Peanut Butter Chocolate Layer Bars Recipe!

I am guilty…i am a CHOCOLATE LOVER! And if you add peanut butter…WOOHOO!! So when again my hubby sent my a pin with a delicious photo, I had to try it out myself.

Here is below the list of ingredients I used and the photos I took. I can tell you that when you get it out of the oven and start cutting the bars, you can’t resist! SO GOOD!

 

INGREDIENTS:
  • For the base and topping:
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks). (I melted mine)
  • 1½ cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Filling:
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • ⅓ cups of peanut butter/chocolate chips
  • 1½ cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Topping:
  • ⅓ cup miniature chocolate chips

 

INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 13×9 baking pan with aluminum foil, and spray the foil with cooking spray or use Olive Oil instead (that’s what I do and much healthier than cooking spray!)
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Add in the brown sugar and beat until it is well combined. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until they are well combined.
  3. Add 2 cups of creamy peanut butter and 2 tsp of vanilla; beat until combined.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Turn the mixer down to low and gradually add in the flour mixture, a little at a time, until it is completely combined and dough comes together. Be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to get all the flour mixed.
  5. To make the filling, heat the sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, peanut butter/chocolate chips, and 2 tbsp peanut butter, stirring occasionally, in a heavy saucepan over low heat until the mixture has melted and and is creamy. Remove from heat and add the 2 teaspoons of vanilla. Let it cool slightly.
  6. Measure out 2 cups of the peanut butter dough and set it aside to use for the topping.Image
  7. Press the remaining dough into the prepared pan. Spread the chocolate filing over the dough. Crumble the reserved dough over the top of the filling. Finally, sprinkle with the miniature chocolate chips.ImageImageImage
  8. Bake for 30 minutes or until the topping is light golden brown. Let it cool down for a little while. Again, it depends on your oven,mine cooks fast, so about 20 minutes was enough, so make sure to keep an eye on it. Afterwards, I let it cool down for about an hour.  Image
  9. Remove the bars from the pan. Place it on a cutting board and allow to cool completely. Cut into bars.ImageImageImage

 

Et Voilà! 😀 Have fun everyone and let me know you liked yours. Leave me your comments below.

Enjoy!

N.M.

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About N. M. Thomas

I was born in the West of France, a region I like a lot. We moved around a lot with my parents and ended up in Paris area when I was five. I lived around Paris area until I was twenty one and decided to move to England to improve my English (yes, just like that!) It wasn't easy to be in a country and a part of Britain itself (East Yorkshire)where I could not understand people talking to me. The accent was so important that it took me about a year to become fluent. I stayed there for four years and decided to go back home to Paris. I met my husband, who is American, and finally, only stayed just over a year in France as we moved to the United States. I've always loved literature and foreign languages. I speak fluent French and English, and know some Russian, Italian, Spanish and German. I started to write poems when I was a teenager. My dad actually influenced me a lot, he used to write beautiful poems in French (and I keep telling him he should publish them!)So, I carried on writing poems until I decided to start writing books. I've got two amazing children who keep me on my toes all day long so I only get some time to write at night, but I would not change that for the whole world! And I find inspirations from the music I listen, Lifehouse, Casting Crows, Fireflight and others, but also and mainly from instrumental music, original movie soundtracks (those I love!)
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