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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Bars

It seems to be a food blogger tradition.  If you go and read any food blog, you will most likely see a recipe for one of these or something similar.  I love the taste of peanut butter and chocolate combination, but I don't normally have peanut butter at home.  I just saw too many delicious photos of peanut butter bars in many food blogs recently and then I decided to make these.  After going through few recipes I came up with below.  I used the McVitie's Digestives, because they just taste great and I wanted the peanut butter to be a little bit crunchy.  Next time I may try to use some cornflakes or another kind of breakfast cereal instead.  They were very delicious and very rich.  Kids loved it but they are dangerous for adults as we can easily get addicted to them.  It is very easy to make these and you don't need to bake anything, which is great.  The peanut butter layer was softer than the chocolate layer so I recommend to take it out from the fridge 15 minutes earlier before you serve.  It will be also easier to slice.

(Makes about 16 bars)

Peanut Butter Layer:

1 cup dark brown sugar
75 g (about 5 tablespoons) butter- melted
350 g (1.5 cup) of creamy peanut butter
1 pack of McVities Digestives biscuits (250 g pack) - crumbled

Chocolate Layer:
300 g (2 cups) of dark chocolate broken into smaller bits (70% cocoa solids) or chocolate chips
1 teaspoon of vanilla sugar
1 tablespoon of butter

You will need a rectangular or square shaped brownie or baking tin for this.  Start with preparing the peanut butter layer.  First whisk the sugar and butter together to form a creamy mixture.  Stir in the peanut butter and then the biscuits.  Spread the mixture to the bottom of the baking tin and try to make it an even layer as much as possible.  Next, melt the chocolate in a bowl, that is sitting on a saucepan of simmering water.  Add in the butter and vanilla sugar and stir until the mixture is smooth.  Last step is to spread the chocolate mixture on top of the peanut butter layer.  Put the tin in the fridge until the chocolate is set.
I made this the night before and it was perfect the next day.  Don't forget to take it out of the fridge about 15 minutes before you serve.  Slice it with a sharp knife and enjoy your peanut butter bars.  


  1. Peanut butter and chocolate is definitely my favorite flavor combination...I have about six jars of peanut butter in my kitchen! And not a single recipe like this on my site. There is something wrong with me. These look amazing!

  2. How many can I eat before getting sick. :) How many did you eat?

  3. This is the reason I don't buy peanut butter.. If I had it in my kitchen, it wouldn't last very long. I ate way too many and unfortunately I didn't get sick.. :)