Oreo Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars

I received an e-mail at work last week letting me know that my manager had scheduled training for Friday, the 16th. My first thought was “ughhhh, training on Friday??? Seriously???” I mean, who wants to sit through an all day class on a Friday, on business writing nonetheless? I don’t know about you, but my Friday’s are usually a heads down, catch-up day. I try to avoid meetings, not only because my brain can’t handle them anymore, but because I need a day to just do some less “thinky” or interactive type tasks. That’s not to say I don’t work hard, but I just focus on the stuff that I know how to do really well….and catch up on things I couldn’t get to during the week.

My plans for Friday, the 16th, were clearly foiled.

I read a little further in the note and even though it was a course in business writing the course was by Franklin Covey. My interest piqued a bit. I put things in perspective and realized that this might actually be a good training session.  Not only might it help my business writing out, but also my blog writing. Ok. Plus, I get to come into the office to see my co-workers which is always fun.  Even if it is a Friday.

I’m glad that I kept an open mind, because it was an awesome class. If you ever get to take one of their writing classes I highly recommend it. Our trainer was awesome. She reminded me of a funny and down to earth college professor who actually had some background in business. We received a Franklin Covey Style Guide which we all a few of us geekier students wanted to go home and read with a glass of wine that night. This book touches on and answers so many of the questions you have ever had about writing and grammar.

I came home that night and tried to express my excitement over my new-found skills for using active vs. passive voice and parallelism with Jim. I know he was trying to feign excitement but I was having a hard time competing with the grill and a cold beer.

He did, however, get excited about these Peanut Butter Oreo Chocolate Chip Blondies. So will you. Enjoy!

This recipe is very slightly adapted from Picky Palate.  She is a great source and creator of some wonderful Oreo recipes.

Oreo Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars
 
Ingredients
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour (I used half all-purpose and half white whole wheat (King Arthur)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 cups Oreos cut into chunks

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease an 8X8 inch pan. You can line the pan with foil and then spray if you want to make it easier to remove the bars from the pan.
  2. In a small bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt. Mix with a whisk to get everything combined.
  3. In a mixing bowl cream the butter and sugars until very well combined. Add peanut butter and continue to mix for another minute. Add egg and vanilla and mix for one more minute. Carefully add the dry mixture and mix until just combined. Do not overmix..
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips and Oreos and combine until evenly distributed throughout your batter.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the top is a nice golden brown. Allow to cool before cutting into squares. Enjoy!

 

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