Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Bars #ChocPBDay #giveaway

Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel BarsChocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Bars I was late to the chocolate-peanut butter bandwagon, but once I was converted, there was no going back. My oldest two children have joined me in this…err…addiction, but the hubby and youngest are still not on board. No worries, though; it just means more for me! And since I also adore caramel, these bars with the perfect way to get a triple fix. These Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Bars are composed of peanut butter dough drizzled with caramel, then topped with chopped peanut butter cups and more cookie dough. Are you sold yet?

If you’re another chocolate peanut butter aficionado, you’ll love what I have in store for you! Today marks the beginning of the best day ever – it’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Day! Hosted by Carla of Chocolate Moosey and Miriam of Overtime Cook. 31 bloggers are sharing favorite chocolate peanut butter recipes, ranging from cookies and bars to scones and muffins. Follow the hashtag #chocPBday on social media and join us with your favorite chocolate and peanut butter recipes. Looking for recipes all in one place? Follow our Pinterest board. We are also teaming up with OXO, King Arthur Flour, and Peanut Butter & Co. to bring you three fabulous prize packs. If you love to bake, you don’t want to miss entering.

Chocolate Peanut Butter BarsYou are more likely to see Katie with a box of Girl Scout cookies or bag of chocolate sandwich cookies than many of my desserts. She takes after you know who! But She loved these gooey gems. Not too much chocolate for her tender sensibilities, but enough for that magic that happens when peanut butter and chocolate are combined. And lucky you stopped by on a day when my friends are celebrating Chocolate Peanut Butter Day! A made up holiday where we all indulge in this fantastic combination. So you’ll certainly want to collect all the incredible recipes offered up today:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse Parfait by Hip Foodie Mom
Dark Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Sandwich Cookies by Mind Over Batter
Chocolate & Peanut Butter Crumb Parfait by Hungry Couple
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Doughnuts by It’s Yummi!
Flourless Peanut Butter Cup Swirl Brownies by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Buckeye Cheesecake Bars by Chocolate Moosey
Peanut Butter & Chocolate Scones by All Day I Dream About Food
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Jam Bars by  Poet in the Pantry
Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cannolis by Souffle Bombay
4 Layer Chocolate Brownie Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting by Neighborfood
Mini Chocolate Caramel Peanut Butter Cheesecakes by The Spiffy Cookie
Peanut Butter Nanaimo Bars by Crumb: A Food Blog
Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies by Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies by In The Kitchen With KP
Peanut Butter & Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies by The Cooking Actress
Chocolate Peanut Butter Trifle by Kelli’s Kitchen
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream by Kelly Bakes
Peanut Butter Chocolate Biscotti by Lauren Kelly Nutrition
Chunky Peanut Butter Stuffed Brownies by Snappy Gourmet
Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Bars by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Peanut Butter Bundt Cake with Chocolate Cheesecake Filling by Overtime Cook
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cinnamon Rolls by Gotta Get Baked
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Quick Bread by Magnolia Days
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream by Kudos Kitchen By Renee
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chips Bars by Roxana’s Home Baking
Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Blondies by What Smell’s So Good
Chocolate Peanut Butter Earthquake Cake by I Wash You Dry
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares by Food Lust People Love
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Cups by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispie Cheesecake Bars by Food Faith Fitness

Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Bars
Ingredients
Adapted from Lemons for Lulu
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅔ cup butter melted and cooked till slightly browned and nutty smelling (browned butter)
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 12 ounces mini peanut butter cups unwrapped and cut in half
  • 11 ounces or about 30 caramels
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line 9 x 13 pan with nonstick foil or regular foil followed by spraying with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a mixer, combine brown sugar and brown butter beating until creamy. Add vanilla. Beat in eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in peanut butter until smooth. Add the flour, baking powder and salt to peanut butter mixture and gently mix till just combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Grease a 9x13 pan. Spread half of the dough onto the prepared pan.
  4. In a microwave safe bowl, melt caramels and heavy cream, stopping and stirring at one minute intervals until completely melted. Stir until smooth. Pour caramel onto bottom layer of bars. Top with halved Reese cups. Drop remaining dough onto peanut butter cups and carefully spread using your fingers.
  5. Bake for about 30 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean
Yield: 24 bars
Total time: 1½ hours

