Peanut butter chocolate bars offer many people a delicious and unique recipe flavor combination. The sweetness of the chocolate is offset by the nutty, earthy flavor of the rich, creamy peanut butter, resulting in a bar that is both tasty and satisfying.
Additionally, the texture of peanut butter and chocolate can vary, offering different levels of crunch or creaminess depending on the recipe.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars
This recipe is based on my Aunt MC's recipe. She is known for her incredible cooking skills and, even more so, her sweet confession creations.
Attached below is her original recipe:
This dessert reminds me of a Reese pieces peanut butter cup with Butterfinger that had a baby, and then someone called caramel to come on over to the party.
The Secret Ingredient to Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars?
The ingredient that creates the Butterfinger texture is (wait, queue drum roll, please)….
The answer: Vanilla Wafers. The cookie of past childhoods. If you’re from the south you likely can taste the vanilla wafers in your mind to perfection right now.
Many people enjoy peanut butter chocolate bars as a snack or a dessert. They can also be used as an ingredient in other desserts, such as cookies or brownies. Adding peanut butter chocolate bars to a recipe can add a new level of flavor and complexity to an existing dish.
Another way to make Dulce de Leche that I’ve only read about sound interesting.
- Place a can of condensed milk into a saucepan and cover it with water.
- Turn on the heat to medium
- Cook for 2 to 3 hours. Depending on the size of the can
- Turning the can over every 20 minutes.
- Bingo. You’ll have Dulce de Leche
Watch How To Make Chocolate Bars with Peanut Butter
📖 Recipe Card
Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars
- 1 Cup High Quality Butter Softened
- 1 Cup Crunchy Peanut Butter / Almond Butter Works Too
- 2 Cup Powder Sugar / 10x
- 1 ½ Cups Vanilla Wafers Crushed /45 Cookies
Chocolate Ganache Sauce
- 12oz Package Semi-Sweet Chocolate / Not Milk Chocolate
- ½ Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
- Pinch Sea Salt
Dulce de Leche Sauce / Caramel Sauce
- 1 Can Dulce de Leche /or Caramel Sauce
Peanut Butter Butterfingers Base
- Start by adding the 1 cup of peanut butter to the mixer, plus the cup of high-quality butter and mix together
- Next, add in the 2 cups of powdered sugar. I like adding the sugar one cup at a time and mixing before adding the next cup.
- The secret ingredient - Vanilla Wafers - Use around 45 wafers or 1 ½ cup crushed.Crush the vanilla wafers in a plastic bag or bowl. Be sure to not over crush the wafers. You want the texture in the peanut butter base to create the Butterfinger effect.
The Chocolate Ganache Sauce
- In a small saucepot, add the 12oz /or (1 ½ cups) of semi-sweet chocolate and melt over medium-low heat.
- Once melted add in the heavy whipping cream and stir until combined.
Putting Everything Together
- Add the peanut butter/vanilla wafer base to a 9 by 13 casserole dish. Press the mixture around until flat and smooth.Add the Dulce de Leche /or Caramel Sauce over the top. You can create a smooth layer or just drizzle some over the top.Next, pour the chocolate ganache over the top and smooth out.
Icing & Design Pattern
- Mix ⅓ cup of powder sugar plus 2 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream to a small bowl and mix. Starting with 2 tablespoons allows you to control the thickness of the icing. You want the icing to run a bit. You likely do not want to be squeezing the icing out hard. Go up and down the length of the casserole dish creating lines.(You can always watch the video below for the technique.)Using two toothpicks, held in one hand, creating a cross pattern. Move the toothpicks across the lines of icing, displacing the icing creating a nice design.
- Lastly, cut mini Reese's into quarters and arrange them around the peanut butter bars.Cover with Dulce de Leche /or Caramel Sauce. As little or as much as you like.Try to make it look really nice 🙂