I wanted to make a treat for my friend who is a big fan of the taste combination of peanut butter and chocolate. I was all set on brownies with Reese’s chips, then my mom asked if I had ever had these bars. It’s a recipe modified from the popular Cake Mix Doctor. A recipe from a box of cake mix? That’s is fine by me because that eliminates a lot of mess and ingredients! The result is a chewy mess of peanuts and gooey chocolate that satiates any peanut butter/chocolate craving!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars
- 1 box plain yellow cake mix (Do not use “pudding in the mix” versions! I know Duncan Hines makes a non-pudding box.)
- 1 cup chunky peanut butter
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted
- 2 large eggs
- 1 12-oz package of milk chocolate chips
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk (Eagle Brand)
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups chopped, unsalted peanuts
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
- Line a 9×13 baking pan with heavy duty aluminum foil across the pan and out each side for handles to lift the bars from the pan after cooling.
- Spray foil with cooking spray to prevent sticking
- Melt the stick of butter, set aside
- For the crust, place the cake mix, peanut butter, melted butter and eggs in a bowl and beat on low speed for 1 minute. Mix will be thick and a little greasy.
- Reserve 1 1/2 cup of the crust mix for later
- Spread the remaining crust mix over the foil lined pan, pushing with your fingers until it is pressed evenly into the bottom of the pan.
- For the filling, place chocolate chips, 2 Tbsp butter, and condensed milk in a microwavable bowl and melt the chocolate in the microwave on high for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, stopping to stir frequently to prevent the mixture from curdling.
- Stir in vanilla to the melted chocolate mixture, then spread over the crust.
- Top the chocolate layer with the reserved 1 1/2 cup crust mixture, crumbling it up with your fingers into crumbs the size of peas.
- Scatter the chopped peanuts over the top.
- Bake in the center of the oven for 30-35 minutes.
- Cool on a rack for at least 30 minutes before removing with foil handles.
- Place on a hard board (cutting board) and chill in the refrigerator 15-20 minutes or until the chocolate is set.
- Cut into bars and eat!