Peanut Butter Crispy Bars by Baked

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! I know that it’s not a real holiday or anything, but it’s nice to have a different way to greet people in the mornings, isn’t it? People just seem to be in a better mood on holidays, even on this silly holiday. I do have a little surprise for Kramer later today, but I can’t say anything about it yet! We don’t really buy anything for each other on Valentine’s Day, but I still want to celebrate a little bit tonight. I’ll let you all know what my plans were later this week. What are you doing with your significant others or friends? In New York, it seems like there is a lot of pressure to go out to dinner – it’s weird, but I guess that there are so many good restaurants in the city that people will take any excuse to throw down some serious cash on a nice meal. Maybe when Kramer and I get some serious cash, we will do the same! For now, though, I’m excited to just have a glass of wine and relax at home.

Are you getting sick of hearing about Baked: New Frontiers in Baking yet? I’m sorry, but I’m in love with the book. Absolutely head-over-heels in love. I wanted to post these Peanut Butter Crispy Bars today because, really, can you think of a more romantic combination than peanut butter and chocolate? I don’t think I can. They are a match made in heaven and a wonderful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. These are a no-bake bar, so if the peanut butter and chocolate aspect of these didn’t grab you at first, that part surely will. The crispy cereal is sort of candied with a combination of sugar, corn syrup, and butter (yum), topped off with a layer of pure peanut butter and chocolate, then finished off with a rich chocolate icing made with semisweet (or dark) chocolate. The cereal helps to cut through the peanut butter and chocolate, all while adding a nice crunch to the smooth chocolate. These three layers make for a truly decadent dessert, but in small portions, they are just the thing to satisfy that sweet tooth.

Peanut Butter Crispy Bars by Baked
Your very simple ingredients.

Peanut Butter Crispy Bars by Baked
Combine the sugar, water, and corn syrup and bring to a boil. Simmer until it is at about 235 degrees F.

Peanut Butter Crispy Bars by Baked
When ready, remove from heat and stir in the melted butter.

Peanut Butter Crispy Bars by Baked
Quickly toss the cereal with the corn syrup mixture until well coated, then press into a greased pan. I doubled my recipe, so it’s in a 9×13 pan, but the recipe below calls for an 8×8 pan. Let the cereal cool while you make the next layer.

Peanut Butter Crispy Bars by Baked
This is perhaps the easiest layer. Simply melt together your peanut butter and chocolate, either using a double boiler (fancy) or in 30-second intervals in the microwave (the way I did).

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Smooth the peanut butter and chocolate mixture over the top of the cereal and allow to harden in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

Peanut Butter Crispy Bars by Baked
Now Melt together your corn syrup, semisweet or dark chocolate, and butter for the icing layer.

Peanut Butter Crispy Bars by Baked
Now smooth this layer over the top of the peanut butter and chocolate layer and allow to harden in the fridge for at least another hour before cutting into bars.

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Peanut Butter Crispy Bars by Baked
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Serves: 15 bars
Crispy Crust
  • 1¾ cups crisped rice cereal
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • For the milk chocolate peanut butter layer:
  • 5 ounces good quality milk chocolate, coarsely chopped (I used large, good quality chocolate chips)
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (I used chunky)
Chocolate Icing
  • 3 ounces dark chocolate (I used semisweet), coarsely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  1. First, make the crispy crust. Lightly grease an 8x8 inch square baking pan. In a large bowl, pour in your crisped rice cereal and set aside. In a small saucepan, add ¼ cup of water. Add in the sugar and corn syrup (while not allowing any sugar or syrup to get on the sides of the pan) and use a wooden spoon to stir the mixture until just combined. If you have one, use a candy thermometer and cook over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, then cook until it reaches the "soft ball" stage, about 235 degrees F. This will take about 8 minutes, more or less.
  2. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the butter. Pour the mixture over the cereal and quickly stir until the cereal is completely coated. Pour the cereal into the prepared 8x8 pan and press down into a smooth layer (do not press the mixture up along the sides). Let this layer cook to room temperature.
  3. While the rice layer cools, make the milk chocolate peanut butter layer. In a large, nonreactive bowl, stir together the chocolate and the peanut butter. You can use a double boiler to melt them together, or, like me, you can simply melt them in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between each interval, until the chocolate and peanut butter are smooth. Pour this mixture over the cereal layer, smooth out, and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour, until it had hardened.
  4. When the 2nd layer has cooled, make the chocolate icing. In a medium sized bowl, combine the chocolate, corn syrup, and butter. You can, again, use a double boiler, or like me, simply melt everything together in the microwave in 30-second intervals, being careful not to burn the chocolate. Stir and be sure that it is smooth, then pour it over the peanut butter and chocolate layer, smoothing out when you are finished. Place the pan back in the fridge for another hour, until it has hardened.
  5. Cut the bars into squares (15 bars) and serve. These can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days.


