Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookie Bars with Peanut Butter Frosting for #CookieWeek

The Bug loves cookies.  The Bug loves chocolate.  The Bug loves peanut butter.  The Bug also has no attention span.  So for Mama Monday and the kickoff of #CookieWeek, the perfect recipe for he and I to make together – Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookie Bars with Peanut Butter Frosting!

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Welcome to #cookieweek my little cookie monsters! Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen and Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic have joined together this week with 23 of their blog friends to present to you a week of cookie treats! We have every type of cookie you can think of listed this week, including something for our furry friends! Now is the time to bookmark these recipes for the upcoming holidays and cookie swaps or simply visit our Pinterest board!  Make sure you enter the giveaway with some fabulous prizes from KitchenAid, King Arthur Flour, OXO, Silpat and Zulka Pure Cane Sugar to help with your cookie making needs!

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Last year I told you about The Bug’s issues with baking, and why instead of the more detail oriented drop cookies or cut out cookies, we opt for Sugar Cookie Bars.  Well this year I wanted to come up with a new version.  And since it is something he and I do together, I wanted to use some of his favorite ingredients.  And while I rave up and down about how much he likes things like cauliflower and broccoli and salmon, but really, all he wants is chocolate chips and peanut butter.

One time.  ONE TIME The Hubby made him a waffle with peanut butter and chocolate chips on top for breakfast, and now he asks for it all the time.  Much to his disappointment, he gets a bowl of yogurt and fruit or some oatmeal.  Sorry kid.

But, you know, cookies are a special treat, and I mainly only bake cookies for Christmas, so Christmas Cookies are a really special treat.  Since these are destined for the freezer till closer to Christmas, they are, technically, Christmas Cookies!  So I figured I’d turn plain old Sugar Cookie Bar in to The Bug’s Ultimate Sugar Cookie Bar – which naturally meant chocolate chips and peanut butter frosting!!

And of course his favorite part – sprinkling some mini chips and sprinkles on top!  OK, I lied.  His favorite part is eating them.

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A quick note – you’ll notice some of mine look a little doughier.  I think my oven is heating unevenly, but to tell you the truth, I kinda love underdone cookies!

Look how seriously he takes his sprinkling duties!  And how proud he was of the finished product!  (Really he was just trying to get close enough to take a bite of what he thought was one giant cookie all for him.  He did get to sample one or two, but the rest are now frozen till late December!

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Now enough about my kid and cookies.  You want to know about that Giveaway…

We have an amazing  giveaway lined up this week thanks to our fabulous sponsors, KitchenAid, OXO, King Arthur Flour, Silpat and Zulka Pure Cane Sugar.

Four lucky winners will win one of the following:

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This giveaway is open to US residents from November 11, 2013 through November 16, 2013 11:59pm EST and will be picked from random draw.  The winners will be notified via email and have 72 hours to respond, if not their prize is forfeited and another winner will be chosen.

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Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookie Bars with Peanut Butter Frosting for #CookieWeek
 
An easy recipe to make with the kids, the addition of chocolate chips and peanut butter frosting make basic sugar cookie bars more fun and yummy!
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Recipe type: Cookies, Bars, Dessert
Serves: 6-7 dozen
Ingredients
For the cookies:
  • 5 c flour
  • 1 t salt
  • ½ t baking soda
  • 1 c (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 c light brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 t vanilla
  • 1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Peanut Butter Frosting (see below), or whatever frosting you like
  • Optional sprinkles, mini chocolate chips or peanut butter cups, etc.
For the frosting:
  • ½ c (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 c creamy peanut butter
  • 2 c powdered sugar
  • 2-3 T milk
Instructions
For the cookies:
  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F and grease or line a 13×18 inch baking pan with parchment paper (I use the parchment to make them easier to remove).
  2. Sift or whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Combine the butter and sugars in a large bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer and cream with stand mixed or hand mixer until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition.
  5. Add the vanilla and mix well.
  6. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture to the wet mixture, mixing until just combined.
  7. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  8. Spread the dough on the prepared pan (I spray a spatula and sometimes my hand with cooking spray to do this).
  9. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until lightly golden and a toothpick comes out clean (it won’t look done, so use the toothpick test).
  10. Cool completely, then frost and decorate as desired.
  11. Cut into small squares.
For the frosting:
  1. Beat together the butter and peanut butter until light and fluffy.
  2. Reduce speed to low and gradually add the powdered sugar.
  3. Increase mixer speed, and add milk, 1 T at a time, to achieve desired consistency.
  4. Beat until light and fluffy.
Notes
Sugar Cookie Bars adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything
Peanut Butter Frosting is from The Real Housemoms

Disclaimer: KitchenAid, OXO, King Arthur Flour, Silpat and Zulka Pure Cane are providing the prizes free of charge.  All opinions stated are my own.

Enjoy!

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Do you love chocolate and peanut butter as much as The Bug?  I’ve got you covered.

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Comments

  1. says

    I’d have that big grin on my face too if I was staring at that big pan of cookie bars like the bug! Wow these just look insanely good. I’ll take a dozen. :-)

  2. Jennifer D. says

    I love to make date skillet cookies. My grandma used to make them and no one ever brings them so here are no duplicates.

      • Jennifer D. says

        Here you go! No idea where she got the recipe but this is how I find it on my computer :)
        Enjoy!
        Jeanne Bruffy Gerber’s Date Skillet Cookies

        1 C butter or margarine
        1 C. brown sugar
        1 ½ C. pitted, chopped dates
        1 tbsp. vanilla
        1 egg, well beaten and at room temp
        3 C. crispy rice cereal
        About 3 C. shredded coconut

        Cook butter, sugar, salt, and dates over low heat until pasty, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool or you will cook the egg. then add vanilla, egg. Mix well. Return to low heat and cook for 2 minutes. Cool a little, then add cereal. After mixture has cooled so you can handle it with your hands, form into 1 inch balls and roll in coconut. Store in
        air-tight container.

  3. Nicole Palmer says

    I like to bake chocolate ginger bread men/women – the kids like them and I found a really easy and yummy recipe for them.

  4. says

    Those are some precious photos and story, Brianne <3 Makes me miss my great-nephew who is currently in Qatar. Through the changing decades of life and growing up of many nieces and nephews, sprinkles, chocolate and PB do seem to be a constant favorite!

  5. tracy says

    My favorite cookie to back with the kids is the candy cane sugar cookies with red and white dough twisted in the shape of a cane. The kids love to help!

  6. says

    My oven can be a little bit like that sometimes too, Brianne, so I try to remember to rotate the pan part the way through. “Try” being the operative word. :) Your little helper is so cute! This summer I baked with my little six-year-old nieces and I think more sprinkles went in mouths than on cupcakes or sugar cookies. :)

    I love your cookies bars with that peanut butter frosting! Bars are so much quicker to bake too.

  7. Laurie says

    My favorite cookie to make for Christmas is krumkake. That’s a scandinavian cookie you make with a special pan on the stove top. The cookies come out flat and you roll them around a dowel, so they’re cone shaped. I feel connected to my Grandma when I make them!

  8. Sharon says

    My favorite cookie to make for the holidays or anytime is Sugar Cookies! I love that you can use cookie cutters and decorate accordingly for any holiday with Sugar Cookies!

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