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My husband wanted to make sure all the scouts and their families felt welcome at the monthly committee meeting we host at our home, so to encourage attendance he decided to combine business with a backyard pool party for the kids.

There was a great turn out – our pool was full to overflowing and our table on the back deck was surrounded by all those who had gathered. My husband grilled chicken to accompany store bought sides, and I made dessert.

PEANUT BUTTER PRETZEL BARS

peanut butter pretzel bars

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup chunky peanut butter

1 cup chocolate chips

1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped pretzels

1/2 cup peanut butter chips

1/2 cup peanut butter filled chocolate morsels

Heat oven to 350F. Spray a 9-by-13-inch baking pan.

Using a mixer, beat butter and both sugars at medium speed until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, whisk flour, baking soda and salt. Add to mixer bowl and mix on low until incorporated. Stir in peanut butter, chocolate chips, pretzels, peanut butter chips and morsels. Spread batter evenly in pan. Top with more pretzels if desired.

Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from The Dining Guide, June 2015

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