Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Peanut butter, chocolate and a hint of coffee make these chocolate peanut butter bars my current favorite sweet treats. I’ve made these bars twice this month!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars - These chewy bars are the perfect combination of peanut butter, chocolate and a hint of coffee flavor. This is my favorite easy dessert bar.

This is a really simple dessert to make that hits the spot with just the right amount of sweetness. They are chewy, with just a little crispiness around the edges, and the chocolate frosting is out of this world.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars - These chewy bars are the perfect combination of peanut butter, chocolate and a hint of coffee flavor. This is my favorite easy dessert bar.

I think the coffee used in the recipe really makes these bars special. You’ll taste just a hint of rich coffee flavor in every bite, but it’s definitely not overpowering, and if you didn’t know that there was coffee in the recipe you may not even notice this layer of flavor.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars - These chewy bars are the perfect combination of peanut butter, chocolate and a hint of coffee flavor. This is my favorite easy dessert bar.

I also love these dessert bars because they cut really easily and they aren’t super messy.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars - These chewy bars are the perfect combination of peanut butter, chocolate and a hint of coffee flavor. This is my favorite easy dessert bar.

Get the recipe below—you’re going to love these!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Ingredients:

Bars

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

Frosting

  • 1 12-ounce package semisweet chocolate pieces
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup hot strong coffee
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with parchment paper or foil, or lightly grease pan; set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl beat the 3/4 cup butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar. Beat until combined ,scraping sides of bowl occasionally.Beat in egg, vanilla, and salt until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour.
  3. Transfer dough to the prepared baking pan spreading evenly ( I pressed with my hands). Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until edges are golden. Cool on wire rack.

 Frosting

  1. In a small saucepan cook and stir chocolate pieces and the 3 tablespoons butter over low heat until melted and  smooth. Transfer to a medium bowl. Stir in peanut butter and coffee until combined. Stir in powdered sugar until smooth. Spread uncut bars with frosting. Let stand until frosting is set. Cut into bars. Makes 24 bars.

To store: Place bars in a single layer in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 2 days.

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