Chocolate Peanut-Butter Bars

Chocolate Peanut Butter Overdose Bars

Chocolate Peanut-Butter Bars

Sometimes, you just need chocolate, right?  Lots and lots of moist, fudge-y cake topped with a layer of peanut butter and smothered in more chocolate fudge icing.

I came across this recipe from a friend, and I’ve modified it to eliminate the artificial ingredients, and I cut the fudge icing by half.  It’s made with 50% whole wheat/50% unbleached flour, organic peanut butter and natural cocoa.  It makes a 9X13″ pan and – I’m tellin’ ya – just a small piece will send your guests into Chocolate Orbit.

To top it off, it’s a really easy cake to make.  Give it a try!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Overdose Bars

Chocolate Peanut-Butter Bars

Sometimes, you just need chocolate, right? Lots and lots of moist, fudge-y cake topped with a layer of peanut butter and smothered in more chocolate fudge icing.  That’s what you’ll get with these Chocolate Peanut-Butter Bars.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
Servings: 24 Bars
Author: Don Herman

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 cup Unbleached Flour
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 cup Butter
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Buttermilk
  • 2 lg Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 16 oz Peanut Butter no sugar added – important!

Fudge Icing

  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 3 tbsp Buttermilk
  • 4 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 8 oz Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.  Grease and flour a 9X13″ baking pan
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar and baking soda with a whisk.  Set aside.
  • Combine water, buttermilk and eggs in a medium bowl and whisk until slightly frothy.
  • Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Stir in cocoa powder until combined.  Then add the buttermilk mixture.
  • Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until just evenly boiling.
  • Add this HOT mixture to the flour and beat until smooth – maybe 2 minutes or so. Add vanilla midway.
  • Spread the batter into your prepared pan.
  • Bake at 350 F for 35 minutes, or until a pick comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and cool in the pan on a wire rack for about 10 minutes.  Spread the peanut butter gently over the warm cake.  Then let it cool completely.

Fudge Icing

  • Place the sugar in a large mixing bowl.  Melt the butter over medium heat (you can use the same pan you used before – less clean-up!)
  • Add the buttermilk, then cocoa and stir constantly until mixture boils as before
  • Pour the HOT mixture over the sugar and beat until smooth. It should reach an almost pourable consistency – if it turns dough-y, you’ll need a little bit more melted butter and buttermilk.
  • Stir in vanilla.  Gently spread the icing over the peanut butter, then let the icing set for a while in a cool place (I covered mine with foil and put it in the fridge for about 30 minutes).
    Slice and serve.

Notes

As I mentioned, this cake is very, very rich, so I sliced it into small bars.  Once the icing sets, it cuts cleanly and you can see the nice layering of the peanut butter and fudge.  I got 24 bars out of it.

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