I have so many recipes for the traditional no-bake peanut butter bars that I just had to include a “non-traditional” baked version. These are incredible!
Layered Peanut Butter Bars
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 1/2 cups white all-purpose flour
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 tablespoons water
1 1/3 cups smooth peanut butter
Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×13-inch baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray containing flour.
In a large bowl cream together the softened unsalted butter with the packed light brown sugar until the mixture is light in color and fluffy in texture.
Stir in the white all-purpose flour.
Pat this mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan.
Bake, in preheated oven, for 20 minutes.
In a small saucepan, place the semi-sweet chocolate chips and the water. Stir and melt together over medium high heat. Once melted, remove from heat and sit aside.
Evenly spread the smooth peanut butter over the baked crust.
Pour evenly over top of the peanut butter, the melted chocolate. Be careful and spread gently and evenly if needed.
Cover with aluminum foil and chill for several hours, or overnight.
Remove, cut and serve chilled.
Can be stored or eaten at room temperature.