Okay so I know there are a million recipes online for chocolate peanut butter bars or chocolate peanut butter cups…but this recipe!! I swear by it. I have become known solely because of this recipe (“the girl that made the peanut butter bars,” “Kelly’s Peanut Butter Dream,” etc.) And I have tried several other recipes, but none I have liked as much as this one, that I adapted from an old family recipe. For me, finding the perfect recipe for chocolate peanut butter bars is like the quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie. It’s just a must have! My original recipe I make into bars by pressing the mixture into a 9×13-inch baking pan, but I have made these a few times for a bake sale and for a wedding dessert table, and had issues making the perfect cuts when it came time to cut these into bars. So I solved that problem by turning them into humongous peanut butter cups. They are amazing. And since I think you could probably only eat one in a sitting, it’s like built in portion control!
I made this recipe last week and it made about 30 large peanut butter cups. I sold the peanut butter cups at the salon where I get my hair did at. The adorable owner of the salon, Michelle, organized a super cute fall boutique on their back patio and invited me to sell some of my baked goods and also let my sister and I set up a booth selling our wreaths! It was super fun, with other local vendors selling clothes, jewelry an other cute things! And I just about sold out of all the goodies I made (more recipes to come). But one thing I realized while I was there at the boutique? I have absolutely no fashion sense. I was in awe of these girls that were dressed so cute and so on trend! I just have never had that talent of putting a chic outfit together. Plus with just gaining 20-lbs I have struggled with dressing my new body. I have been living in maxi dresses and workout clothes. So last night I signed up for Stitch Fix. Have you heard of it? You go online and fill out a style quiz and a stylist puts together a few pieces/outfits and sends them to you in the mail. There’s a $20 styling fee, but if you keep any of the pieces, the fee gets applied to the cost of what you keep. When I receive my “fix” next week, I’ll do a post and show you what I got! Fingers crossed the stylist helps this poor girl out! I also created a fashion Pinterest board, where I pinned all the fashion looks I like, so my stylist could get an idea of what I am looking for. If you sign up for Stitch Fix, put in there that Kelly Mikolich referred you and I’ll get a credit to my account and then I will love you forever!!
Me in all my glory….hawking my baked goods!
My gorgeous sister and I selling the wreaths we decorate!! You can check out and buys wreaths from her website or from her Etsy shop: Booth Family Ranch. Everyone needs a cute wreath for their front door!!
Okay back to business…these chocolate peanut butter cups! A couple of notes: you can make these in a 9×13-inch baking dish or cupcake lined cupcake pans. If you use a baking dish, I suggest lining with foil and spraying with cooking spray for easier removal and cleanup. Also, as much as I love my Kitchen Aid mixer, mix this by hand. I tried to be lazy once and mixed it in my Kitchen Aid and it messed with the texture. These are super easy to make, which can be trouble, and don’t require any baking and only a few ingredients! Yay!!
Chocolate Peanut Butter CupsPrint Recipe
- 2 cups creamy peanut butter (I used regular Skippy brand)
- 1 cup butter, melted
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 3/4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 2/3 cups crushed Nilla Wafer cookies
- Chocolate ToppIng:
- 4 cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter, divided
Line three cupcake pans with cupcake liners. Set aside. Place Nilla Wafers in a ziplock bag and pound the shit out of the cookies until they become crumbs. I use the peanut butter jar or my elbow. Whatever's easiest! Love my food processor, but cleaning it? Thats a whole different story. Plus I like if there are still a few larger chunks left of the Nilla Wafers. It gives a nice texture to the peanut butter cups. Leftover crumbs can be stored for later use as an ice cream topping. My husband is a firefighter and my brother-in-law is a firefighter, and if you know firefighters, then you know they love ice cream as mush as us cops love donuts!
Melt the two sticks (one cup) of butter in the microwave in a large microwave safe bowl. Add the peanut butter into the melted butter and stir. Add two teaspoons of vanilla extract to the butter mixture. Next, add the powdered sugar into the butter mixture, cup by cup, stirring by hand. Make sure each cup of sugar is incorporated into the butter mixture before you add the next cup of sugar. After the sugar is incorporated into the butter mixture, add your cookie crumbs and stir until well mixed.
Use a cookie scoop to scoop approximately three tablespoons of the cookie mixture into each cupcake liner. Push the mixture down to the bottom the the liner.
Place the cupcake pans in the fridge to chill for 15-minutes.
After the cookie cups have chilled, prepare your chocolate topping. In a microwave safe bowl, place two cups semisweet chocolate chips and one tablespoon peanut butter. Microwave in 10-second intervals, stirring in between. Be careful not to scorch your chocolate or over cook it. And whatever you do DO NOT WALK AWAY FROM THE CHOCOLATE MELTING IN THE MICROWAVE! I may or may not have done this once, which resulted in my chocolate and bowl catching on fire in the microwave. I won't confirm or deny this, since there were no witnesses, but don't leave your chocolate unattended while you are melting it. It only takes me 1 to 1-1/2 minutes to melt the chocolate.
Remove one cupcake pan from the fridge and use your cookie scoop to scoop the desired amount of chocolate on top of the cookie mixture. I filled mine to the top and it was a pretty substantial layer of chocolate. Continue filling the cookie cups with chocolate until you run out of chocolate. Make your second batch of chocolate topping and finishing filling the rest of your cups. Put cupcake pans back in the fridge to set.
After chocolate has set, remove the cookie cups from the cupcake pan and store in an airtight container. Peanut butter cups will keep for at least a week in the fridge.
If you want to make these into bars, press all of the cookie mixture into your greased 9x13-inch pan and chill in the fridge for 15-minutes. Prepare chocolate topping as above (you can use 2 cups of chocolate chips for a thinner layer of chocolate or all 4 cups if you want a thicker layer), and spoon the melted chocolate mixture on top of the cookie mixture. Put back in the fridge to chill. Once the chocolate has set, remove the pan from the fridge and let it sit on the counter for 10-minutes so it is easier to cut. Cut into bars and store in an airtight container in the fridge.
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I linked this recipe up to one of my favorite Link Parties!! A link party is where bloggers get to link up their posts with everyone else all on one page (hosted by Buns In My Oven)! You can check out the link party here: What’s Cooking Wednesday #187