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Thursday
Oct072010

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Treats

The first step is admitting you have a problem. 

PS. What you are not seeing are the two additional jars of almond butter and cashew butter in the fridge.

PPS. Tate's Cookies are fantastic. PPPPPPPPS. The Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Almonds are the gods' ambrosia in nut form. Er, or something. Whatever. Buy them. Now. 

Anyhoo. Not totally sure how it happened, but being struck by a cupboard full of peanut butters and, seeing as this has inadvertently become peanut butter week chez Blue-Eyed Bakers (really, what week isn't peanut butter week), we figured the second step was clearly to eat this peanut butter.

I mean, duh.

So, naturally, we turn to one of our most favorite confection cookbooks from the boys at Baked. While their recipes tend to have a lot of steps, they are never all that complicated when it comes down to it. You just have to read a lot. Lame, we know. 

 But, trust us. Listen to us. Do as we do (well, maybe not buying 5 jars of peanut butter). Make these bars. 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Treats
Makes 9 to 36 bars (they are VERY rich)
Adapted from Baked

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For the Crispy Layer:
1 3/4 cups Rice Krispies
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

For the Milk Chocolate Layer:
5 ounces good milk chocolate, chopped (we like Valrhona) 
1 cup creamy peanut butter

For the Dark Chocolate Layer:
3 ounces good dark chocolate (surprise, we like Valrhona)
1/2 teaspoon light corn syrup
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter

First, make the crispy layer. Use paper towel and butter or cooking spray to rub the bottom and sides of an 8-inch square pan. Don't ever use olive oil for this step because it flavors the dessert in a totally not delicious way.

Measure the cereal into a large bowl and set aside.

Pour 1/4 cup of water into a small saucepan. Slowly add sugar and corn syrup to the center of the pan. Use a wooden spoon to gently stir these together. Put a candy thermometer into the pan (make sure the bottom of thermometer isn't touching the bottom of the pan but is hovering right above it). Cook the sugar-syrup mixture over medium-high heat, bringing to a boil, and continuing cooking until it reaches the soft ball stage on the candy thermometer (or 235 degrees Fahrenheit).

Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the butter. Pour this blend over the cereal and stir, working fast, until the cereal is thoroughly coated. You are essentially candying rice crispies. 

Press this crispy mixture into the bottom of the pan (not up the sides) and allow to cool.

Next, make the milk chocolate layer. You know us, put the milk chocolate and peanut butter into a glass bowl and microwave the two together, slowly and in small time increments, stirring between each 20 second blitz. Do this until the mixture is mostly smooth when stirred. The residual heat will continue to melt the chocolate as you make the final stir.

Pour the milk chocolate layer over the cooled crispy crust and refrigerate until this layer firms up.

Repeat this same microwave glass bowl process with the dark chocolate, butter and corn syrup. Remember to be careful not to let the chocolate burn. Go slowly. Be patient.

Pour this dark chocolate layer over the chilled milk chocolate layer and place back in the fridge to harden a bit.

Cut into 9 square or 36 cubes (these are very rich and a little goes a long way).

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Reader Comments (13)

So easy, and yet so so good. Love the baked book!

Oh my, I want two of these!

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLiz @ LBBakes

Chocolate and peanut butter is THE BEST combination! These look delicious, and easy enough for me to try...thanks for posting!

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTracy M.

Oh Sweet Girlies!
I know these are some kind of YUM~MEEEE!
You girls have the BEST recipes!
Love your blog!
GOing to see if you have a button I can grab for my sidebar!
xoxoxox
I LOVE Justin's Peanut Butter!

October 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterteresa

Oh how I wish you had a blog button I could proudly add to my sidebar! If you ever get one...send it my way!
xoxoxoxo
You two girls are adorable!
LOVE your STYLE!

October 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterteresa

i love peanut butter and chocolate! so much better than plain rice krispy treats!

October 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthe blissful baker

Anything with peanut butter and chocolate has to be good. Period. I have a wicked sweet tooth too so this is as good as made and eaten! Those chocolate covered almonds sound so good. And so good for me! The benefits of the chocolate and almonds are very important to this "health kick" that I am on. Thank you!

October 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDionne Baldwin

Ok I have heard so much about the Baked book so now I have to get it...especially after seeing these...chocolate and pb is the best!

October 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes & Dreams

This looks wonderful, how can a girl stop at one? Love the photo close up of the slice & I just happen to have (for some odd reason) 2 jars of peanut butter in the pantry. I think I will...., I know I will..., yep..., I'm off to make these now :)

October 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnna Johnston

every week is peanut butter week in my kitchen! i'm saving this for when summer is in full swing in Australia. yum!

October 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLimeCake

These look amazing! I've made a peanut butter rice krispie before where the peanut butter is more mixed into the cereal than layered. I'll have to give your way a shot next time :) PS, my peanut/nut butter stash in the cupboard looks remarkably similar. I love it!

October 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBaking Serendipity

Wow do those bars look SWEET. I can feel my teeth hurting already - but wow would I love to sink my teeth into 1 - 2 - 3! YUM!

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJane M

Mmmm, this literally sounds too good! I can't wait to give this recipe a try :) Yum!

October 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPretty. Good. Food.

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