May 2, 2010

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Bars

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

According to some people, chocolate and peanut butter were made for each other. Though I'm not a huge peanut butter fan myself, trust me when I say, you don't have to twist my arm too hard to get me to try a peanut buttery sweet treat And these babies were no different. I'll warn you, like I always try to do, these are sweet and rich and the best thing is to do what I did and immediately cut up and portion out plates to be given away. Or don't blame me when you've eaten a whole pan yourself ;)


Peanut Butter Crispy Bars
Adapted from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking

For the crispy crust
1 3/4 cups crisped rice cereal
1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the milk chocolate peanut butter layer
5 ounces good-quality milk coarsely chopped
1 cup creamy peanut butter

For the chocolate icing
3 ounces dark chocolate (60 to 72 percent cocoa), coarsely chopped
1/2 teaspoon light corn syrup
4 tablespoons butter, melted

Make the crispy crust:
Lightly spray a paper towel with nonstick cooking spray and use it to rub the bottom and sides of an 8-inch square baking pan.

Put the cereal in a large bowl and set aside.

Pour 1/4 cup water into a small saucepan. Gently add the sugar and corn syrup (do not let any sugar or syrup get on the sides of the pan) and use a small wooden spoon to stir the mixture until just combined. Put a candy thermometer in the saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat and bring to a boil; cook until the mixture reaches the soft ball stage, 235 degrees F.

Remove from the heat, stir in the butter, and pour the mixture over the cereal. Working quickly, stir until the cereal is thoroughly coated, then pour it into the prepared pan. Using your hands, press the mixture into the bottom of the pan (do not press up the sides). Let the crust cool to room temperature while you make the next layer.

Make the milk chocolate peanut butter layer: In a large nonreactive metal bowl, stir together the chocolate and the peanut butter. Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and cook, stirring with a rubber spatula, until the mixture is smooth. Remove the bowl from the pan and stir for about 30 seconds to cool slightly. Pour the mixture over the cooled crust. Put the pan in the refridgerator for 1 hour, or until the top layer hardens.

Make the chocolate icing: In a large nonreactive metal bowl, combine the chocolate, corn syrup, and butter.
Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and cook, stirring with a rubber spatula, until the mixture is completely smooth. Remove the bowl from the pan and stir for 30 seconds to cool slightly. Pour the mixture over the chilled milk chocolate peanut butter layer and spread into an even layer. Put the pan into the refrigerator for 1 hour, or until the topping hardens.


  1. Assalamu 'alaykum

    This looks like a great recipe for me to try especially with the photos you have included to show the steps! MashaAllah.

    I really like bars and squares since they are easy and quick to make and provide lots of taste in just two or three bites (good for when you need a taste of sugar, but not too mcuh.)

    Thanks for sharing. I will be back to explore more of your recipes inshaAllah.


  2. Wanna share some with meeee? =P Sharing is caring! ;) Haha. Jazakillah for "sharing" the recipeee! =)

  3. wow so yummy and sweet
    love your blog..

  4. I am going to try this one, but I would like to know if anything was changed and how from the original recipe found in the source cited.

  5. I will be interested in what the original recipe reads. I did try this one, and before I did I was skeptical of the rice crispy bottom. Was yours soggy? After eating a piece of it, I went back to make sure my cereal was not stale...and it was freshly fine. The chewiness of the rice cereal bottom and its texture was not pleasing for me or my children. I also think you mentioned in your opening that this was a very sweet dish, and I would have to concur that mine turned out too sweet. My family and I could not finish one piece. I am sorry sis, but I did not like this recipe even though peanut butter and chocolate are a classic combination.

  6. OHHHH Iam a huuuugeeee peanutbutter fan :-)

  7. Sorry to get to your comments late Shayla (I went out of town right after posting this recipe). I'm so sorry to hear it didn't go well for you! The bottom layer was a bit soggy for me too, but I know thats because I didn't cook my sugar syrup long enough. I cut the pieces and let them air dry a bit and it helped. I didn't mind the chewy texture, but like you said, it was a bit too sweet for us too.

  8. Thanks...that must be it then! I must not have gotten the sugar syrup the right temperature as well. I do not have a candy thermometer so just guessed.

  9. One word: YUM!

    Chocolate and peanut butter WERE made for eachother! ;)

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