Chocolate + Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

Have you guys seen The Doubleclicks* video Nothing to Prove? If not, here it is.


I felt a couple of different things after watching it. First I felt happy that they made the video. It’s got such a great message.

Then I felt kind of upset that there are STILL people who think that a girl can’t really be into geeky things JUST BECAUSE SHE’S A GIRL. Seriously? *sigh* C’mon people. Grow the heck up. We’re all in this together. How many of us have been teased, ridiculed, or bullied by others who don’t understand how awesome being a geek is? Why do we feel the need to attack each other? And solely based on the fact that we’ve got different bits?

The areas of nerd-dom are quite vast and varied. There is no geek who will like or be knowledgeable about every single thing within it. And those who are calling into question other people’s level of fanaticism or labeling someone as a “Fake Geek Girl”, please stop. You’re just making yourself look like an ass.

One last piece of advice: Follow Wheaton’s Law and be kind to your fellow nerds.

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Chocolate + Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

Yield: 24 cookie bars


  • Cookie Batter
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup bittersweet or chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
  • Peanut Butter Filling
  • ¼ cup (half a stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 ¼ cups powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. For the filling:
  3. Cream butter and peanut butter for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add powdered sugar a little at a time while mixing with a hand mixer. Once all sugar is incorporated, beat for 1-2 minutes more.
  5. Add vanilla and milk. Beat for another minute.
  6. For the cookie dough:
  7. In a medium bowl, add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt and stir to combine. Set aside.
  8. In a large bowl, add butter and sugars and beat for a couple minutes or until light and fluffy.
  9. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Add vanilla and beat to combine.
  10. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix to combine.
  11. Fold in chocolate chips.
  12. For assembly:
  13. Spread half the dough evenly into a parchment lined 9x13 inch baking pan.
  14. Top dough with peanut butter filling. Spread remaining dough on top of peanut butter.
  15. Bake for 30-33 minutes.

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