Chocolate Topped Peanut Butter Bars

I wanted to make sure that I got this post in before Super Bowl Sunday. These bars are amazing. If you like that famous combination of chocolate and creamy peanut butter, then this is the treat for you. The crust is comprised of graham crackers, crushed pretzels and chocolate. So much deliciousness, so little time!

I found the original recipe for these on Guilty Kitchen where they are titled Idle Hand Bars. Her photos are beautiful and she wrapped them up in waxed paper with some twine, so lovely! Mine are a little different in that I didn’t include the salty topping and I had to adjust the powdered sugar amount drastically. I believe it was because I use regular jar peanut butter and her recipe used natural peanut butter. Perhaps there’s some sort of consistency difference, I’m guessing maybe the oil content, but mine required a lot more coaxing to become a paste. I also prefer bittersweet chocolate over semi sweet, so I went with that for my topping.

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These are really good, so kudos to Guilty Kitchen for this fabulous recipe!

Chocolate Topped Peanut Butter Bars
Adapted from Guilty Kitchen’s Idle Hand Bars

printable version

Base Layer
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup sugar
5 Tbsp. cocoa
1 egg, beaten
1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
3/4 cup coarsely crushed pretzels

In a glass bowl over simmering water, melt melt butter with the sugar and cocoa. While still over water, add egg and beat to combine (will thicken quite a bit here). Remove from heat and add crumbs and pretzels. Press into an 8 x 8 cake pan. Set aside.

Middle Layer
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly.
1 1/3 cups powdered sugar
1 cup smooth, peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla

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Combine peanut butter and butter together in small bowl. Mix in sugar and vanilla to form a thick paste. Dump onto base layer and smooth over, patting down to make a flat, even layer.

Top Layer
5 oz. bittersweet chocolate
1 tablespoon unsalted butter

In a glass bowl over simmering water, melt butter and chocolate together. Stir until smooth. Pour over peanut butter layer and spread out evenly.

Chill in fridge until chocolate is set. Cut into squares.

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  1. Heather I. says

    Mmmm, chocolate and peanut butter, the BEST combo ever. And pretzels in the crust? I need to make these, stat.

  2. Tami says

    Oh yes! These would be a winner in our house! I wish that I would've seen this earlier before I went grocery shopping. I'd be making these now. :)

  3. Jocelyn says

    These look delicious…love the addition of pretzels in the crust. I am off to see if I have all these ingredients right now!

  4. MaryBeth says

    When I saw this on Facebook the other day I just about died and went to heaven….the best too flavors in the entire world on top of each other OMG…YUMM-O!

  5. Heather@The Black's Best says

    These look so good! I've got to tweet and facebook about them. Love peanut butter and chocolate together.

  6. Anonymous says

    I just knew these would be a BIG hit, so I went ahead and doubled the recipe, and put it in a 9×13 pan. Oh my gosh, amazing!! It was a little daunting, however, at the amount of butter I needed for that double recipe. Good thing I made them myself, so I know not to eat more than one at a time – LOL! That peanut butter layer came together super-super easy with my new Beater Blade for my Kitchen-Aid; whipped up so incredibly smooth in seconds! Hardly had to wash any of the dishes; the kids licked the bowl and blade spot-free. This recipe is dead-on for PB+chocolate freaks like me and my kids; thanks for sharing. My daughter's b-day is coming up next week and she has requested the chocolate peanut butter ganache (did I spell that right??) cake of yours. I hope it turns out as well as these bars did! Your directions are very thorough, so I should be okay.

  7. Anna G says

    Made these today with my 4 year old. Flavors are awesome but
    The pretzels turned soft. Trust me that isn't stopping my crew a bit. ;)

  8. Amanda says

    Elizabeth – thanks so much for developing this recipe, it's marvelous!

    So glad to see so many people trying and enjoying these!

  9. FrouFrouBritches says

    Oh my gracious! These look delicious! The salt from the pretzels with the chocolate and peanut butter are the perfect combo. YUM! I'm bookmarking this for later, for when the Hubby is a little less into watching his diet.

  10. Gingham Skies says

    My fav combo: chocolate and peanut butter! Whipped up a batch of these yesterday and they are super yummy, I especially like the addition of the pretzels. Sweet and salty along with peanut butter? Genius.

  11. Pam - diy Design Fanatic says

    Looks fantastic! You can't go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate! Going to forward this to my husband!(he loves to cook!)

  12. Jen @ says

    Wow – those look SO good!! I wish I had one right now!!

    I shared this on my TT&J FB page and linked to you :)


  13. Jennifer says

    Looks delicious!! We're going to try to make it. I've got to convert it to gluten free but seems that should be simple enough to do.

  14. Sandra says

    How did you know that I had a bag of pretzels in my pantry?

    I just popped these in the frig – serious yum!

    Should we just change the name of these to -"Oh Man!"

  15. Bee says

    Oh my god. These looks so delicious, dangerously delicious!! I do however love salt, chocolate and caramel so I might just add that element :) Thanks for the tip :)

  16. clarice says

    With a few variations, these are almost “Nanaimo Bars”, a canadian favorite the I make every year for my family. My husband loves them and I am curious to see how he will like these with the PB, as he is a PB nut. Can’t wait to make them, thanks……

  17. sue says

    It does sound delicious but I keep thinking I am missing something. It has an egg in it and you don’t bake the crust part of it?

    • says

      That’s correct. The instructions for the crust include adding the egg to the simmering mixture, which raises the temperature of the egg enough to be safe.

      “In a glass bowl over simmering water, melt melt butter with the sugar and cocoa. While still over water, add egg and beat to combine (will thicken quite a bit here). Remove from heat and add crumbs and pretzels. Press into an 8 x 8 cake pan. Set aside.”

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