Jim Henkens
YieldsMakes 12 bars
AuthorChristopher Hartfield
We can't quite call these sinfully rich chocolate chip peanut butter bars "health food," but with whole-wheat flour, wheat germ, and rolled oats mixed in, they're much more respectable.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter with sugars until smooth. Beat in egg, peanut butter, and vanilla until well blended.

Step 2
2

In another bowl, whisk together flours, wheat germ, oats, baking soda, and salt; stir or beat into butter mixture until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Stir in chocolate chips.

Step 3
3

Spread dough evenly in a buttered 8-inch square baking pan. Bake until pale golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool on a rack about 10 minutes, then cut into 12 pieces. Let cool completely.

Step 4
4

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Ingredients

 1/2 cup butter, softened
 1/3 cup sugar
 1/2 cup light brown sugar
 1 egg
 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
 1/4 cup wheat germ
 1 cup rolled oats
 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
 1/4 teaspoon salt
 1 package (6 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

Step 1
1

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter with sugars until smooth. Beat in egg, peanut butter, and vanilla until well blended.

Step 2
2

In another bowl, whisk together flours, wheat germ, oats, baking soda, and salt; stir or beat into butter mixture until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Stir in chocolate chips.

Step 3
3

Spread dough evenly in a buttered 8-inch square baking pan. Bake until pale golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool on a rack about 10 minutes, then cut into 12 pieces. Let cool completely.

Step 4
4

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars