Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

As you know, I am not opposed to using box mixes to create a baked good.  I mean, time is a luxury these days and every so often you have to bring in some reinforcements.  I was pretty happy when I stumbled upon the Cake Mix Doctor.   Tons of great ways to use cake mix in recipes.  I had some yellow cake mix in the pantry ready for some baking.  
Yellow cake mix, peanut butter, chocolate. All together these ingredients made a tasty bar with just enough peanut butter flavor, you would never guess they were made with a boxed cake mix.  Don't take my word for it...make them yourself!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars
recipe adapted from The cake mix doctor
1 package (18.25 ounce) yellow cake mix
1 cup peanut butter
8 Tablespoons melted butter
2 eggs
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
2 Tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
Preheat oven to 325.  Line a 13x9pan with parchment paper.
Place the cake mix, peanut butter, butter and eggs in the bowl of your stand mixer and beat on low for one minute.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl until completely mixed. Batter will be thick.  Reserve 1 1/2 cups of batter for your topping.  Spread the remaining mixture in the bottom of your pan, using your fingers to completely cover the bottom of the pan.  
For the chocolate filling:
Place chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and 2 Tablespoons butter in a medium pot over low heat.  Stir until chocolate is melted and ingredients are combined, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
Pour chocolate mixture over crust, using a spatula to spread evenly.  Use your fingertips to crumble the reserved batter over the top of the chocolate layer.
Bake until golden brown 25-30 minutes. Allow to cool completely before cutting.
Easy enough right?  People will be pleasantly surprised to know you created these bars from a cake mix..but you don't have to tell them if you don't want to!