Chocolate Peanut Butter-Fudge Bars Recipe

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Your favorite candy can also be your favorite bar. These Chocolate Peanut Butter-Fudge Bars are perfect for bake sales, Valentine's Day, and a regular Tuesday night. Allow enough time for the top layer of melted chocolate to firm up before slicing these triple-decker bars. Leftovers can be covered and stored in the refrigerator up to three days, perfect for drop-in guests or last-minute dinner parties.

Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs
Yield:
32 bars

Ingredients

  • Baking spray with flour

  • 1 (18 3⁄4-oz.) pkg. brownie mix (such as Ghirardelli)

  • 1 (10-oz.) pkg. peanut butter chips (about 1 3⁄4 cups)

  • 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Pinch of salt

  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

  • 3/4 cup heavy cream

  • 1/2 cup roasted salted peanuts, chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 13- x 9-inch baking pan with baking spray with flour. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions in prepared pan, baking at 350°F until a wooden pick inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 25 minutes. (Baking times may vary among brownie mixes.) Cool completely, about 1 hour.

  2. Place peanut butter chips, sweetened condensed milk, peanut butter, vanilla, and salt in a medium microwavable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 1 minute. Stir until smooth. Spoon over cooled brownies, spreading in an even layer.

  3. Place chocolate chips and cream in a small microwavable bowl. Microwave on HIGH until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth, about 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Pour over peanut butter mixture on brownies, spreading in an even layer. Refrigerate brownies until top chocolate layer is firm, about 1 hour. Sprinkle with peanuts. Slice into 32 bars.

    Peanut Butter-Fudge Bars
    Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer
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