Monday, 19 May 2014

Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

I am a little behind my on my recipes this month... It was my birthday last Monday and things have been a bit hectic all week! Plus, I have been sharing recipes on Jade Bakes for a whole year today! How time flies!
To celebrate, I'm sharing with your a recipe for some very moreish peanut butter cookie bars; another of the tray bakes I made for my sister's house warming party last month. The white chocolate frosting is also a dream - you can use it to top cakes, dip cookies or if you leave it to cool, you could even make truffles from it!

170g unsalted butter
150g soft brown sugar
100g caster sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
1tsp vanilla essence
250g plain flour
100g peanut butter, smooth or crunchy
For the frosting:
100g butter
200g icing sugar
100g white chocolate, melted

Pre-heat your oven to 180c and line a deep sided baking tray with greaseproof paper.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until it's light and fluffy. Add the egg, egg yolk and vanilla and give it another good mix before tipping in the flour and peanut butter. Use your hand to work the mix into a dough and knead it around the bowl for a few minutes until it all comes together

Tip the dough into your prepared tray and press it down with your hands, pushing it up to the edges. Try to keep the top as level as possible.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, until it's just starting to turn golden around the edges, but is still soft to the touch. Leave it to cool a in the tray while you make the frosting.

In a clean bowl, cream together the butter and icing sugar to make a smooth buttercream. Add the melted white chocolate and give it a good mix; it will turn creamy.
Pour the frosting over the cooled cookie mix and spread up to the edges. Leave it to set in the tray for a couple of hours before removing and cutting into bars.

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