Sunday, September 30, 2012

Chubby Hubby Bars

I have been intrigued by the name of this recipe for a long time.  I've seen it all over the internet...Pinterest...Just a Pinch Recipe Club...Foodie Blogs, etc. etc. 
I can't tell you how much I thought about this recipe before actually making it!

One has to we feed this to our hubby's to make them chubby?

My solution to that problem?  Eat most of them myself!  
And what if I'm already chubby??? Hmmm...well, we won't go there. 

So when I saw these lovely bars at Brandie's blog The Country Cook, I just knew I was going to make my dreams come true and finally make this tasty dessert. 

Who could possibly resist that sweet and salty combo???????  NOT ME!!! 

This is a recipe being added to my 'make again' list - it's definitely a keeper.
(As all of Brandie's recipes are!) 


2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 c. unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), room temperature
1 c. packed light brown sugar
1/2 c. white sugar
2 lg. eggs
1/3 c. chunky peanut butter (optional)
1 TB. vanilla extract
1 1/4 c., semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
 1 1/2 c. chopped pretzels, divided
1/2 c. peanut butter chips

Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

Spray a 9x13 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Put pretzels in a ziploc bag, and chop them up roughly.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.

In large bowl, using a mixer, beat together butter, light brown sugar and white sugar at medium speed. Mix until combined and fluffy.

Add eggs, vanilla and peanut butter (if using).  On low speed, slowly add flour mixture just until it is incorporated into the batter.

Add 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1 cup chopped pretzels.
Stir this mixture with a spoon, batter will be very stiff.
Be sure not to overmix it.

Spread batter into baking pan. Batter will be thick.

In a small bowl, mix together remaining toppings: 1/2 cup chopped pretzels, 1/4 cup chocolate chips and 1/2 cup peanut butter chips.  Sprinkle mixture over top of batter.

Bake for about 30-35 minutes until golden brown. Cool completely before cutting into squares. (If you can possibly wait!!!)

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