Sunday, June 20, 2010

I spent the weekend clearing out cabinets and drawers, baking, and knitting. First the baking -- because everything's better with chocolate! These are Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bars from Better Homes & Gardens.
I couldn't find the link, so here' the recipe:
3/4 c butter, softened | 1 c packed brn sugar | 1 egg | 2 t vanilla | 1/2 t salt | 2 c flour | 1 pkg semi-sweet chips | 3 T butter | 1/4 c hot strong coffee | 1/4 c peanut butter | 1 c powdered sugar

Heat oven to 350. Grease 15 x 10 x 1 pan. Make cookie base: Beat 3/4 c butter of butter on medium for 30 seconds. Add brn sugar and beat until combined. Add egg, vanilla and salt; beat until combined. Same with flour. Spread over prepared pan. Bake ~20 minutes. Cool completely.

For frosting: combine chips and butter in small pan and stir until chocolate melts. Remove from heat and stir in coffee and peanut butter. Whisk in powdered sugar. Spread over cookie base.

I put them in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to harden before cutting into bars. Crunchy, buttery and just a little peanuty. Very good! And now for the knitting:
My cabled sweater is almost finished. Wrong season, but I'm just happy to have made so much progress. One sleeve left to sew, the border to crochet and that's it! On a less-pleasant, but certainly satisfying, note, I made progress with the de-cluttering.
Our new goal is to have the house ready to list in early July. This is so much work. I would much rather hang out by the pool!


  1. wow, sweater looks great! and yum to the bars! you have been busy. Can't wait to catch up. amy

  2. The bars look great and getting organized always feels great. Have a great week!