This past week had me traveling with my two littlest cubs to New York City. And let me tell you, those girls can eat. So, I decided to bake a treat for the train. Four hours on a train isn’t much when you are an adult, but when you are a kid it’s an eternity. My game plan was to bring lots of activities to keep them busy and food to keep them munching. Munching children are quiet children.
My girls are definitely sweet lovers. But I’m more of a savory sweet girl. So, for this dessert I baked up the best of two worlds. Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars. Peanut butter blondies with chunks of chocolate for the girls and salty pretzels for myself. And the best part? Peanut butter makes people thirsty which keeps them quiet even longer.
In the end, my plan failed. There were tons of “are we there yets?” even though they consumed their fair share of bars. But that’s to be expected with wee little folk. And my plan backfired even further. Want to know what happens when kids drink their body weight in milk? Yup, you guessed it… they need to use the potty. Many many times. Life is full of lessons.
- 2 cups flour
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 10 Tbsp butter, softened
- 1 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1¾ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups pretzels
- ½ cup peanut butter morsels
- 4 Hershey Bars, broken into chunks (1.55 oz each bar)
- Preheat oven to 350º. Grease a 9×9 pan.
- In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix well. Set aside.
- In a stand mixer, beat together butter, peanut butter, brown sugar and vanilla. Beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Add each egg one at a time and beat until incorporated.
- Fold the pretzels, peanut butter morsels and chocolate chunks into the batter by hand.
- Pour batter out into greased baker. Bake at 350º for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.