Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Looking for your chocolate fix?  Look no further!  These Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch bars will for sure satisfy your sweet tooth!

Brownie base recipe {great brownies on their own} 
2-3 squares baking chocolate {I used 3 squares unsweetened Baker's chocolate}
1/2 lb butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350.
Melt butter and baking squares in a microwave safe bowl {or on the stove top}. In the mixing bowl {or pour it into your Kitchen Aid}, cream melted butter and chocolate mixture. Add in sugar and vanilla and beat until fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add in eggs, beating one at a time. Add flour and stir just until combined.
Pour into greased 9 x 13 baking dish and bake for 20 minutes.

While baking, start working on the middle layer:
1/2 cup chopped salted peanuts
1 cup chopped Reese's peanut butter cups

Pull your brownies out after 20ish minutes of baking, sprinkle chopped nuts and chopped PB cups evenly on top and bake for another 5 minutes.

While your middle layer is baking, work on the top layer {did I mention these are kind of time-consuming?!  But totally worth it}  In a medium saucepan, melt together:
1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 tablespoon butter

Once melted, add 1 1/2 cup Rice Krispies and stir to combine.  Take your brownies out of the oven and evenly spread your crunchy top layer on them.  Refrigerate for 2 hours, until firm.  Slice with a plastic knife... they are great chilled or room temperature.  Enjoy! 

I'm participating in GET YOUR CHEF ON hosted by Four Marrs & One Venus, and White Lights on Wednesday.  Hop over to see all of the amazing chocolate creations!

Four Marrs and One Venus said...

Stop! Get in my Belly!

Deb A said...

These look so good... I'm stopping by from the challenge to say hi!

Tanusree said...

PB and chocolate.. always a great combination. your bars look so good.

Call Me PMc said...

oh wow! Love this! I'm going to need this in my life!


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