Sunday, January 18, 2009

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Squares


I saw this recipe ages ago on Bake or Break. I knew I wanted to make the recipe so I emailed it to myself and forgot about. Then this past week I went to CVS to buy some candy for my team at work. I was looking at the Valentines Day candy and noticed a display of Christmas decorations marked 90% off. I thought "Wouldn't it be nice if they had Christmas candy on sale." Then to my luck, I turned around and found Christmas Candy 90% off! I bought bags of Resse's miniature peanut butter cups, Hershey's kisses, Hershey's dark chocolate kisses, and Hershey's miniatures all for only 29 cents a bag! Needless to say I bought a ton (i.e. 24 bags). I brought 4 bags home to use in baking and left the rest at work. Since I had all this candy, I knew it was the perfect time to make these bars. For personal reasons I decided last week I was not going to eat any candy, sweets, or baked goods for a month. In other words I gave up all dessert until Valentines Day. Since I was not able to eat these I can not tell you if they were good or not, but my co-workers seemed to genuinly enjoy them today. If I were to make them again and I was going to eat them I think I would use Twix instead of Butterfinger.

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Squares
recipe adapted from My Recipes

1 (16-oz.) package Nutter Butters, crushed
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
7 & 1/2 ounces peanut butter cups (about 25 miniature cups), coarsely chopped
4 ounces Butterfinger candy bars (about 7 small candy bars), coarsely chopped
1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels

Combine crushed cookies and butter in a medium bowl. Press crumb mixture into bottom of a greased aluminum foil-lined 13" x 9" pan, allowing foil to extend over ends of pan. Bake at 350° for 6 to 8 minutes.

Combine condensed milk, peanut butter, and vanilla in a medium bowl, stirring until smooth.

Sprinkle chopped candy bars and chocolate morsels over crust. Drizzle condensed milk mixture over coconut.

Bake at 350° for 27 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to a wire rack, and let cool in pan. Use foil to lift uncut brownies out of pan. Peel foil away from sides of uncut brownies, and cut into bars.

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