Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

Hi everyone...tomorrow is National Peanut Butter Day!!!!!!!  I absolutely love peanut butter and chocolate together...as you could probably tell from the scrumptious homemade snickers bars and chocolate peanut butter whoopie pies I made this month.

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
 

 

 

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