Triple Layer Peanut Bars

A peanut butter shortbread crust with a peanut butter filling and topped off with a layer of chocolate and a sprinkling of peanuts. Ah yes, that wonderful peanut butter and chocolate combination! How can you go wrong? 😀 This recipe is wonderful for those of us that want to indulge just a little bit but not have a carload of sweets hanging around the house for days. This recipe only makes 6 two-inch square servings. It is baked in a 9×5 inch loaf pan and is wonderful dessert for four to six people.

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Triple Layer Peanut Bars

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For the Bottom Layer:

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

For the Filling:

  • 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup salted dry roasted peanuts, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons milk chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup salted dry roasted peanuts, chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the flat beater attached, cream butter, brown sugar, peanut butter and vanilla on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the flour and mix at low speed until well combined, about 1 minute (the mixture will be crumbly)
  3. Press mixture into the bottom of the prepared loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until set and lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack to cool while you make the filling.
  4. To make the filling in a small saucepan over low heat, cook and stir the milk and butter until mixture comes to a boil and thickens. Remove from the heat; stir in peanuts and vanilla. Spread evenly over crust.
  5. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until set. Immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips; let stand for a few minutes to soften, then spread over filling. Sprinkle with peanuts. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

Yields: 6 bars

Source: The Taste of Home Cookbook

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28 Responses to Triple Layer Peanut Bars

  1. That’s almost peanut butter overload. Oh wait, that’s not possible. Looks awesome.

  2. Junia says:

    Pb and choc together is heaven! I love this!

  3. I love all the peanut butter in this bar! Perfect to sneak into lunchboxes for a smile 🙂 Happy weekend!

  4. jennknee says:

    mmmmm this looks simply wonderful!

  5. Kelly says:

    Yummy these look so delicious, what a great dessert! 🙂

  6. alex says:

    I love this! wow, but I think it would be a serving for one person in my house! 🙂

  7. The perfect blend of peanut butter and chocolate. Yum!!!! 🙂

  8. Yum! I am a sucker for all things chocolate and peanut butter!

  9. Sandra says:

    Peanut Butter Bliss!

  10. muppy says:

    no i cannot resist hence i cannot make!!!!

  11. My kind of bar! I love peanut anything, especially triple peanut!

  12. ChgoJohn says:

    This looks like a great recipe and I love that it makes a relatively small amount. Can’t wait to try it.

  13. Valerie says:

    Mmm loove those bars! I’ve just bookmarked them 😉

  14. These bars look unbelievable! I think I’d be scared to make them because there is a good chance I’d eat them all!

  15. briarrose says:

    This totally calls to my peanut butter loving heart. Lovely little bars.

  16. Judy says:

    You are on a peanut butter roll here and it’s killin’ me! I am pretty good at resisting sweets, but peanut butter and chocolate surely do me in … thanks!

  17. Yum, these look GOOD. We bloggers must all be on similar wavelengths – I thought up a recipe very similar to this that I’m making tomorrow. 🙂

  18. I love the fact that this makes just 6
    Even of you go crazy you can only east 6 lol

  19. Deb says:

    An irresistible combination: chocolate and peanut butter! Definitely making these soon! Thanks for sharing such a temptation!

  20. Erin says:

    Peanut butter in anything is awesome, but three layers!? Yay!

  21. Mmmmmmm… I can feel the gooey stuff in here and the bars look delicately done.

  22. Sandi says:

    You’re into pb & chocolate, YUM!
    Have you tried any of the Peanut Butter & Co pb, some of my favs!

  23. Angela FRS says:

    Those look amazing–all of my favorite stuff, in one handy package.

  24. RavieNomNoms says:

    Yesss please! These look amazing…

  25. Mark says:

    You really got my mouth to water with these. Great work!

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