Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Bars

I don’t know why but peanut butter and chocolate do not mix for me.  I like them separate but not together.  However, I was determined to make some peanut butter and chocolate bars a few weeks back.  I found this recipe on Bake of Break blog that was for Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars but I didn’t have any jelly around so I thought I would substitute with chocolate chips. If you are a peanut butter lower these bars are heaven, they are very rich.  They are also very easy to make!  So if you are looking of something easy and quick, this is a great recipe.  It is excellent with a glass of milk!

Do you have some other good peanut butter recipes to share?

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Bars

1 cup butter, softened, plus more for preparing pan
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for preparing pan
1 & 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 & 1/2 cups smooth peanut butter
1 & 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
16 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup salted peanuts, roughly chopped

Preheat oven to 350°. Butter a 9?x 13?baking pan. Line bottom with parchment paper. Butter the parchment and dust with flour, tapping out the excess.

Beat butter and sugar together on medium speed of an electric mixer. Mix for about 2 minutes, until fluffy. Add eggs and peanut butter, and beat about 2 minutes or until combined.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder. Add to butter mixture and beat on low speed until combined. Add vanilla and mix.

Transfer two-thirds of dough to pan and spread evenly. Spread all the chocolate chips on top of dough. Crumble remaining dough on top of the chocolate chips. Sprinkle with peanuts.

Bake for 45-60 minutes, or until golden. Rotate pan half-way through baking. Tent loosely with foil if bars are getting too dark.

Cool on a wire rack. Run a knife around the edges to loosen. Refrigerate 1-2 hours. Cut into bars and store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Makes about 3 dozen bars.  Serve with a glass of milk!

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10 Responses to “Peanut Butter and Chocolate Bars”

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    The Kitchen Masochist — July 6, 2010 @ 7:21 am

    I don’t like peanut butter on its own. But it’s an entirely different story when it’s combined with chocolate. They look great! Feel free to send some of that over here if they don’t mix for you! ; )

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    pierre — July 6, 2010 @ 12:29 pm

    Peanut butter reminds me so much my US youth !! PIerre

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    Buddy's mom — July 6, 2010 @ 6:45 pm

    This is a “to die for” dessert for John. I will have to try it out soon. I haven’t found yet the best peanut butter dessert…

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    IslandEAT — July 7, 2010 @ 1:27 am

    Ewa, I am glad you tried to embrace this wonderful food combination! I think PB and chocoalte are molecular food twins – just like chocolate and raspberry, chocolate and coffee, chocolate and mint…all suitable for summer, which finally arrived here in the Gulf Islands.

    Thanks,

    Dan

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    Piper — July 7, 2010 @ 8:06 am

    OMG, I’m drooling as I type this…that’s my fave combo!!! These look absolutely to die for, definitely going to give these a try :) !!

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    grace — July 8, 2010 @ 4:24 pm

    i’m among the lovers of the chocolate-peanut butter combination, and i think these dense and delightful bars would be amazing. nothing’s too rich for me! :)

    • Delishhh replied: — July 29th, 2010 @ 1:28 pm

      Grace, Nice. Do you have other good chocolate and peanut butter recipes i could try? I really want to like it. Maybe i just haven;t found the right recipe. Sorry for the late response i have been moving to a new house and it has taken over my life. :)

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    Evan @swEEts — July 21, 2010 @ 6:19 am

    This loooks AMAZING. I just added it to my list of “to bake”

    • Delishhh replied: — August 17th, 2010 @ 10:38 pm

      Evan – that is awesome, do you have some other peanut butter recipes you like?

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