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Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

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Ingredients

24 peanut butter sandwich cookies
5 tablespoons butter, melted
2 (12 ounce) packages semisweet chocolate chips
1 (12 ounce) package milk chocolate chips
1-2/3 cups peanut butter
3 tablespoons butter
7 cups Rice Chex cereal

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

  • Serves 24
  • Easy

About This Recipe

I am always thinking of recipes to use one of my favorite combinations: chocolate chips melted with peanut butter. The peanut butter mellows out the chocolate, making it extremely mild, smooth, and creamy, and adding another layer of flavor. And the combination stays soft and creamy, yet you can still pick it up with your fingers and eat it.

This recipe is kind of like homemade Kit Kat bars. The Rice Chex cereal provides the perfect amount of crunch in the chocolate-peanut butter mixture. The cereal stays crisp and crunchy too, which is kind of like a miracle. Oh – and they’re no bake!

This recipe uses three packages of chocolate chips. I don’t know of a more decadent recipe!

And the peanut butter sandwich cookie base is the perfect complement to the rich topping. Make these bars soon! They will disappear in a flash.

Why this recipe works:

  • Chocolate chips and peanut butter, melted together in the right proportions, create an excellent base for any frosting or bar cookie topping. About 2 cups of chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of peanut butter will make an excellent mixture that firms up but stays soft.
  • Peanut butter sandwich cookies are sturdy enough for the base, but the frosting in the middle makes the base tender.
  • The Rice Chex is the perfect crunch factor in these cookie bars. They are tender enough so the bars aren’t hard to eat, but are sturdy enough so they stand up to the chocolate mixture and don’t get soggy.
  • Part of the chocolate mixture is held back for the frosting; kind of a self-frosting, if you will. That’s the perfect finishing touch.

 

Steps

1
Done

Crush the sandwich cookies, either by putting them into a ziplock bag and smashing them with a rolling pin, or grinding them in a food processor. Combine with the 5 tablespoons melted butter and mix well. Press into a 13" x 9" pan.

2
Done

In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the semisweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, peanut butter, and 3 tablespoons butter.

3
Done

Microwave the chocolate mixture on high for 2-3 minutes, stirring after each minute, until the mixture is melted and smooth.

4
Done

Now remove 2 cups of the melted chocolate mixture for the topping.

5
Done

Stir the Rice Chex into the larger amount of melted chocolate until combined. Spoon over the peanut butter cookie crust and spread evenly. Press down lightly with the back of a spoon.

6
Done

Now spoon the reserved 2 cups melted chocolate mixture on top of the cereal layer and spread until smooth. Let stand until set, then cut into bars. You can chill the bars for about an hour to speed up the setting time if you can't wait! Store them, covered, at room temperature.

lindaBest

Linda is a home economist who has authored 40 books (39 cookbooks and Medical Ethics for Dummies). She has worked for Pillsbury since 1988, on the Bake-Off and other projects. Linda has been a web presence since 2002, developing recipes and teaching people how to cook.

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