I love chocolate. I love peanut butter. Therefore, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are my most FAVORITE candy bar of all time. But only the eggs. Ridges are for losers. Anyway, when I saw this recipe from Trisha Yearwood featured on the Food Network I knew I had to make these bars right away. I don’t even know why I pay for 200+ TV channels. I’m thinking of calling my cable company to see if they have a package that includes Internet, Food Network, The Cooking Channel and CNN. Everything else is secondary in my book.
So back to the baking… I knew that these bars would be awesome because the recipe is just basically chocolate, peanut butter, sugar and pretzels but I was surprised at how sweet and rich they were. Think Peanut Butter Cups on crack. They’re super addictive! And you’ll also love them because they’re ridiculously easy to make. For Trisha’s original recipe click here.
What You’ll Need:
1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) butter, melted
2 cups pretzel, crushed into crumbs (Tip: Leave some pretzel crumbs larger than others for an extra crunch in the bars.)
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup smooth peanut butter and 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
In a bowl, add melted butter, pretzel crumbs, powdered sugar and 1 cup of the peanut butter. Stir together until well combined.
Pour the mixture evenly into the bottom of an ungreased 9-by-13-by-2-inch glass baking dish.
Combine the chocolate chips and the remaining 1/4 cup peanut butter in a bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until the chocolate and peanut butter are melted and smooth; two intervals should be enough. (This should only take about a minute.)
Spread the peanut butter & chocolate mixture over the peanut butter-pretzel layer.
Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before cutting into squares.
Below is the finished product after refrigerating but before cuttting.
Tip: Use a very sharp knife to cut the bars as the refrigerated product is hard as a rock. Also, be sure to refrigerate long enough to prevent crumbling while cutting.