If you love peanut butter and chocolate together, these layer bars are for you. Simple yellow cake mix is tweaked with the addition of creamy peanut butter and butter to create a rich peanut butter cake layer. Then, melted chocolate chips are mixed with sweetened condensed milk for a fudgy chocolate layer. Top the whole thing off with some of the reserved peanut butter mixture for a truly decadent triple-layer bar.
Peanut butter mixture:
- 1 package yellow cake mix
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Add all of the ingredients for the peanut butter mixture to a medium-sized mixing bowl. Combine well using an electric mixer.
- Reserve 1-1/2 cups of the peanut butter mixture. Press the rest of the mixture in the bottom of a 13” X 9” baking pan.
- Add chocolate chips and 2 Tablespoons butter to a microwave-safe bowl. Melt by heating 30 seconds at a time, stirring between each increment until chocolate is fully melted.
- Add sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract to chocolate mixture, stirring to combine.
- Pour chocolate mixture over the peanut butter layer, spreading evenly.
- Take remaining peanut butter mixture and break into pieces by hand, gently flattening and “sprinkling” over the chocolate layer. There is no perfect way to do this.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes.
- Allow pan to cool before cutting into squares.
- Serve in cupcake liners for easier handling and a nice presentation.
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