These Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars are a simple, easy and delicious treat combining everyone’s two favorite flavors: Peanut Butter and Chocolate. A creamy layer of salty peanut butter is sandwiched between a sweet chocolate topping and a tender brownie bottom layer. Yum!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- EASY – A lot of Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars are no bake recipes. We decided to make our version with a brownie/cookie base layer. We use a store-bought mix, so it keeps this a super simple and easy dessert recipe! And, trust us, it’s worth the extra time!
- GREAT FOR ANY OCCASION – We love the combo of peanut butter and chocolate because it can be a great Holiday dessert, or a special treat for any occasion. They have all the flavor of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, everyone will love them and they will disappear quickly!
- EASY TO FREEZE – Not ready to eat them all yet? Or just worried about portion control? These Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars are great to freeze. Thaw them in the fridge or eat them as a frozen treat!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars
- BROWNIE MIX – Store bought mix. And whatever ingredients you need to make it. We used Immaculate Bakery Brownie Cookie Mix, which was delicious. And we need the butter, egg and water listed below to make it. Your ingredients may be a bit different.
- BUTTER – Unsalted butter. There will be enough salt with the peanut butter.
- EGG – Room temperature.
- WATER –
- POWDERED SUGAR – Also called Confectioner’s Sugar. To mix in with the peanut butter. Do not use granulated sugar as that will not absorb as well into the mix.
- PEANUT BUTTER -We used creamy peanut butter. But if you like a crunchier texture, you can substitute for crunchy peanut butter.
- VANILLA – We always recommend using a high quality vanilla extract.
- CHOCOLATE CHIPS – We used Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips. But you can use milk chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips. Or a combination.
How To Make Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars
- To make the bottom layer you simply follow the directions on the package, only use a 13×9 size pan. Take out of the oven and allow to cool.
- After this layer cools down, you will create the peanut butter mixture and layer it on top. Do this by combining the peanut butter, powdered sugar, butter and vanilla. Stir until creamy.
- Finally, make the chocolate layer. Melt some chocolate chips. Pour it over the top of the peanut butter layer and spread evenly.
Storage and Freezing
These Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars are best stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They freeze very well. Before freezing, make sure they are properly chilled. Cut them into bars and freeze them separated by parchment paper. You can thaw them in the fridge before eating or just enjoy them as a frozen treat!
Notes, Tips and FAQs
- CUT THE BARS TO WHATEVER PORTION YOU NEED – Entertaining a lot of guests? This can be a good recipe for a crowd by making the bars into smaller, bite-sized pieces.
- TOPPINGS – Add some extra fun by topping them with crushed Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or Butterfinger Candy Bars. You can also add some nuts on top.
- CAN YOU USE A DIFFERENT KIND OF NUT BUTTER? Yep! You sure can substitute peanut butter for almond butter, cashew butter or any other nutty butter you’d like.
We hope you enjoy with Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars Recipe. Let us know how it turns out for you in the comment section!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bars
- One box Immaculate Cookie Brownie mix
- 1 1/4 cup butter 2 1/2 sticks
- 1 egg
- 4 Tablespoons water
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 package 10 oz high quality semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Prepare brownie/cookie mix according to package directions except use a 13x9 pan and bake for 31 minutes.
- While brownies are cooking, prepare Peanut Butter layer by combining powdered sugar, vanilla, peanut butter and 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) melted butter. Combine until well mixed set aside.
- When brownies are finished, let cool and then spread the peanut butter on top evenly. Chill in fridge.
- Melt chocolate chips in microwave on 50% power. Spread over the peanut butter layer and chill in refrigerator for at lease 2 hours.
- Using a warm knife, score the top of the chocolate bars and then go back and cut through. Take your time and warm your knife under hot water between cuts.
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