Rich treats offer winning combo

The Baltimore Sun

Lois Berg of Baltimore was looking for a recipe for a cookie bar made with chocolate and peanut butter. Judy Markowitz of Catonsville sent a recipe she has had for more than 25 years for Peanut Butter Swirl Bars. She says, "Everyone loves these and many ask for the recipe." Once you taste one of these it's easy to see why. They are rich, yummy and pretty and, as always, the combination of peanut butter and chocolate is a winner.

Peanut Butter Swirl Bars

Makes about 24 bars

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/3 cup softened butter

3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

one 12-ounce package chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine peanut butter, softened butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar; beat with a fork until creamy. Gradually beat in eggs and vanilla.

In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt and blend into peanut-butter mixture. Spread batter (it will be rather thick) into a greased 12-inch-by-9-inch pan and sprinkle the chocolate chips over the surface. Place in oven for 5 minutes or until chips are melted. Remove pan from oven and run a knife through the batter to marbleize.

Return to oven and bake for 30 minutes. Let cool before cutting into squares.

Per serving: 198 calories, 3 grams protein, 10 grams fat, 5 grams saturated fat, 27 grams carbohydrate, 1 gram fiber, 24 milligrams cholesterol, 74 milligrams sodium

RECIPE REQUESTS

Florence Belton of Baltimore is trying to find a recipe for oatmeal bread or oatmeal cake.

Felecia Lewis of Baltimore is looking for a recipe for an upside-down chocolate walnut cake. She thinks it may have been published in a McCall's or Good Housekeeping magazine about 10 years ago.

If you are looking for a hard-to-find recipe or can answer a request, write to Julie Rothman, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278, or e-mail recipefinder@ baltsun.com. If you send more than one recipe, put each on a separate piece of paper or attachment with your name, address and daytime phone number. Names and addresses must accompany recipes to be published. Letters may be edited for clarity.

The nutrition analyses accompanying recipes in today's Taste section were calculated by registered dietitian Jodie Shield, except where noted.

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