Peanut Butter Fudge Bars

When I decided that I wanted to create a peanut butter bar, I knew almost immediatly I wanted to steal the fudge fillling from these delicious oatmeal chocolate bars. I stumbled across those bars a few years ago and they are super yummy.  Once I knew the filling it was pretty easy to toss together a quick peanut butter cookie crust. The hardest part of these bars for me is making sure I bake them long enough, I am a known undebaker. The other key to the success of these bars is letting them cool long enough, they will be a gooey mess (but still quite tasty) if you don’t let them cool completely.  Let’s get down to baking.First thing I do is cream together the butter and the peanut butter, to that I add the sugars and beat everything together for a few minutes on a medium speed.0223B0D4-4EC4-465B-9257-40FFC128C944

Then I add my eggs and beat well after each one.  Then I dump in the vanilla, baking soda, salt and flour, and beat again until everything is just combined, carful not to over mix now that the flour is in play.  I take my batter and add a little over half of it to the bottom of a parchment lined 13×9 inch baking dish.  (Actually mine is 13 and a half by 9 and a half which is so odd) I use my cute little offset spatula to spread it evenly.2FD23E83-A7F7-45EA-814F-F55DC18A6B46

Now, time to start on the delicious fudgy filling.  I melt together my chocolate chips, butter, and sweetened condensed milk over a medium low heat.  I always want to bump the heat to high and speed up this process, but its a bad idea, nothing is worse than burnt chocolate.AD1FAD72-B10F-42B2-979B-FDF1069FA892

After about five minutes everything is melted and I pour the mixture over my peanut butter base.92D9736E-4286-44FF-9E81-1048F74C635B

I spread the chocolate out, and then drop spoonfuls ofthe rest of the peanut butter batter on top.131C670A-5347-47A7-9E9A-352D3C16C37D

Into the oven it goes, for about forty five minutes. 9FD2E9C6-0D13-4A4D-934B-117827CFFE50

Let it cool for at least an hour before you try and cut into it.  I just pick the whole thing up by the parchment sides and put it right onto a cutting board.07866911-5A7B-43A9-9714-F646537A2D4F

You can see by the top right corner, I was unable to resist a little taste while it was still warm in the pan.

Peanut Butter Fudge Bars

  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Butter, room temperature
  • 1 Cup Peanut Butter
  • 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 2 Cups Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 Cup Butter
  • 1 14 Oz Can of Sweetened Condensed Milk

Directions

    Preheat oven to 350°
  1. Beat together 1 cup of butter and peanut butter.
  2. Add Sugar and continue to beat until well combined.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each egg. Scrape Down bowl and beat for another minute.
  4. Add in vanilla, baking soda, salt, and flour,  mix until just combined.
  5. Spread a little over half of batter evenly in a parchment lined 13×9 inch pan.
  6. Add 1/4 Cup butter, chocolate chips, and sweetened condensed milk to a small pot over medium low heat. Heat, stirring continuously until butter and chocolate chips are melted.
  7. Pour chocolate mixture over peanut butter batter and spread evenly.
  8. Drop spoonfuls of the remaining peanut butter batter over the chocolate.
  9. Bake for 45 minutes or until batter is set and slightly browned on top.
  10. Cool completely and cut into squares.

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