Grab a glass of milk (or whatever you’re drinking!) and get ready because these bars have a whole cup of stick-to-your-mouth peanut butter! These cookie bars are my first attempt at a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie, but when the cookies didn’t spread – so. much. peanut butter. – I decided to press the dough into a baking dish and make cookie bars instead! These bars are soft, dense, and filling. They’re full of peanut butter flavor, and the chocolate chips add this extra bit of richness that makes these bars totally irresistible. I opted to use spelt flour, along with all-purpose flour, in these bars to bring in a slight bit of nuttiness. If you don’t have spelt flour available, all-purpose will work just fine as a substitute. Happy baking!
Peanut Butter Spelt Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Makes 12 bars
1/2 cup coconut oil, solid
3/4 cup coconut sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup natural peanut butter, unsweetened + unsalted
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp spelt flour*
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips + more for topping (optional)
1.) Preheat oven to 350℉ and prepare an 8×8″ baking dish with parchment paper – leave a bit of an overhang so you can easily pull the giant bar out of the baking dish once it cools. I also like to spray the exposed sides with olive oil.
2.) In a large bowl, use a stand mixer or handheld mixer to cream together the coconut oil and coconut sugar. Beat in the egg, then the vanilla, and then the peanut butter.
3.) In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet and stir together with a wooden spoon, leaving a few flour streaks. Stir in the chocolate chips.
4.) Firmly press cookie dough into prepared baking dish, using a flat measuring cup or your hands. Top with extra chocolate chips, pressing each chip a bit into the dough. Bake at 350℉ for 15-25 minutes. Allow cookie bar to cool before removing from the dish and slicing up to serve.
*if you don’t have spelt flour available, all-purpose will work just fine
NOTE: for cookies, omit the chocolate chips. Scoop cookies onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and press down with a fork, making a criss-cross pattern. Bake at 350℉ for around 6 minutes.