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Three lucky winners will win one of the following:
Prize Pack #1: OXO Baking Tool Set: One 3-in-1 Egg Separator, One Bent Icing Knife, One Brownie Spatula, One Cake Tester, One Cookie Spatula, One Cupcake Icing Knife, One Cupcake Corer, One Egg Beater, One Stainless Steel Measuring Cups, One Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons, One Medium Cookie Scoop
Prize Pack #2: King Arthur Flour ingredients: One bag of all-purpose flour, one package of Guittard bittersweet chocolate disks, and one bottle of  pure vanilla extract
Prize Pack #3: Peanut Butter and Co. package including: one Dark Chocolate Dreams 6-pack, One Variety 6-pack, and One 31 Days of Dark Chocolate Dreams cookbook
This giveaway is open to US residents only and will be picked from random draw. Giveaway ends Monday March 31 at 11:59 PM. The winners will be notified via email and have 24 hours to respond. If not, the prize is forfeited and another winner will be chosen.

Recipe inspired by Tanya of Lemons for Lulu.

Comments

  1. So glad you are embracing this addiction ;). These bars look incredible, I love that ribbon of caramel throughout!

  2. Liz, these look absolutely fabulous!! Bookmarking!

  3. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    You are the Queen of perfectly cut, gorgeous desserts! The pics are beautiful Liz and I’m sure the cookies are amazing:@)

  4. Lizzy, I am sold and I totally surrender to this indulgence! Your bars look terrific!

  5. I love these bars! It looks like have made them especially for me.. :D

  6. If I must tell the truth…My favorite peanut butter and chocolate treat is a huge scoop of Skippy’s (creamy of course) with a sprinkle of dark chocolate chips!

  7. Peanut butter chocolate kiss cookies

  8. Danielle says:

    Ice cream with Peanut butter cups and caramel of course!

  9. You had me with the first photo! These look so unbelievable! I can wait to try these!! Mmmm pinned for sure!

  10. What an awesome looking.

  11. OK – the fact that your Chocolate & PB Day creation includes caramel (swoon!) and your last post was shrimp…tell me we would be fast friends! Yum!

  12. lizzy my mouth is watering. I can not tell you how satisfying and delicious this looks!

  13. Chocolate peanut butter = Reese’s to me!!

  14. You totally had me at caramel and Reese’s. I am loving these amazing looking bars…now if only they were right in front of me!!!

  15. Chocolate and peanut butter AND caramel! I love that you kicked it up more than just a few notches with the caramel, Liz!

  16. I am sooooo thrilled you joined the chocolate/PB lovers world and I love your caramel addition, too!!

  17. Stephanie-Oh says:

    Your cake looks wonderful! Love that thick layers of peanut butter frosting. Yum!
    I think my fav. choco. peanut butter treat is peanut butter filled cream sticks with choco. ganauche.

  18. This is the best day ever. You always make the most dense looking bars full of yummy goodness. Peanut butter and chocolate makes me weak in the knees and you go an add caramel too!

  19. I’m so glad you did hop on the bandwagon so you could join us today and share this fabulous recipe.

  20. Wow, these look delicious! My kids would love them!

  21. Holy moly, these bars look out of this world Liz! You can’t beat chocolate and peanut butter and I am loving all the layers in these perfect treats :)

  22. Chocolate, peanut butter and caramel???! All in one dessert?!?!!! Now it’s a party! :D

    Happy Chocolate Peanut Butter Day, Lizzy! ^_^ These bars look irresistible…I have weakness for caramel so needless to say I wouldn’t be able to control myself around these.

    Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my cookies. Ahhh I love cookie dough too, but I’m always caught licking the bowl and I get in trouble for it LOL ;)

    Have a fabulous day my friend.

    Toodles,
    Tammy<3

  23. These look wicked delicious. I can’t believe there are people out in the world that are still not on board with pb and chocolate. Wha?

  24. You might have been late on the bandwagon but wow are you in the vanguard now! I’m not the world’s greatest peanut fan but this would tempt even me. Mouthwatering photos!

  25. Peanut Butter Pie with a chocolate cookie crust. Yummmmmm

  26. Oh yum Liz, I saw these of G+ this morning and they looked amazing. I love the layered effect of all the goodies!

  27. I think my new favorite chocolate-peanut butter treat are these Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Bars..!

