Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars Most Helpful Reviews
These have become an absolute staple in my house! Also, it is my total standard recipe for ‘gotta-bring-something-sweet’ to ‘fill-in-the-blank’. SO easy, SO fast and terrific for satisfying those cravings. I chill the peanut butter base for 15 or 20 minutes before topping with the chocolate so the warm chocolate doesn’t melt into the peanut butter too much, making spots of too thick chocolate and leaving other areas spread too thin!
These were great! I was a little worried because I used natural peanut butter and the bottom layer was really runny when I put it in the pan. I am glad I kept them refrigerated because they do soften quickly at room temperature but all in all, they turned out great. Everyone who tried them loved them and my friend wanted the recipe.
I had hoped to find a review saying they work even with natural peanut butter but couldn’t find one, so now you know! I’m sure they are firmer with regular peanut butter but I’ll save myself the hydrogenated oil! UPDATE: This has become a staple in our house as well as many of our friends. I still prefer natural peanut butter, and I’ve found Skippy Natural works the best, but you can do with other kinds like Laura Scudders, etc. Just keep them in the fridge!
Out of all the chocolate/peanut butter bar recipes on this site, this one to me is the best because it has a good ratio of chocolate layer to peanut butter layer and also is not too sweet to allow the chocolate and peanut butter flavors to shine through. I made a few alterations for my own personal taste as well. I added an extra 1/2 cup peanut butter to the bottom layer mixture. I also used Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet chips and I used the whole 12 oz bag (for 2 cups total). Since I had more chips, I also added 1/4 cup of butter to the chocolate/peanut butter melting mixture.
This helps keep the chocolate layer smooth and spreadable and helps adhesion to the peanut butter layer.
SO GOOD! If you are a peanut butter/chocolate fanatic like me, then you will love this. I followed other reviewers suggestions to make the recipe easier by melting the peanut butter with butter, then mixing with graham crackers and powdered sugar. Also, chill the peanut butter base for 15 minutes before topping with chocolate mixture.
- 2 cups quick-cooking oats
- 1 3/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
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