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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake Bars
1cup Whole Milk
2 Tbsp Melted Butter
2 cups Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
2 cups All-Purpose Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
16 oz. Peanut Butter (I like Jif Creamy)
16 oz. Hershey Milk chocolate bars
Preheat your oven to 350.
In a saucepan, add the milk and butter and put on medium heat.
In a bowl, mix (in order) the eggs, then add the sugar, then vanilla, flour and baking powder.
Turn off the mixer after it is all incorporated and turn the heat up on the milk / butter saucepan until it just boils (if it hasn't already.)
As soon as it boils, immediately remove the saucepan from the stovetop and pour that into your mixing bowl.
Turn mixer on low to incorporate it into the mixture, using a scraper if necessary to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
I use a 1/2 sheet pan, prepared with pan grease. Or you can use Wilton's Bake Easy Spray.
I brush the pan grease all over the inside of the cake pan, then wet some baking strips and wrap them around the outside of the pan so the edges don't burn. (You can omit that step if you want, you just may have to cut some crisp edges off, no biggie!)
Pour the mixture (it will be runny!) into the 1/2 sheet pan and bake at 350 for between 20-30 minutes. It is done when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean and it's light golden brown in color.
Remove the pan from the oven and immediately spread the peanut butter over the cake, keeping the cake in the pan. The heat from the cake will help the peanut butter melt. Using a slanted spatula, spread the peanut butter all over the cake from edge to edge, covering the whole cake.
Place a towel or a cookie rack on a shelf in the refrigerator and place the pan on that and refrigerate for 2 hours or until the peanut butter is hard.
Then, break up the milk chocolate bars and melt them in the microwave carefully, I do 20 second intervals and stir in between.
Once all of the chocolate is melted, take the pan out of the fridge and pour the chocolate over the peanut butter, spreading it from edge to edge with the angled spatula like you did with the peanut butter.
Place in fridge for about 10 minutes.
Then take it out and take a knife and score the cuts for the bars. If you don't do it until the chocolate is totally set, then it will crack when you are cutting it. So I cut them into squares when the chocolate is a little cool, but solid enough to hold its shape. Place back in fridge until hard (about 30 minutes).
These are so delicious, I frequently bring them to parties!!
Thank you, Karolyn, for sharing your recipe and photos with us!
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