Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars


There is a deli near my house that makes the most amazing chocolate peanut butter bars. I have been trying to come up with a copycat version of them for some time & this recipe is pretty much it. I thought they would be a great dessert to make for the bake sale, as chocolate/peanut butter desserts are very popular & these are super simple & don't require any baking! I cut them into 2" bars for the sale, but 1" bite-sized bars would be ideal, as they are very rich.
They sold out faster then anything else at the sale...I wish I had made more.

To begin, grease a standard sized brownie pan with non-stick cooking spray & line the pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang {for easy removal}. In the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, add a 1/4 cup of dark brown sugar {packed},

2 2/3 cups confectioners' sugar, a 1/2 cup of softened unsalted butter,

& 1 3/4 cups of smooth peanut butter.

Beat until smooth, then dump the mixture out into the pan,

and press down into the bottom, making it as level as possible. Next, melt 10 ounces of milk chocolate chips,

2 tablespoons of unsalted butter,

and 8 ounces of bittersweet chocolate {chopped} in a double boiler, or heat-proof bowl set over simmering water.

Stir occasionally to combine. Spread the melted chocolate over the peanut butter base & smooth out the surface.
Put the pan in the refrigerator, until the chocolate is set. Remove the bars from the pan by lifting on the overhang of parchment paper & slice into squares using a sharp knife.

It may help to warm the knife under hot water to get through the hard chocolate layer more easily.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Adapted from Nigella Lawson
Makes 1 brownie pan full of bars {quantity depends on what size you cut them}

1/2 cup dark brown sugar {packed}
2 2/3 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons softened unsalted butter {divided}
1 3/4 cups creamy peanut butter
10 ounces milk chocolate chips
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate {chopped}

Cut a piece of parchment paper big enough to line a standard sized brownie pan, with a bit of overhang. Grease the brownie pan & lay in the parchment paper.
Combine the brown sugar, confectioners' sugar, 1/2 cup butter & peanut butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Blend until smooth. Dump the mixture out into the pan & press it down, making it an even as possible.
Melt the chocolates & 2 tablespoons of butter in a double boiler, or in a heat-proof bowl set over simmering water. Stir occasionally to combine. Spread the melted chocolate over the peanut butter base & smooth out the surface.
Put the pan in the refrigerator, until the chocolate is set. Remove the bars from the pan by lifting on the overhang of parchment paper & slice into squares using a sharp knife. It may help to warm the knife under hot water to get through the hard chocolate layer more easily. The bars are very rich, so 1" squares would be a good size.
Click here for the printable recipe.

36 comments:

Nadina said...

these are amazing. i make them with crumbled graham crackers in the peanut butter mixture for an added crunch and they're delicious. VERY rich though.

Rebecca said...

Pretty sure these look to-die-for! I'm having a giveaway that ends tomorrow - the carrie diaries! Hope you'll enter :)

laurie said...

WOWWWW! These look great! Chocolate and peanut butter... a match made in heaven!!

Maggie said...

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Karen said...

So easy... no baking and just perfect for a bake sale. Who doesn't love peanut butter & chocolate!

Jessica said...

What a perfect recipe to take to a church meeting as well! Thank you for this delicious recipe. My mouth is watering right now! :-D

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Heather I. said...

I love how they're no bake and they still look amazing! I definitely need to try these!

Angelynn said...

The line in your recipe: "1/2 cup butter & peanut butter" i am not sure what it means. Also, I noticed you doubled the recipe but did not put it in a 9x13 pan but stayed in the 9x9. Did you want them really thick? If I used the original (1/2 recipe) would they turn out thin? Thank you. (They look scrumptious no matter what size pan!)

kate said...

Angelynn~
The "1/2 cup butter & peanut butter" is the 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter from the ingredients list, along with the 1 3/4 cup peanut butter.
Sorry if that sounded confusing.

I have made the recipe as written & the bars were VERY thin. Way too thin, in my opinion. I made them extra thick for a bake sale. A 3/4 version of the recipe would probably be great too.
Hope this helps!

Elaine from Cookware Help said...

I love anything with peanut butter and chocolate! I've been a lurker here but first time I’ve made something you listed they came exactly like in the picture – and oh, we should videotape people’s responses as they take the first bite. It ranges from a sigh of relief to calm acceptance of the sugar rush. Awesome!

