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Holiday Baking

For the past few days, I haven’t felt so well.  I’ve been plagued with an extremely stuffy nose, making it hard to breathe (read: not so fun).  Unfortunately, my mom is also sick.  Except her symptoms are 3x worse than mine. 

After a quick nap today, I figured we could all use a little pick me up, so I suggested we bake something chocolaty and delicious.  My first inclination was to bake Katie’s Chocolate Chip Blondies, my favorite healthy dessert.  However, my sister had another idea – one that involved oatmeal, peanut butter, and chocolate chips.  We’d been talking about Jess’ Oatmeal Peanut Butter Squares for the past week, so we got all of our ingredients ready and started baking.

NOTE: We swapped the one tablespoon of vanilla extract in the recipe for one tablespoon of strong coffee

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Someone was a little ahead of herself!

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Out of the oven came a pan that smelled like peanut butter and looked like a giant chocolate chip cookie!  So so delicious!  These bars are dense, not overly sweet, and the perfect complement to a tall glass of milk. 

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This jar was filled to the top at some point.  Oh well, new year’s resolutions are right around the corner.