memories with them are walking around San Francisco, savoring an affogato from North Beach; their beautiful wedding and sharing many other of our friends' weddings; and them traveling to Chicago to surprise Jeremy for his 30th birthday. Here is one of her favorite recipes that her mom makes.

Chocolate peanut butter bars
cup peanut butter
6 T. butter, softened
1 1/4 c. sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, beat peanut butter and butter. Add sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Blend in flour and salt. Hand stir 1 c. chocolate chips into the mixture. Spead into ungreased 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Bake 25-30 mins until edges begin to brown. Immediately, sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips. Let stand 5 mins until chips are shiny. Spread evenly over top. Cool completely. Cut into bars.

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