Friday, December 18, 2009

Peanut Butter Tart Squares

I mentioned in an earlier post that I made about 33 dozen cookies this year, and this simple but totally decadent recipe was one of them. It's like a pecan tart, only with peanuts, and on a peanut butter cookie crust. These are not too sweet, surprisingly enough considering the corn syrup content. I got the recipe from this year's Bakefest insert that came in the December issue of Canadian Living, and I doubled it and used a 9x13" pan.

Peanut Butter Tart Squares

Base:
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup corn starch
1/4 tsp salt

Topping:
1/2 cup corn syrup
2 tbsp corn starch
1/4 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
2 tbsp butter, melted & cooled
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup unsalted roasted peanuts
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1. Beat butter, peanut butter, and sugar in a bowl until creamy. Stir in flour, cornstarch, and salt until well combined and crumbly. Press into 8" pan lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350F for 12 - 15 minutes, or until pale golden around the edges. Set aside.

2. For the topping, stir together corn syrup, corn starch, baking powder, and salt until smooth. Stir in butter, eggs, and vanilla until well-blended. Pour over crust. Sprinkle peanuts, peanut butter and chocolate chips over the top.

3. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until golden and just set in the middle. Let cool completely in pan on rack. Cut into squares. This was probably my favourite out of this year's batch of baking. I just love peanut butter and chocolate together, and these squares totally satisfy that craving!

So, here are this year's cookies:

Two-Tone Chocolate Shortbread
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Shortbread
Mini Mincemeat Tarts
Pecan Dulce de Leche Sandwich Cookies
Christmas Blondies
Pecan Cookies
Oatmeal, Cranberry, and White Chocolate Chip Cookies
and these squares

Not bad, eh?

15 comments:

Donna-FFW said...

These look fantastic, what a great round up of cookies, no not bad at all, quite impressive actually.

Future Grown-Up said...

Give me a few minutes to stop drooling and I'll be able to post a witty comment about these delectable squares

highlandsranchfoodie said...

These look really really good. Will be saving this recipe. Thanks for the post.

Natashya Kitchen Puppies said...

Mmm, pb and chocolate are such a classic pairing. Delicious!

A Year on the Grill said...

not bad at all... I made three cookie recipes, and I am all cookied out. Can't imagine.

Thanks for the review of the recipe... I love the combination (reese's cup) of Chocolate and peanut butter. Gonna give these a shot soon

Kim said...

33 dozen cookies - WOW! That is really baking it up! Peanut butter and chocolate is the best combo ever, sounds delicious!

Bob said...

Holy crap, that's a lot of cookies! The squares look wicked good, I also love pb and chocolate.

Pierce said...

It must have taken you forever to bake that many cookies! Love the chocolate and peanut butter combo. Like Reeses cups...my fav.

Van said...

Really, more and more the things you are making are... well... things I could eat just about every day.

Thank god you are not in my kitchen as I'd just pork out!

I could also see these packed and wrapped individually and sold at coffee shops. ;-)

Chris said...

Now that is one heck of a chocolate chip cookie, I'd hate to see the glass of milk;)

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

These look incredibly delicious! I just love PB and Chocolate baked goodies!

Tia said...

are these cakey? dense? thx

Wandering Coyote said...

Tia: no, they are not cakey, but they are dense. Like a thick pecan pie filling.

girlichef said...

These sound great, I love pb & chocolate together, too. And 33 dozen..wowza..I've just cracked the single dozen mark. Ugh...need motivation.

Palidor said...

Those look awesome! You can't go wrong with a peanut butter base and more peanut flavor on top.

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