Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

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I made these bars for our anniversary/Valentine’s Day treat and boy were they delicious! My husband, who is a total peanut butter hound, went crazy over them. They are very reminiscent of a buckeye or a gourmet peanut butter cup, but they require much less confectioner’s sugar, so they have a lot less carbs and are probably about a gazillion calories less. While they do form solid bars once set, they’re best refrigerated. They’re an absolute delight and a very nice little treat for those of us who can’t consume a lot of sugar.

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons natural creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup dairy-free dark chocolate morsels

Line an 8″ square pan with wax paper. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup natural creamy peanut butter. Stir until smooth. Add the confectioners’ sugar and stir until fully incorporated. Spread evenly in the bottom of the prepared pan.

In a small saucepan on medium low heat, melt the dark chocolate morsels and remaining 2 tablespoons peanut butter together over low heat, stirring until chocolate is just melted. Be careful not to burn the chocolate. Drizzle evenly over top of peanut butter layer then carefully spread out with a spatula.

Chill in the refrigerator until set, about 2 hours. Lift bars out the pan using the wax paper. Cut into bars and serve. These keep best stored in the fridge.

Serves: 16

Prep time: 15 minutes

Recipe Source: Deliciousasitlooks.com (with some slight modifications)

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