Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Bars

easy chocolate peanut butter dessert

I apologize. I just left you all here wondering if I had met my demise in a big vat of melted chocolate. Or perhaps I had eaten one too many slices of bacon and suffered some sort of medical emergency? Or maybe I just ate too many of the goodies found on this blog and gained so much weight that my laptop no longer actually fit on my lap and therefore I could no longer blog.

None of the above were true. I abandoned my blog for good reason though. Our house just recently went on the market, and surprise! People want to come and look at it! And they expect it to be clean! And baking just means I have to hide more dishes in my dishwasher (and, yes, sometimes the oven as well) when people call up and ask to drop by in 30 minutes. My dishwasher is full enough and I didn’t have the room for mixing bowls and baking dishes!

The only thing that has come out of my kitchen lately has been, well, piles of dirt after I’ve swept up the floor for the fifteenth time. Selling a house is hard work and most of that work is done with a broom. I hate brooms. I also hate wood floors. And dirt. I really hate dirt.

(The main reason for all the dirt? This boy. Boys are full of dirt. It’s a fact.)

Today I decided that I was going to make a mess in the kitchen and whip up some delicious treats. If a realtor happened to call and ask to see my house I was going to say no. I was going to say my blog is more important than selling this house and I must make these chocolate peanut butter candy bars to share with my blog and please don’t make me sweep my floors again today.

Thankfully (I think) nobody was interested in seeing my house today.

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Bars are divine. They are full of (you guessed it!) chocolate and peanut butter (duh!) and also some graham cracker crumbs and ritz crackers. Oh, yes. These little guys are delicious.

Graham cracker crumbs, sugar, milk, and butter melt together on the stove to create the yummy, chewy, sticky, and gooey filling that binds this all together. It’s spread over layers of ritz crackers and then topped off with melted chocolate and peanut butter.

The end result is something amazing. My kids cried when they took their first bites. That might have been because I was shouting something about how if they got one single crumb on the kitchen floor they’d have to lick it up, because so help me, I am not sweeping the floor again for as long as I live! Then again, maybe they were just crying because these bars are so darn delicious. It’s hard to say.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Bars

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup white sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter, cubed
1/3 cup milk
2 sleeves Ritz crackers (about 80 crackers)
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/4 cups peanut butter

Directions:

In a large saucepan, combine the cracker crumbs, sugars, butter, and milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook and stir for about 5 minutes more.

Grease a 9x13 pan and place a single layer of Ritz crackers along the bottom. Top with half of the graham cracker crumb mixture. Repeat layers once and then top with the remaining Ritz crackers.

In a microwave safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and peanut butter. Microwave on low, stopping to stir occasionally. Do not over cook or the chocolate will burn. Pour over the crackers and refrigerate until firm. Cut into bars and enjoy!

adapted from Taste Of Home, April/May 2010

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41 Responses to “Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Bars”

  1. the wicked noodle March 23, 2010 @ 4:08 pm (#
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    Wow, I’m posting something very similar this week! Your version looks super yummy!! :-)

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  2. MamaBug March 23, 2010 @ 6:58 pm (#
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    I have no Ritz crackers. OHMYGOD!
    I am running out to buy some now!

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  3. shelly (cookies and cups) March 23, 2010 @ 7:37 pm (#
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    this is SO something I would make! Love love love these already!

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  4. grace March 24, 2010 @ 5:39 am (#
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    what an adorable kid–i love that grin. :)
    meanwhile, i’ve made something similar to this using saltines. note to self–buttery ritz crackers would be SO MUCH BETTER. awesome, karly!
    good luck with the house sale!

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  5. Sara March 24, 2010 @ 6:58 am (#
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    This is SO on my list to make for this weekend! I wonder what would happen if I used the new Ritz half-pretzel/half-Ritz munchies? I bet it would be super-tasty! Maybe I’ll try that….

    Good luck with the house sale!

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  6. Amanda March 24, 2010 @ 8:51 am (#
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    Yes. I want these. Thank you so much for ruining my day because now nothing will seem right until I make them!! :)

    Great pictures!

    Blessings-
    Amanda

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  7. Maria March 24, 2010 @ 1:59 pm (#
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    Love this treat! YUM!

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  8. Lea March 24, 2010 @ 6:22 pm (#
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    These sound delicious! I may try them but use graham crackers instead. Thanks!

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  9. Betty March 25, 2010 @ 2:02 pm (#
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    I saw these on Tastespotting last night and immediately had to make them…they were awesome! I have always loved peanut butter sandwiched between Ritz crackers and dipped in chocolate. These were even better… Thanks for the recipe!
    http://scrambledhenfruit.blogspot.com/2010/03/chocolate-peanut-butter-crispy-bars.html

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  10. Keri R. March 25, 2010 @ 4:24 pm (#
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    These look so good! I will be making them on Sunday!

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  11. Sinful Southern Sweets March 25, 2010 @ 5:19 pm (#
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    Wow! This looks too good!! Definately making this ASAP!

