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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars

Dense and peanut-buttery with chunks of chocolate chips. I ask you--what could be bad? These scrumptious bars bake up in no time and are truly delicious.
Course Desserts
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12 bars


  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat peanut butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla
  • pinch of Kosher salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup milk chcoloate chips
  • baking spray
  • Confectioner's sugar for dusting (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 x 8 pan with foil and spray generously with non-stick baking spray. Set aside.
  2. Add melted butter to large bowl. Allow butter to cool for a few minutes. Add in beaten egg, vanilla, peanut butter and brown sugar and mix well. Add in flour and a pinch of Kosher salt.
  3. If using cherries and/or nuts, add them in. Stir in the semi sweet and milk chocolate chips. Pour into prepared pan and smooth top with a spatula. Sprinkle additional chips over top if desired. Bake for 25 minutes.
  4. Cool on wire rack or in fridge for at least an hour before cutting into bars. Dust with Confectioner's sugar if desired.