  28. These look amazing. Chocolate and peanut butter will always be high on my list of treats!

  29. we love peanut butter rice krispies treats topped with chocolate, yum. perfect treat year round

  30. I love the sound of these, so indulgent!

  31. They look absolutely decadent, Liz! Mmmm just love the added caramel:)
    J+C

  32. WHAAAT?! Who doesn’t love choc&pb??? You should think about replacing your hubby and child. :P

    juuuust kiddingggg–more of these yummy bars for the smart people!!! I love that you added in that gooey, chewy, caramel layer!

  33. Oh my god. I can’t even imagine how amazing these bars are. I’m literally obsessed with chocolate and peanut butter sooooo……. I’ll take a batch. :)

  34. chocolate chip caramel cookies.

  35. I’ve said it before and I will say it again: Peanut butter and chocolate makes me so happy. MMMMMMM. these looks fab x

  36. You and these damn bars. With chocolate and peanut butter and chocolate and caramel. Each one is better than the next!

  37. We were definitely on the same page using caramel with the peanut butter and chocolate!

  38. Monster cookies!

  39. Good golly, oh how delicious! :-) all we need now is some of my Hot Fudge Sauce on top and a spoon!

  40. Cereal peanut butter bars. It like a Rice Krispie bar bit it has peanut butter and melted chocolate chips swirled in.

  41. Margot C says:

    Well, I do like a Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie, but your bars look pretty fantastic too.

  42. What an amazing looking cookie bar! I love the layers of caramel and the chunks of Peanut butter cups all combined into one fabulous treat!

  43. I love peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.

  44. You added my third favorite thing (caramel) to my top two favorite things (chocolate & pb) – AMAZING!

  45. Peanut butter ice cream with chocolate swirl

  46. Your blog title is perfectly fitting today, Liz… that skinny chick really CAN bake! Ohhhhh, I love these!

  47. HOLY MOLY these look fabulous Liz! Absolutely perfect :)

  48. “Oh my goodness,” first words out of my mouth!

  49. shari w. says:

    i think i might make these my favorite choc and peanut butter… it used to be Reeses candy cups but these sound wonderful……..

  50. Lizzy,
    These bars look delicious. They’re cut perfectly too. Thanks for the great giveaway too.
    Annamaria

  51. Peanut butter and chocolate…what’s not to love them! They look scrumptious, Liz.

  52. Men, Liz …. you know how to get wake up my sweet tooth…:) ela

  53. Oh what a marvellous combination! My man would love these too, Liz xo

  54. These bars look so delicious and yay for PB and Choc Day!!!

  55. I’m glad Katie enjoyed these. Your peanut butter caramel bars look irresistible. I’ve been trying to source wafer thin after dinner mints lately and it’s not easy. It seems they have gone out of fashion and no one stocks them anymore (in my part of the world, anyway) xx

  56. I’ll jump on that bandwagon with you. My husband won’t eat caramel OR chocolate and peanut butter together. All mine!!

  57. Those bars are calling my name big time! It’s 6:30 am but all I want right now is dessert! And don’t feel bad… I was late to the chocolate pb bandwagon too :)

  58. GUHHH, those looks amazing! Caramel is the devil. A sweet sweet devil!

  59. Liz!
    These chocolate peanut butter caramel bars look sooooo good!!! Everything you bake always looks so perfect and delicious! I was on the chocolate-peanut butter bandwagon from a young age. . peanut butter cups being my fave. . I always had sticky fingers and chocolate on my mouth! :P

  60. I always seem to go back to Reese’s peanut butter cups.

  61. Oh Liz, you always bring the best things to the table! These bars are incredible and they’re filled with everything that I love to eat in the world: chocolate, peanut butter and caramel. I’m going to pin these tonight so that I save this recipe. This has to happen in my life asap!

  62. Everything you make looks perfectly gorgeous and delicious! Love this!

  63. I think peanut butter and chocolate are a really really good reason to celebrate! I loooove peanut butter. And chocolate. I wish my family didn’t like homemade treats because then I could eat them all. :)

  64. Jill Hartley says:

    That makes me crave a Reese cup!

