Friday, March 2, 2012

Killer Peanut Butter Bars

A couple of weeks ago, I asked you guys on Facebook for a killer peanut butter bars recipe. Just like with the cinnamon rolls, you guys gave me some great recommendations.

I pinned a lot of the recipes and got to work cooking and taste-testing.
My family has eaten a lot of different peanut butter bars in the last couple of weeks.

First up was from One More Moore.

If you like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, then you will love these. They taste just like them.
The nice thing about these is they whip up pretty fast because there is no baking involved.
My husband LOVED them. In fact, they were his favorite out of all the different recipes I tried. They were a little rich for my taste, but I don’t really like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (gasp I know…don’t hate me please?)

So I sent them to work with my husband. They were a hit because two of his co-workers asked me for the recipe.

These were definitely more of the baked peanut butter bar taste I was going for. My favorite part about these bars was the frosting. It’s Hershey’s Cocoa Best Frosting and it was scrumptious. However, I found the bars themselves to be a little too thick and dry for my taste. Don’t get me wrong….they were good enough to eat the whole pan, but this was my least favorite of the recipes I made and I probably wouldn’t make them again. These also took quite a bit of time to make because everything had to set and cool before you moved on to the next layer (crust, peanut butter, chocolate frosting).

I’ve had used some of Sumo’s recipes before, so I knew she made good stuff. And these were good! They had the baked taste I wanted, they weren’t too thick or dry, and they were much faster to make than the previous recipe. The frosting uses semi-sweet chocolate chips so it wasn’t too rich or sweet.
I actually thought they tasted better the next day after they had set a bit more, which means we ate even more and the entire pan was soon gone.

I still had a couple of recipes to try…

School Lunch PB Bars
My friend recommended them to me and said “Remember the ones we used to always eat in middle school? These taste just like them.” Guess what? They did! This was the recipe I was looking for!!!! Absolutely delicious!
The crust texture was just right. The frosting was delish. I loved them!
Again I thought they tasted better the day after. I’m surprised they lasted that long, but don’t you worry, they were quickly gone!
These were my favorite recipe, but a very close second was the fifth recipe I made.

Tonia’s Peanut Butter Bars shared on my Facebook page on January 26, 2012.
After baking the crust part, you sprinkle a layer of chocolate chips on it while still hot, then spread the chocolate, then you top it off with a yummy peanut butter frosting. Yummy! Like I said, these were a very close second. Actually, I’m not sure I can say of the two which I liked better. Maybe I should just say they were a tie. We devoured these within 24 hours. My mom was in town and loved them also. She’s a pretty selective eater, so that’s really saying something. Thanks Tonia for sharing!!!

So there you have it. 5 different peanut butter bars recipes, and my opinion about each of them.
Have you made any of these recipes? Did you have a favorite? Or is there another recipe I must know about? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Happy Cooking!


  1. peanut butter is my favorite! pretty sure i'll be trying all of these :)

  2. Funny! I've been looking for the same recipe lately, but I thought they had some rice krispies in them? I will have to try these.

  3. I'm hosting a mom's night out tonight and I was going to make chocolate chip cookies. I changed my mind. Actually, you changed my mind :) I'm going to make one of these recipes instead!

  4. my all-time favorite - it's not quite a peanut butter bar, but it's SO good!!

  5. Glad you liked my bars! I can't wait to try some of those other recipes. Peanut butter bars are definitely my favorite baked treat!

  6. Mmmm this looks fantastic and peanut butter cookies are my favorites cookies so really anything with peanut butter rocks! I'm excited to give this a try, thanx!


  7. Hi Tam, I'm licking my lips, LOL I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  8. That's a lot of peanut butter Tam! :) Thanks for the tips- I'm going to have to give some of these a try- we're big chocolate and peanut butter fans in this house.


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