30 Responses

  1. brandi says:

    here you go

    • Sydney says:

      @Brandi: Indeed! 😉

      @Aimee: I hope you check it out – it’s my favorite cookbook ever! I’ve never been so in love with one before. It’s just so beautifully done and all of the recipes are really accessible to the at-home cook/baker.

  2. Aimee says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    The more recipes you post from this book the more I want to buy it to see what else is in there. Such great desserts so far. I must make these yummy bars!!

  3. I have GOT to get my hands on that cookbook!!

  4. Laura L. says:

    I think this is probably the best publicity this book is getting. I want to make every single one of the recipes you’ve posted from it! This one has made the top of the list.

    • Sydney says:

      Laura: I’m glad you think so! Just to be clear – I am in no way being paid to advertise this book, I just really love it and believe it is the best baking book to come out in a long, long time.

  5. Heather I. says:

    I am so glad you post from that book- I’ve been wanting to get it and knowing it’s so great makes me want it even more. Have a great stay-in Valentines Day, we’re doing the same :) These treats have everything that I love most in a treat, yum!

    • Sydney says:

      @Heather: I hope you pick it up and check out the rest of the recipes! :)

      @Alicia: Thank you so much – it is!

      @Alena: They certainly are!

      @Katie: Thank you!

      @Lauren: Me too and Happy V-Day to you!

      @Katie: I have the same problem! :)

      @Juliana: Thanks!

  6. Alicia says:

    These look outstanding! Can’t go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter.. and I bet the crunch of the rice cereal is addictive!

  7. Alena says:

    Oh wow. These must be dangerous if I’m drooling just looking at them. I can’t wait to try these! Thanks for posting :)

  8. Katie says:

    My word they look good! Perfect mix of flavours and textures – yum!

  9. These look delicious, but of course I am always a fan of chocolate and peanut butter! Hope you had a fun Valentine’s Day!

  10. Katie says:

    Another yum-rending read! My sweet tooth is out of control lately (Read: CHOCOHOLIC) and I’ve been looking for something new and delicious to try out. Can’t wait to get in the kitchen and cook these up. Happy post-Valentines day!

  11. Juliana says:

    Yummie, crispy peanut butter bars, they look fabulous, great combination :-) I’d love to have one of this bar now!

  12. Michelle says:

    I love the detail of your first picture. If the title of this post wasn’t enough, that picture sure seals the deal, haha.

    Would you believe that my fiancee doesn’t like the peanut butter and chocolate combo? I still have a hard time believing it but it does mean more for me! Happy Valentine’s Day :-)

    • Sydney says:

      Michelle: Thank you! I can’t believe there is a man out there that doesn’t like peanut butter and chocolate! I guess that’s good for you, though – my husband loves it so much that I eat it far too often than I probably should!

  13. Megan says:

    Yum! These look so good! I have the Baked Explorations cookbook. I think my next purchase will be the New Frontiers one that you have!

  14. Caroline says:

    What else other than chocolate and peanut butter could say ‘decadance’ better on Valentine’s Day. I’m bookmarking this one to make for my hubby one day ‘just because.’ I know he’d love it, and that’s a surprise I know he’ll enjoy!

  15. Michelle says:

    I couldn’t possibly get sick of seeing the recipes from this book. Keep ’em coming!

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  18. Brenda S. says:

    Wow….these just look absolutely divine.

  19. Sara says:

    These actually look way delicious! I just made some yummy peanut butter rice crispies! But then to make it festive I added a little strawberry jam to the top to make it like a PB&J! They were so good! You should try them sometime!
    I might have to try these that you made or the recipe just after this one! I am so totally in the mood to bake! If I didn’t have to work I would be in the kitchen all day!
    Thanks for sharing!

  20. Dana says:

    What a well dressed rice krispie! Happy late Valentine’s!

  21. Natalie says:

    corn syrup is the devil! What would be an acceptable substitute?

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