How To Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Bars
Ever wonder how Reese’s peanut butter cups mixed with some rice krispies would taste like? Delight yourself with the alluring crunch of these crispy bars!
Line an 8-inch square baking dish with a strip of parchment paper, cut to fit neatly across the base and up opposite sides.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the brown rice crisps and 1 cup of the chopped pecans; reserve the rest for sprinkling on top. Set both aside.
In a medium saucepan, combine the peanut butter and honey. Warm the mixture over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until it’s steaming or you catch a bubble or two forming on the bottom. Prevent the mixture to come to a boil or the peanut butter could scorch.
Pour the warm mixture into the bowl of rice crisps. Using a rubber or silicone spatula, stir until the mixture is completely combined. Transfer it all to the lined baking dish.
Press down with the spatula to spread it fairly evenly, then switch to a large, sturdy glass with a flat bottom and press down firmly all over, including the corners.
Lastly, use your hands to ensure that it’s evenly compacted.
Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second increments, stirring after each one. Don’t overdo it.
The chocolate is done when it’s about 90% melted; keep stirring off the heat and the pieces should completely dissolve. Alternatively, the chocolate can be melted in a heat-proof bowl set over a saucepan of gently simmering water.
Pour the melted chocolate over the peanut butter-crispy mixture. Use a clean spatula to spread it evenly all over. Make some pretty chocolate swooshes (optional). Sprinkle the remaining pecans on top, followed by the salt.
Place the baking dish in the refrigerator and chill for at least 2 hours, or up to a day. To slice, carefully grab both sides of the parchment paper and lift it out of the baking dish.
Use a sharp chef’s knife to make 4 even columns and 4 even rows – to minimize the risk of cracking the chocolate, carefully apply even pressure from above the knife to press straight down, rather than sawing from one edge across.
These bars will keep well at room temperature for up to 1 week, or for several months in the freezer. Store in an air-tight container either way.
Any sturdy glass works for this recipe. A working jar or mason jar can be a good choice.
- Calories: 301.13kcal
- Fat: 16.82g
- Saturated Fat: 4.78g
- Trans Fat: 0.05g
- Monounsaturated Fat: 6.31g
- Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.25g
- Carbohydrates: 35.34g
- Fiber: 3.64g
- Sugar: 23.52g
- Protein: 5.25g
- Cholesterol: 3.15mg
- Sodium: 117.83mg
- Calcium: 39.57mg
- Potassium: 137.61mg
- Iron: 0.96mg
- Vitamin A: 0.23µg
- Vitamin C: 0.26mg
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