Triple Layer Peanut Bars

A peanut butter shortbread crust with a peanut butter filling and topped off with a layer of chocolate and a sprinkling of peanuts. Ah yes, that wonderful peanut butter and chocolate combination! How can you go wrong? :D This recipe is wonderful for those of us that want to indulge just a little bit but not have a carload of sweets hanging around the house for days. This recipe only makes 6 two-inch square servings. It is baked in a 9×5 inch loaf pan and is wonderful dessert for four to six people.

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Triple Layer Peanut Bars

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For the Bottom Layer:

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

For the Filling:

  • 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup salted dry roasted peanuts, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons milk chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup salted dry roasted peanuts, chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the flat beater attached, cream butter, brown sugar, peanut butter and vanilla on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the flour and mix at low speed until well combined, about 1 minute (the mixture will be crumbly)
  3. Press mixture into the bottom of the prepared loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until set and lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack to cool while you make the filling.
  4. To make the filling in a small saucepan over low heat, cook and stir the milk and butter until mixture comes to a boil and thickens. Remove from the heat; stir in peanuts and vanilla. Spread evenly over crust.
  5. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until set. Immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips; let stand for a few minutes to soften, then spread over filling. Sprinkle with peanuts. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

Yields: 6 bars

Source: The Taste of Home Cookbook

28 Responses to “Triple Layer Peanut Bars”

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — August 20, 2011 @ 2:01 pm

    That’s almost peanut butter overload. Oh wait, that’s not possible. Looks awesome.

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    Junia — August 20, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

    Pb and choc together is heaven! I love this!

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    Baking Serendipity — August 20, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

    I love all the peanut butter in this bar! Perfect to sneak into lunchboxes for a smile :) Happy weekend!

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    jennknee — August 20, 2011 @ 4:42 pm

    mmmmm this looks simply wonderful!

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    Kelly — August 20, 2011 @ 5:26 pm

    Yummy these look so delicious, what a great dessert! :)

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    alex — August 20, 2011 @ 7:16 pm

    I love this! wow, but I think it would be a serving for one person in my house! :)

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    chocolateandcarrots — August 20, 2011 @ 7:37 pm

    The perfect blend of peanut butter and chocolate. Yum!!!! :-)

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    Maris (in Good Taste) — August 20, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

    Bookmarked for tomorrow!

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    Hester aka The Chef Doc — August 20, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

    What peanut butter heaven!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — August 20, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

    Yum! I am a sucker for all things chocolate and peanut butter!

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    Sandra — August 20, 2011 @ 8:33 pm

    Peanut Butter Bliss!

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    muppy — August 20, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

    no i cannot resist hence i cannot make!!!!

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    Cassie [Bake Your Day] — August 20, 2011 @ 10:55 pm

    My kind of bar! I love peanut anything, especially triple peanut!

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    ChgoJohn — August 21, 2011 @ 2:15 am

    This looks like a great recipe and I love that it makes a relatively small amount. Can’t wait to try it.

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    Valerie — August 21, 2011 @ 6:40 am

    Mmm loove those bars! I’ve just bookmarked them ;)

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — August 21, 2011 @ 8:02 am

    These bars look unbelievable! I think I’d be scared to make them because there is a good chance I’d eat them all!

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    briarrose — August 21, 2011 @ 8:44 am

    This totally calls to my peanut butter loving heart. Lovely little bars.

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    Judy — August 21, 2011 @ 10:43 am

    You are on a peanut butter roll here and it’s killin’ me! I am pretty good at resisting sweets, but peanut butter and chocolate surely do me in … thanks!

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — August 21, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

    Yum, these look GOOD. We bloggers must all be on similar wavelengths – I thought up a recipe very similar to this that I’m making tomorrow. :)

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    thefooddoctor — August 21, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

    I love the fact that this makes just 6
    Even of you go crazy you can only east 6 lol

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    Deb — August 21, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

    An irresistible combination: chocolate and peanut butter! Definitely making these soon! Thanks for sharing such a temptation!

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    Erin — August 21, 2011 @ 10:35 pm

    Peanut butter in anything is awesome, but three layers!? Yay!

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    Tres Delicious — August 22, 2011 @ 2:00 am

    Mmmmmmm… I can feel the gooey stuff in here and the bars look delicately done.

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    Sandi — August 22, 2011 @ 8:45 am

    You’re into pb & chocolate, YUM!
    Have you tried any of the Peanut Butter & Co pb, some of my favs!

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    Angela FRS — August 22, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

    Those look amazing–all of my favorite stuff, in one handy package.

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    RavieNomNoms — August 22, 2011 @ 4:24 pm

    Yesss please! These look amazing…

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    Mark — August 25, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

    You really got my mouth to water with these. Great work!

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