Wednesday, March 1, 2017


What kind of a cook are you? Do you follow a recipe exactly or do you use it as a starting place and make it your own? Maybe the latter is a little extreme and you generally follow a recipe but might leave out ingredients (like I do with onions and peppers) or add a few especially spices? 

Almost before I was ready for it, Monday came and I found myself trying to find something to bake and take to Hillcrest Thrift Shop on Tuesday when I went in the "work" my usual shift at the register downstairs. Earlier in the day my husband and I had gone down there "to look around" while I got a record of trips I had made in 2016 for tax purposes. Not seeing him anywhere, I decided to drop in the book room and see if I could find anything for my grandchildren. Friend Jean came in with a cart full of books to put out and we started talking. I noticed the books were cookbooks and you can probably guess where I am going with this. I ended up buying 3 cookbooks and 1 book for my grandchildren. 

The good news was I found a recipe in one of them that I thought I would make and bring on Tuesday. The recipe called Easy Butterscotch Bars and called for butterscotch chips. I thought I had some but when I looked in my pantry, I didn't. What I did have though were peanut butter chips. Not having any other recipe that sounded exciting to me, I decided to just use the peanut butter chips instead.

Results? A deliciously tasting Peanut Butter Bar. Imagine a peanut butter cookie, but more moist, and more cakelike. That's what I came up with. I was a little concerned when I was mixing them up when I realized there was no baking powder, baking soda, or salt in them. When I mentioned this to Volunteer Betty yesterday, she asked me if there were eggs in the recipe. I told her, "three". She said they took the place of the leveling agents. I didn't know that. Guess you are never too old to learn something new. She reminded me that brownie recipes often won't contain those ingredients but will contain eggs.


1        12 - oz pkg peanut butter chips
1        cup butter (2 sticks)
1/2    cup brown sugar, packed
1/2    cup sugar
3       eggs
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2       cups flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13 - inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Melt peanut butter chips in microwave, heating on High in 20 - second intervals, stirring after each interval until most chips have melted. Continue to stir to melt rest. (It took me 2 times to melt them.)

Soften butter in microwave
and add to melted chips.
Mix well.

Add sugars, eggs, and vanilla; mixing well.

Slowly blend in flour.

Spread batter in pan and bake for 40 minutes.

Cool in pan on wire rack.

Cut into squares.

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