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!
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.
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.
I also love these dessert bars because they cut really easily and they aren’t super messy.
Get the recipe below—you’re going to love these!
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with parchment paper or foil, or lightly grease pan; set aside.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.