Homemade Peanut Butter Cup Candy Bars

Peanut Butter Cup Candy Bars ~ A cross between a candy bar and bark, loaded with peanut butter cups, peanuts and Reese's Puffs Cereal!

Baking is overrated some days.

Some days you need a chocolate fix without all the mixing and preheating.

Some days you need to melt some chocolate, top it with cereal and call it a day.

Some days turns out to be today.

This is essentially a bark, but not a bark, because it’s a little thicker…and also because I didn’t want to call it bark.

And since I invented it, I have that ability.

In this candy bar (bark) we have chocolate, peanuts, mini peanut butter cups AND Reese’s Puffs cereal.  It’s a chocolate and peanut butter party.

And again, you don’t even have to bake it.  I’m winning at desserts today.

Peanut Butter Cup Candy Bars ~ A cross between a candy bar and bark, loaded with peanut butter cups, peanuts and Reese's Puffs Cereal!

So let’s get these Homemade Peanut Butter Cup Candy Bars (Bark) show on the road.

First, chop up some honey roasted peanuts…

Chopped honey roasted peanuts on a cutting board

Then melt some chocolate.  About 3 cups.  I used Hershey’s Baking Melts.

Chocolate melting wafers in a large glass measuring cup

They melt pretty much the same way that a chocolate chip would, just to let you know, they aren’t like those candy baking melts.

A spoonful of melted chocolate over a liquid measuring cup of melted chocolate

Mix in your chopped nuts…

Melted chocolate with chopped peanuts in a glass measuring cup

Then get your mini peanut butter cups ready…

Mini peanut butter cups in a measuring cup

And stir them in.   They might melt a touch, but that’s ok!

Mini peanut butter cups in a glass measuring cup of melted chocolate and chopped peanutsSpread that onto a baking sheet lined with parchment to about 8″x11″.  You want a little thickness.

Melted chocolate peanut butter mixture spread on a parchment-lined sheet pan

And then measure out your cereal…about 2 cups.

Chocolate peanut butter cereal puffs in a measuring cupAnd press that into the chocolate.  Make sure you press it in, though, because if you don’t it will all pop off when you cut it into pieces.

Reeses puffs cereal over melted chocolate peanut butter mixture in a sheet panAnd if you’re feeling fancy, drizzle some melted peanut butter chips on top.

Peanut butter being drizzled over chocolate peanut butter bars

A pan of homemade peanut butter cup candy barsKinda cute, right?Chill it for a bit to set the chocolate and then cut it into pieces!Peanut Butter Cup Candy Bars ~ A cross between a candy bar and bark, loaded with peanut butter cups, peanuts and Reese's Puffs Cereal!

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Homemade Peanut Butter Cup Candy Bars


Description:

makes 16 bars


Ingredients:

  • 3 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped honey roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup mini peanut butter cups
  • 2 heaping cups Reese’s Puffs cereal (you could use Cocoa Puffs too)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1 tsp coconut oil or vegetable shortening

Instructions

  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Melt your chocolate chips in the microwave or over a double boiler.
  3. Once melted stir in chopped peanuts.
  4. Then stir in mini peanut butter cups. It’s ok if they melt slightly.
  5. Spread your mixture onto lined baking sheet into a rectangle approx 8″x11″. You don’t want it to be too thin like a bark candy, you want it to be a little thicker.
  6. Sprinkle your cereal on top of chocolate mixture evenly, pressing in to stick.
  7. Melt peanut butter chips and coconut oil or shortening in a ziptop bag in the microwave on 50% power for 30 seconds. Remove bag from microwave and squeeze, repeating the process until the chips are melted.
  8. Snip off a small corner of the bag and drizzle melted peanut butter chips on top.
  9. Place in refrigerator for 15 minutes until chocolate is set up.
  10. Cut or break into pieces.

Notes:

If weather is warm, you might want to keep these in the refrigerator until serving.

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Jeff @ Cheeseburger
May 28, 2013 11:00 am

I love this homemade treat. It takes time to prepare it but this just makes it more delicious.

bridget {bake at 350}
May 28, 2013 10:11 am

Oh my gosh…..cutest bar/bark EVER!!! Those puffs are like polka dots for dessert! Too cuuuuuute!

Erin @ Texanerin Baking
May 28, 2013 8:11 am

I feel like half the stuff I do now is no-bake… but it’s just because I’m lazy. So I love this! And there’s cereal in them. Therefore, breakfast food. Yeah! 🙂

Jessi
May 25, 2013 5:11 am

Looks better than a Reeses Cup or even a Butterfinger and I don’t say that lightly – wow!

Joanne
May 22, 2013 11:28 pm

One of the perks of blogging is definitely all of the creative license we get for stuff like this. it’s a bar if you say it’s a bar! And a damn tasty one at that.

Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking
May 22, 2013 4:37 pm

I think I have to go back to the store for Reese’s Puffs now. Like, immediately. Amazing recipe, Shelly!

Amanda
May 22, 2013 1:23 pm

Oh yeah, these are so fun! I love Hershey melts too. Cereal candy bar sounds perfect to me!

Luv What You Do
May 22, 2013 12:30 pm

Reece’s cereal really is the BEST! I love that you made this into a super chocolatey dessert!

Jenny @ The Brunette Baker
May 22, 2013 12:27 pm

HOLY SMOKES. Are these for real? Swoon.

Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)
May 22, 2013 11:24 am

These look so nifty!!! What a genius concept!

Annie @ Annie
May 22, 2013 10:56 am

Holy crap, this is genius. Now you have me thinking of 15,265 different variations. Love it!

Jenna @ www.sensationallyseasonal.com

So, I think the cereal in the bark is genius. One of my favorite desserts when I was a kid was a Cocoa Puff Parfait. Literally a layer of Cocoa Puffs, then vanilla pudding, chocolate sauce and whipped cream, then repeat. It sounds gross I know, but trust me when I say it was awesome.

Cookbook Queen
May 22, 2013 8:58 am

I am completely in love with these — those Hershey baking melts are the best invention!!

Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion
May 22, 2013 8:39 am

These look great. so original

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious
May 22, 2013 3:15 am

Melted chocolate on cereal? Genius.

These bars? Too dangerous to have around the house. But then again you only live once!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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