I know, I know, this is definitely not even close to a traditional Christmas cookie, but we gotta mix it up every once in a while, right?!? I mean, when you get that chocolate peanut butter craving, you just gotta run with it— especially at Christmas time. (and when this happens, also make these lightened up buckeyes. you’re welcome.)
But we’ll get to these Peanut Butter Lover’s Monster Cookie Bars in a bit, because first I want to talk about my new favorite tv show.
Have you been watching This is Us???? I know, I’m totally late in the game but I’m just now binging those first 10 episodes and I am beyond HOOKED!
First of all, I just love this cast! Mandy Moore, I’m so glad you’re acting again because you are fantastic. And then of course we have Jess from Gilmore Girls, so there’s that.
And the characters are just so raw and real. I love the issues they’re tackling in this show and how the relationships are intertwined and connected. It’s so different from anything I’ve watched lately and I’m so totally in love with it!
If you aren’t watching This Is Us yet, please do! It’s totally worth it and you won’t regret starting a new show for a second. And if you are already way ahead of me, what do you think?!? I’m dying to hear!
Ok, back to cookies now— the reason we’re really here. So this recipe is actually a remake of an older recipe I posted on the blog about a year and a half ago, but I’ve tweaked it so much since then so I decided to repost my updated version. Sound good to you? K, awesome.
I started with a lightened up whole wheat flour, oatmeal, and coconut oil base, which I then proceeded to pack with peanut butter, shredded coconut, dark chocolate chips, and chunks of dark chocolate PEANUT BUTTER CUPS! Talk about chocolate peanut butter heaven.
These bars come out chewy, soft, and chocolatey— with just that perfect bit of crunch from the shredded coconut and oats. When I last baked these, we made them extra decadent by piling on a scoop of vanilla ice cream, kind of like a cookie sundae, and it was literally my dream dessert!
So of course I recommend doing the same 😉
Enjoy your Wednesday everyone— and make it even better with a mid-week baking sesh!