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  12. Jen @ How To: Simplify March 26, 2010 @ 12:29 pm (#
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    Wow…these look way too good! My husband would love them!

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  13. Melinda March 26, 2010 @ 2:50 pm (#
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    I wonder what this would be like with pretzels instead of Ritz crackers. Hmmm…

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  14. Carrie March 26, 2010 @ 9:41 pm (#
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    These sound so yummy. I want to make some. One problem I live in Australia and have never heard of graham crackers. Does anyone know what I could use instead?

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  15. Karly March 27, 2010 @ 8:36 am (#
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    Carrie,

    Digestive biscuits are pretty similar to graham crackers. I’ve also used shortbread cookies in place of them with good results. Or, if you’re really ambitious, you could make your own graham crackers. Here’s a good recipe: http://www.purplefoodie.com/2009/07/graham-crackers.html

    Enjoy!
    Karly

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  16. Ashley March 27, 2010 @ 4:05 pm (#
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    Okay I must make these but definitely only when I have somewhere to bring them. They look so addictive! I love the crackers in there.

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  17. Barbara March 28, 2010 @ 5:17 am (#
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    I could see a Ritz cracker peeking out in one of your drool-worthy photos! Very unusual and I love the gooey, sticky sweet look!
    (Your son is adorable!)

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  18. Jenny S March 28, 2010 @ 6:52 am (#
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    Made these yesterday, and oh man, I could eat the whole pan!! The way the butter/sugars/crumbs/milk turns into that caramel-y goodness is amazing-thanks for sharing another winner Karly! :)

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  19. Jenny S March 28, 2010 @ 6:54 am (#
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    and I think I used whole wheat ritz by mistake, so they’re even good for you!! ha ha

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  20. The Waspy Redhead March 28, 2010 @ 11:57 am (#
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    OMG these look amazing!

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  21. Reeni March 29, 2010 @ 6:13 pm (#
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    I’m crying because I want one! They look crazy delicious! I love the ritz crackers for the saltiness they add. I’m a sucker for salty peanut butter and chocolate together.

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  22. Megan April 14, 2010 @ 5:43 pm (#
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    These look delicious-a perfect combination of sweet and salty! I just added this to my recipe collection and can’t wait to give it a try!

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  23. MamaBug April 20, 2010 @ 8:43 pm (#
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    I finally made it back to let you know how freakin’ AWESOME these are. Made into my top 5. And the other oatmeal peanutbutter dessert you posted? The one that you have to wait about 5 hours for it to set? THAT is the reason I have no self-control. My number one favorite dessert dear Karly. My fat butt is proof.

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  24. Lisa McRoberts June 4, 2010 @ 2:54 pm (#
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    I have had this recipe on save for quite a while. I just made them last night for my bunko group. OMG, they were awesome! Everyone loved them. Thanks so much for sharing this!

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  25. Duchess of Fork July 25, 2010 @ 3:25 pm (#
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    These look amazing. I’ve bookmarked a billion of your recipes. Looking forward to school starting so I can take all of these delicious treats to my fellow teachers! Too tempting to keep around the house ;)

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  26. Missy @ Sweet with a Few Nuts September 21, 2010 @ 8:06 pm (#
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    These were amazing…thanks so much for sharing! I could have eaten all of that gooey filling by itself. I topped mine with some mini M&Ms, and they turned out really colorful!

    http://www.sweetwithafewnuts.com/chocolate-peanut-butter-candy-bars-oh-my/

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  27. Beth Adams October 17, 2010 @ 8:19 pm (#
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    This is a yummy looking snack. I made something similar last Yule but they were individual treats dipped in chocolate. This looks much less time consuming & just as tasty. Thank!

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  28. Zoe V December 12, 2010 @ 7:29 pm (#
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    These are CRAZY delicious. I cut out one small corner piece after they had just set before I sat down to dinner and my boyfriend and I couldn’t believe how amazing they taste. THANKS!

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  29. Addy February 6, 2011 @ 3:45 pm (#
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    I’m making these today to bring to a Super Bowl Party! I know everyone will love them! Can’t WAIT!

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  30. Kariemae January 22, 2012 @ 4:04 pm (#
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    My family loves them…I just made them this morning. I put them in the fridge to set but if anyone knows….Do they have to stay in the fridge?

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  31. Karly January 23, 2012 @ 9:56 am (#
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    Kariemae,

    I would keep them in the fridge! They get pretty soft at room temp!

    Karly

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  32. MaryAnn February 18, 2012 @ 1:54 pm (#
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    The first time I saw this recipe about 25 years ago, it used Keebler Club Crackers when they still came in sheets of 6 to lay in the pan, 2 layers of them. I have used graham crackers successfully also. Wonderful recipe!

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  33. Danae February 27, 2013 @ 8:16 pm (#
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    My friend made these for our Lent Supper at church last week. They never left the kitchen – these are awesome! They are similar to a Twix Bar recipe I have from a church cookbook, but soooo much gooey-er! I am making them for a potluck tomorrow.

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