A classic recipe, easy peanut butter swirl bars have a blondie-like chewy base topped with real chocolate twisted throughout, making it a crowd favorite.
Peanut butter swirl bars are a cookie with a long history for me.
Growing up, my father was a peanut-butter fanatic (and still is), so we would make a lot of peanut-butter recipes, especially if they included chocolate. Since these bars were so easy, they were one of the first things my mom taught me to make. I made them often enough in high school that a few classmates mentioned them when signing my yearbook.
What does that say about me, that even in high school I was known for food?
Before Brian and I were officially dating and were in the “flirtation” stage, we went to a youth group function (I think it was to watch “It’s a Wonderful Life”), and I chose to bring these cookies because I had gotten so many compliments on them in the past.
I was out to impress, a-hem.
When I saw him eating one (who am I kidding, I was waiting to pounce…), I made a bee-line to the cookie table, where I asked casually, “What do you think of those?”
“Um,” he said through the bite in his mouth, “it’s kinda like a bunch of sugar and lard rolling around in my mouth.”
Yeah. That was the response I was after.
In fact, it was so far from anything I’d ever heard about these that I was speechless for a moment and then sorta laughed, “well, I made them.”
“Oh. Well, they’re good, too!”
I’ve since learned that this man basically likes two kinds of desserts: chocolate chip cookies and chocolate chip ice cream (with extra chocolate chips). On special occasions he might go for cheesecake with…you guessed it – chocolate chips.
I married him anyway.
And thankfully had kids who love these bars.
Peanut Butter Swirl Bars
To make these easy bar cookies – that may-or-may-not knock the socks off your loved ones – you’ll need peanut butter and chocolate chips plus, butter, eggs, flour, sugar (brown and white), vanilla, baking powder, and salt.
And no lard.
Like most cookies, you simply cream the peanut butter, butter, and sugars before adding eggs and vanilla before adding the dry ingredients.
Spread the dough as evenly as possible in a baking pan and then sprinkle chocolate chips all over the top. You can use any kind of chips – extra dark are our favorite.
Put the pan in a preheated oven for 5 minutes and then slide the pan out and run a knife through the melted chocolate chips to marbleize the top. This is how you get the chocolate throughout the blondie-like base.
Tip: You’ll want to thoroughly cool these bars before cutting or you will ruin the pretty top.
Chewy, peanutty and chocolatey, peanut swirl bars are SO good. And once you make them, you can decide for yourself if these cookies will impress your friends and loved ones (or soon-to-be-loved ones…).
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