There are lots of easy recipes for peanut butter bars, and this is one of my favorites. They remind me of the old school cafeteria peanut bars that were moist and never dry. These are a little better, though. They're topped with Reese's candies and peanut butter cups!
Peanut Buddy Bars
If you don't want to deal with finding Reese's Minis or Pieces, you can make the bars that these are based on -- Buddy Bars. Instead of using a variety of chips and candy, they just used a pack of milk chocolate chips. Whichever recipe you go with you'll get a really good bar, but my take is that if you are going to eat a peanut butter bar, why not go all out? Now I just need to find someone to share these with.
Peanut Butter Bars
- 1 cup 9 oz peanut butter (I weighed it out on a scale)
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
- 1 ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs lightly whisked in a separate bowl
- ¼ teaspoon plus a big pinch of salt omit the pinch if using salted butter
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups 6.8 ounces well stirred and carefully measured unbleached all-purpose flour
- ⅔ cup white chips
- ½ cup chopped lightly salted peanuts
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips plus about ½ cup more (if needed)
- 1 cup Mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
- ½ cup Reese's Pieces optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x13 inch metal pan with foil and spray with baking spray (or just use nonstick foil).
- In a mixing bowl, using a handheld mixer, beat the peanut butter, softened butter and sugar until smooth. By hand, stir in the eggs, salt and vanilla stirring just until mixed. Add the flour and stir just until mixed.
- Stir in white chips, peanuts and a cup of the chocolate chips. Press firmly into pan.
- Bake on center rack for 23-25 minutes or until center is set.
- Remove from oven and Immediately scatter the halved Reese's Minis over the top. Sprinkle more chocolate chips (or Reese's Pieces) into the gaps.
- Let cool at room temperature for about 10 minutes, then transfer pan to a larger pan (a roasting pan). Put ice water in the pan so that it comes about halfway up the sides. Let cool in pan.