I wanted to bake a few days ago, and I flipped through some cookbooks and my recipe binder, but I was uninspired. I pulled out my faithful book The Cake Mix Doctor, and flipped through it...when my eyes landed on Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars, I knew that was it!
The Cake Mix Doctor is a handy book when you're low on time or ingredients, or just want to kick up a boring cake mix. They have a photo index in the front that is just genius, and some really fun recipes.
The ingredients you'll need for the base and top layer are:
1 package yellow cake mix
1 cup peanut butter [creamy or crunchy - it's up to you]
1 stick butter, melted
2 large eggs
The middle layer needs:
12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
1 can (14 oz) of sweetened condensed milk - aka the nectar of the gods.
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Any other mix-ins that you want - grated coconut, pecans, etc. I left these out.
Okay, here's we go:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Get out a 13 x 9 baking pan ungreased
Put the cake mix, peanut butter, melted butter, and eggs in a mixing bowl, and beat for one minute on low speed. Scrape down the sides - dough will be thick.
Reserve 1.5 cups of dough, and press the rest into the pan, mushing it (ha) until it covers the entire bottom of the pan.
In a medium size saucepan, melt the butter, sweetened condensed milk, and chocolate chips on low heat until smooth - three or four minutes.
Remove from heat and add vanilla and any other mix-ins you want.
Pour the chocolate mixture over the crust, spreading until it covers the pan.
Crumble the reserved dough over the chocolate - I just used my fingertips to break it up.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until light brown, and cool on a rack for 30 minutes.
Cut into bars, and enjoy!
- Sugar Baby