Saturday, August 4, 2012

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Do you love rich chocolate and creamy peanut butter together?
These bars are full of rich chocolate and peanut butter flavor…what could be better than that!

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars           Serves 16
First layer is the crust:
22 Chocolate Wafers, finely crushed (use gluten free similar item such as gluten free graham crackers)
1/4 cup sugar
4 Tbsp butter, melted

Second layer is the peanut butter filling:
6 packed Tbsp dark brown sugar
2 cups powdered sugar
6 Tbsp butter, softened
1 1/3 cups creamy peanut butter

Third layer is chocolate ganache:
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 Tbsp heavy cream

Preheat oven to 375    Spray a 9"x9" square pan with non-stick cooking spray

First layer:
Crush chocolate wafers in a food processer. Put crumbs in a small bowl. Add sugar and stir well. Add melted butter and mix well. Press into bottom of prepared pan. Bake for 8 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack.

Second layer:
In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients for filling. Mix well. Set aside.

Third layer:
Combine chocolate chips and cream in a small pan. Stir and heat over medium heat until melted and smooth. Spread 1/4 cup of ganache over cooled crust (first layer). Place in freezer for 5-10 minutes.

When thin layer of ganache is set, remove from freezer and spread second layer (filling) over thin layer of ganache. Using hands to do this works best.

Spread the remaining ganache (third layer) over peanut butter filling. Cover with plastic wrap and return to freezer for about an hour, or refrigerate until firm.

Cut into desired size of squares.  I cut these into 16 squares, but they could be cut smaller.


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