Jennifer said...

Yes, please! Chocolate + peanut butter = bliss. These look soooo good!!

Karly said...

I'll take one (or ten) of those, please!

Anonymous said...

Great recipe— my mother used to make these! Although we never used the bittersweet chocolate as well as the milk chocolate, I always felt the chocolate top was a little much. The bittersweet is absolutely brilliant!
Graham cracker crumbs are also delicious in the peanut butter component. They definitely enhance that buttery taste and add a little bit of a crunch.

coldplay said...

my mouth is watering! peanut butter + chocolate = my weakness! im not too talented in the kitchen, but i will have to try this!

Anonymous said...

Makes my toes curl...lol!

Anonymous said...

what is a "standard" brownie pan?
It looks like a square pan but the brownies I make are in a 9x13 pan

kate said...

Anonymous~
9" x 9"

Anonymous said...

I made these last night, and it is safe to say I have a new favourite recipe. Thank you so much for sharing this.

Anonymous said...

Really good--thank you for sharing. I used an 8x8 pan and they were really thick--so 9x9 might be better.

My only complaint that the peanut butter texture was a little gritty -- Any ideas for how to lessen this?

kate said...

hmmm. I didn't get a gritty texture at all. Maybe it was the peanut butter you used? Did you use "natural" peanut butter? I used Jif, so it was super smooth.
These are very thick, and very rich. I even adjusted the original recipe, because they were so thick!
I recommend cutting them into bite-sized pieces, rather than bars, because they are so rich...or, like you mentioned a bigger pan would make them thinner.

laischezimmerman- said...

I'm definitely trying this soon! yum!

Murphy said...

These are soo delicous! I made a batch just last weekend and I was wondering how long do these stay good?
Like how long before you cant eat them anymore?
Ive been meaning to bring them to work for friends but I keep forgetting and Im wondering if its to late now since its been almost a week.....

Anonymous said...

Can you freeze these? Can you use all chocolate semi sweet chips instead of the bittersweet? Thanks!

MSlattery said...

I made them and I used all bittersweet chocolate.
They were terrific except for one tiny thing: the chocolate was really hard. I wonder, if I made a ganache it would be a little easier to slice through them?

kate said...

Believe it, or not, I made the chocolate coating in my version way thinner than the original recipe calls for. I have no idea how Nigella managed to cut through hers!
I found using a hot knife helped. I ran it under hot water between slices.
Maybe a ganache would work too. I guess it's worth a try!

Anonymous said...

I did the chocolate in the microwave! Much quicker

Paty M said...

i just stumbled upon this!oh my!!deliciouuus :O

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!

Riverside Bartending School said...

Hello, chocolate and peanut butter can't be beat! Yum

Anonymous said...

here's how I modified: I used 1 cup lower fat skippy's and 3/4 cup white chocolate PB. I figured there was plenty of sugar in the low fat peanut butter so I reduced sugar from 2 2/3 to 2 cups. Then, I only had dark chocolate...no milk. At the suggestion of one of the commenting folks, I added about a 1/2 cup of graham cracker crumbs. And, finally, I laid out in a 13 x 9 pan rather than a 9x9. It turned out well. I cut the pieces into LESS than 1 inch squares....took them to work, and they disappeared. Sinful,

Anonymous said...

I just made these, and they are sooo good! They taste just like a Reese's peanut butter cup. sooo good! thanks for the recipe!

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU! This is what I've been looking for for YEARS....just about exactly the recipe for a dessert we were served in our high school cafeteria (along with tomato soup and grilled cheese) back in the days when kids were served real food. Not only am I excited to have it, but I found out I have a lot of friends who have longed for this again, too!!

Molly said...

Wow, this is a great recipe! It would be cool to use a biscuit cutter and cut circles like home-made reeses! Great post!! Thanks

CM Writer said...

We had these in elementary school, and I could never find the recipe!!! wooohoo!

Jodie Dierickx said...

I have been looking for this, THANK YOU! My favorite neighborhood restaurant used to have them and then that cook left and I've been left mourning.

Anonymous said...

I have been searching for this recipe for nearly 3 years! They appear to be exactly what we were served in scool. I plan to make them in the very near future as in like 2 days from now! I have a feeling it will be the cure for my 10 year craving lol

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