I have been meaning to share this recipe for weeks and I have no idea why it has taken me so long to get my act together and post about it. Well I sort of know why it has taken me so long, I have NO time! I usually do not make that excuse, it is just one of those statements I have never been too fond of, because in all truth, we all have time. That is one thing that is certain in this life, time will always be there, it will also continue to tick away, so saying you have no time defies logic. But when we are saying that, we simply mean we do not have enough time to do the things we WANT to do because we are too busy using our time up for the things we HAVE to do! So that is my excuse, I have not had enough time to get to all of the things I want to do lately; therefore, something had to give and sadly it is my baking and blogging. But now that I'm here lets chat about this scrumptious treat!First off, let me tell you, this recipe is SUPER easy and it requires just a few simple ingredients, so what's not to love! I originally saw this recipe on Martha's Cookie Of The Day blog and I starred it in my mailbox because I knew it would be a great treat to make for my husband. Since he is my number one taste tester and eats all of my "goofs," I figured this treat was the perfect way to show him my appreciation for working so hard!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Shortbread Squares:
- Vegetable oil cooking spray
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
- 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 cup powdered sugar
Beat butter with a mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add sugar, and beat until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture, beating until just incorporated. Press dough evenly into pan, prick fork over dough to prevent air bubbles when baking. Cover, and refrigerate until firm, about 20 minutes.
Use parchment to unmold shortbread from pan, and trim edges to create a square. Cream peanut butter, powdered sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Spread peanut butter muxture evenly on shortbread.
Happy Baking, Happier Eating!