January 27, 2012

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

I was in the mood for dessert, but looking through my pantry didn't inspire me. So I went to Pinterest and entered yellow cake mix (because I had one of those) to see what what would pop up. 

How excited was I when I saw this! 

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I clicked on the picture and got taken to the blog "The Girl Who Ate Everything" and the recipe for this delicious treat. The original recipe called for 12 oz of chocolate chips but I didn't have any of those. I did have an 8 oz box of Baker's baking chocolate squares, so that's what I used. And no one, aside from me, in my house likes coconut so I skipped that. Here's what I ended up using:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

1 (18.25) package yellow cake mix
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 eggs

8 oz semi-sweet chocolate (I used Baker's baking chocolate squares)
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 Tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Combine cake mix, melted butter, peanut butter, and eggs in a large bowl using a mixer or spoon. Press this into a 9X13 pan reserving 1 1/2 cup of the mixture to crumble on top.
In a small pot, melt chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, and butter. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla
Spread chocolate mixture over the mixture pressed in the pan and then crumble the 1 1/2 cups of reserved cake mixture on top evenly.
Bake for 20-25 minutes. 

Here's how mine looked fresh from the oven

Cool completely before cutting into bars.