Peanut Butter Caramel Bars
Recipe type: Dessert
Makes: 20 bite-sized bars
Gooey peanut butter cookie bars are layered with chocolate and salted caramel for a decadent bite-sized treat.
  • 130g (~1 cup) all-purpose flour
  • 12g (1 ½ teaspoons) baking soda
  • 113g (½ cup) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 258 g (1 cup) creamy peanut butter
  • 160g (~¾ cup) granulated sugar
  • 117g (~1/2 cup) packed light brown sugar
  • 100g (2 large) whole eggs, at room temperature
  • 5 milliliters (1 teaspoon) vanilla extract
  • 180g (~1 cup) peanut butter chips
  • 180g (~1 cup) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ⅔ cup salted caramel (preferably homemade)
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees; line a 9x9 inch pan with parchment paper with edges coming up the sides and set aside
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and baking soda, set aside
  3. Using a mixer, in a large bowl beat peanut butter, butter and sugars on high until light and fluffy
  4. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until combined
  5. Reduce speed to low and stir in flour mixture just until combined
  6. Stir in peanut butter chips
  7. Wrap half of dough with seran wrap and place in refrigerator; press remaining dough into bottom of prepared baking pan and bake for 15 minutes
  8. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle chocolate chips over top; let sit for ~6 minutes and then carefully spread chocolate chips so that the cookie dough layer is mostly covered
  9. Pour salted caramel over chocolate
  10. Take chilled dough out of fridge and drop tablespoon-sized chunks of dough over top
  11. Place baking pan back in oven for 25 minutes or until top is lightly browned
  12. Allow to cool completely before removing from pan and cutting
Store covered at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze wrapped well in tin foil for up to two months
Recipe by Keep It Sweet Desserts at