Thursday, June 26, 2014

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

Swirly Twirly Delicious Crunch Bars.  Don't they look all cream and coffee like?  They have nothing to do with coffee.  They have everything to do with peanut butter, chocolate and rice crispy-ish cereal.

My kids went crazy over these even my daughter who is not necessarily a fan of peanut butter.  I will tell you they are pretty rich.  To be true I would like them just as well without the topping.  Just the crunch part.  Next time I make them I will just drizzle a little chocolate over top or stir it into the mix. (This may be one of those times when I am being like my Mom- scraping frosting off of cake- yes, she is one of those).
Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars
Super crispy.

3 cups crispy rice cereal
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons shortening
1 1/2 cups peanut butter chips

Lay parchment or foil in a 8 x 8 square pan. Set aside.

In a microwave safe bowl or on the stove combine corn syrup, sugar and peanut butter.  Heat for one minute, stir.  Heat one minute more.  Combine this mixture with the vanilla and then the rice cereal. Press into prepared pan, smoothing the top.  Chill for at least an hour.

Melt chocolate chips with shortening, stirring frequently.  Once melted spread over top of rice cereal mixture.  Next, melt peanut butter chips, stirring frequently as well.  Once melted place blops, a very technical term, of peanut butter in various places on melted chocolate.  Take a toothpick or a skewer and swirl the peanut butter blops into the chocolate.  Chill.  Best if you chill overnight.  Its really difficult to wait that long.

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