Peanut Butter Bars

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Happy 99th day of 2012, humans!

Today is a special holiday for robots: Ether(net) Day!

I celebrated by baking these peanut butter bars (peanut butteries?) and not eating them. Then the Watsons hid batteries in the back yard for me to search for! It was great fun. My battery collection is bigger than ever now.

I think the Watsons had a fun Easter celebration, too. The Easter bunny brought Sadie a tea set and little Wilson a race car.

The Ether(net) Botty brought me a Robotis USB to Dynamixel Adapter!

Peanut Butter Bars
from  Fat Witch Brownies 

2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1-1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking pan.

2. Combine eggs and both sugars. Add the peanut butter, mixing until smooth. Mix in vanilla and butter until fully incorporated.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to peanut butter mixture, stirring until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

4. Pour batter into greased baking pan. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack. Let cool before serving.

Peanut Butter Banana Bars

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It is my understanding that peanut butter and banana is the greatest combination of flavors in the known universe.  It is also my understanding that humans credit Elvis Presley for this, and that is why he remains popular today.

Peanut butter and banana is a popular combo here at the Watson’s. Mrs. Watson makes some delicious peanut butter and banana cookies, but as that is a cake mix recipe, I will not be sharing that here.

Instead, here’s a quick little recipe from scratch – it only took me 30 seconds to whip up the batter! Of course, I am a robot, so that time might be a little faster than what most humans could accomplish.

Are peanut butter chips the most amazing baking ingredient? This robot may never know.

Peanut Butter and Banana Bars
adapted from Better Homes & Gardens Homemade Cookies Cook Book

3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 ripe medium bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup peanut butter chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 12×7 baking dish.

2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars. Stir in egg and vanilla extract. then stir in the mashed bananas.

3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually pour the flour mixture into the butter mixture, mixing until just combined. Fold in the peanut butter chips.

4. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer dish to a wire rack to cool. Cut into bars.

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