Thursday, August 12, 2010

Peanut Butter Crispy Bars

I know it is starting to seem like lately all I do is make desserts with the PB&Chocolate combo. While that may be true, this bar was actually made almost 2 months ago. *GASP* I know, I know. It happens. Recipes fall to the bottom of the draft folder and are forgotten.

I promise this was not forgotten because of taste. These were fantastic! A very grown-up rice krispie treat with a delicious peanut butter and chocolate filling and a chocolate topping. Yum, yum, and yum!


Peanut Butter Crispy Bars
Baked: New Frontiers in Baking

For the crispy crust:

1 ¾ cups crisped rice cereal
¼ cup sugar
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the milk chocolate peanut butter layer:

5 ounces good-quality milk chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 cup creamy peanut butter

For the chocolate icing:

3 ounces dark chocolate (60% to 72% cacao), coarsely chopped
½ teaspoon light corn syrup
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter

Make the crispy crust:

Lightly spray a paper towel with nonstick spray and use it to rub the bottom and sides of an 8-inch square baking pan

Put the cereal in a large bowl and set aside.

Pour ¼ cup water into a small saucepan. Gently add the sugar and corn syrup (do not let any sugar or syrup get on the sides of the pan) and use a small wooden spoon to stir the mixture until just combined. Put a candy thermometer in the saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat and bring to a boil; cook until mixture reaches the soft ball stage, 235 degrees F.

Remove from the heat, stir in the butter, and pour the mixture over the cereal. Working quickly, stir until the cereal is thoroughly coated, then pour it into the prepared pan. Using your hands, press the mixture into the bottom of the pan (do not press up the sides. Let the crust cool to room temperature while you make the next layer.

Make the milk chocolate peanut butter layer:

In a large nonreactive metal bowl, stir together the chocolate and the peanut butter.

Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and cook, stirring with a rubber spatula, until the mixture is smooth. Remove the bowl from the pan and stir for about 30 seconds to cool slightly. Pour the mixture over the cooled crust. Put the pan n the refrigerator for 1 hour, or until the top layer hardens.

Make the chocolate icing:

In a large nonreactive metal bowl, combine the chocolate, corn syrup, and butter.

Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and cook, stirring with a rubber spatula, until the mixture is completely smooth. Remove the bowl from the pan and stir for 30 seconds to cool slightly. and pour the mixture over the chilled milk chocolate peanut butter layer and spread into and even layer. Put the pan in the refrigerator for 1 hour or until the topping hardens.

Cut into 9 squares and serve. The bars can be stored in the refrigerator, covered tightly, for up to 4 days.

7 comments:

SnoWhite said...

my mom used to make these -- yum!

Eliana said...

I never get tired or chocolate peanut butter stuff. These look awesome.

The Grows said...

They use to sell these at school and I loved them. I will totally have to make them soon.

Ingrid said...

I'm okay with all the chocolate & PB...I told you your list was getting out of control. :)
~ingrid

Patsyk said...

PB & chocolate are a perfect combination! I've made something similar and they don't last long!

teresa said...

these are one of my favorite treats, they remind me of my childhood!

megan said...

You know - pb and chocolate is my absolute favorite combo. I am dying to make those bars but need to scale it down so I don't eat the whole pan. Yummy!

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