Soft Decadent Bars with Peanut Butter and Cinnamon

If I had a dollar for each peanut butter and jelly sandwich, peanut butter cookie and peanut butter bar I ate in my life, I would be a very wealthy woman ! I don't think I ate anything else throughout elementary school! I love peanut butter so much that I still have a spoon of it every now and then. šŸ˜‰ And I'm very picky about the brand of peanut butter I use and how to make a peanut butter sandwich! After trying the top three brands, I stayed with my childhood favorite, Peter Pan Creamy! "Shocking mothers choose Jif" is just a catchphrase, a good one but quite brainwashing, and I found it so dry that I almost choked. Skippy was fair, ā€œmehā€, not really flavor. But Peter Pan was still the creamiest and just a little sweeter, which I personally like. Take a blind taste test, you might be surprised at the results! I'm just as picky about my peanut butter sandwiches. I rarely add jam or jelly, and I like to butter my bread first! And I'm also a little heavy with peanut butter. But we love it the way we like it! šŸ˜‰

Nothing beats a good bar of rich, dense, moist peanut butter, either! But this must be dense and moist! Not fluffy and cake there, and never ever dry. You can use crunchy peanut butter for these if you like a little crunch, but I prefer them without nuts because it takes away their smoothness. However, I added milk chocolate and caramel chips to them with wonderful results. I also covered the top with chocolate chips as soon as they came out of the oven while they were still hot. Just sprinkle them and let them melt. Once melted, spread gently like glaze with an offset knife. Then when the bars and chocolate cool down you will have a chocolate shaped top that looks like a fudge which resets firmly. Slice with a hot knife. It also works best if you line your pan with aluminum foil and remove it on a cutting board when it's cold to slice. Peel off the edges of the paper as you would for this method for brownies. Other interesting additions are coconut, raisins and mini M&M. I hope you enjoy these delicious bars as much as we do! They have a touch of cinnamon for warmth and are still just as good! Experiment with your own favorite additions and have fun!

DECADENT AND WET PEANUT BUTTER BARS with CINNAMON

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) real butter

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

2 extra large eggs

2 c. vanilla

1/2 cup flour

1 C. cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

Optional additions:

replace crunchy peanut butter

peanuts, cashews, pecans or chopped walnuts

chocolate chips, toffee or peanut butter, regular or mini

coconut

raisins

mini M & Mā€™s

mini pieces of Reeses

cups chopped chocolate peanut butter

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth. Whisk the dry ingredients in a separate small bowl to combine. Add to the butter mixture and mix until moistened. Stir in peanut butter.Spread in greased 7 x 11-inch baking dish or line with aluminum foil first. * I use cooking spray with Crisco butter. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes or until it is caught in the center. Let cool completely and cut into bars.

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