  65. Ahhh Liz… I am just in love with all of your lovely bars! You make it so perfectly and just amazed with the combination and different types of bars you bake…. Wonderful!

  66. These peanut butter bars look so amazing – love all the caramel! I am craving these now, for lunch!

  67. Love the addition of caramel in these Liz. These three together would be like the 3 Musketeers. Unstoppable!

  68. Chocolate Peanut Butter Day? I’m in! Love that flavor combo. And with caramel? Swoon! Really nice — thanks.

  69. YUmmmmmmmmmmmM.
    Sin.
    I must have! xx

  70. Happy Chocolate Peanut Butter Day! I love these cookie bars–great contribution to the day!

  71. Your recipes are always a feast for the eyes as well as a feast for the taste buds. Yum!

  72. These look crazy good, Liz. Love the caramel to add some chewy gooey texture!

  73. I love chocolate and peanut butter the best.

  74. When I was a kid I tried to get my mother on the chocolate peanut butter addiction but she wouldn’t buy it. She never was a chocolate lover which make me wonder where I came from. :) That was mean of you to add the caramel because it now makes these bars irresistible!

  75. I’m in heaven just looking at these! Got to get on this peanut butter chocolate bandwagon! ;-)

  76. These bars are absolutely perfect Liz! Do you deliver overseas?

  77. I need to try these using the browned butter. I can’t stop drooling!

  78. Chocolate peanut butter and caramel, oh my this is a winner of a recipe. Can you believe it but I have not seen caramels in any store here in Hong Kong or for most of Asia as a matter of fact. I guess I will have to put that on my wish list for the next special boxed delivery from the States. Take care, BAM

  79. Yes I am sold, these look so tempting!

  80. Your bars look soo good. I like how you’ve added caramel into these. Mmm it’s making me hungry for some right now!

  81. I think these are about to be my new fav pb-choc treat! :)

  82. My fav- is….. I don’t know- I can’t choose! Anything with Chocolate and Peanut Butter is fantastic!

  83. Seems you are an expert on making bars :) … so whenever I am craving for some I know where to come and get a good recipe. These are looking lovely as always.

  84. No fair Liz! Enticing everyone in with your caramel like that! What a great addition to our regular chocolate peanut butter recipes!

  85. These bars look perfect! I can’t imagine anyone NOT liking the chocolate and peanut butter combo. I mean, I pretty much have a jar of peanut butter, and use a bar of chocolate as an “edible spoon” so to speak. SO good!

  86. My favorite chocolate-peanut butter treat is a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

  87. How I wish I could gobble of couple of these beautiful treats up… they look marvelous. :)

  88. Chocolate and PB on graham crackers and topped with swirls of white chocolate! YUM!!!

  89. ::sigh:: I have to admit that I’ve avoided this post. I just want that whole pan. I don’t even care about the chocolate in there. I love blondies, I love caramel and I enjoy peanut butter. Putting the three together is an awesome idea.

  90. Dominique W. Brooks says:

    I am not a peanut butter — but one of my son’s is. And he’s not picky!

  91. Is it bad that I just want to get a spoon and scrape out the center of these bars?!

  92. Mmm if there’s thing that can make these chocolate peanut butter bars better, it’s caramel.

  93. Oh my I think I have fallen in love! These look super and they have everything in them that I am addicted to peanut butter, chocolate and caramel. Oh my Liz you are making my waistline expand!

  94. You’re speaking my language with these bars Liz! You know I heard chocolate and caramel together and now with peanut butter! Oh my! Pass me the entire pan

  95. Meeble Feeble says:

    I love snicker’s bars! OR SNICKER PIE. or deepfried snickers
    #isthatbad

  96. Liz, your recipes always make my mouth water. I have a question for you…how DO you stay so skinny? I’m jealous ;)

  97. These sound spectacular!

  98. Shannon O says:

    These look amazing! I love the chocolate peanut butter combo!

  99. I’m not here for the win, just to tell you that these bars look FABULOUS !!
    Seriously – I have a craving for a big (make it huge) slice

  100. I made these for Teacher Appreciation….. What a success!!! Thanks so much!! We have a WINNER!!

  101. Omg drooollll! This page needs pinning, big time!

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