June 19, 2010

The Beginning of an Addiction - Peanut Butter Bars

Yes, it's official.  I, The Speeding Turtle, am addicted and obsessed with peanut butter.
It probably isn't healthy to have little twitch-fits and hyperventilate with the mere mention of the delicious food, and yet it happens to me.

I'd never been much of a fan of peanut butter before, and only really ate it when it was mixed with honey on toast.  So where does this addiction spring from?  I'll tell you.  It all began the fateful day that I made Nigella Lawson's Peanut Butter Bars.

The Peanut Butter Bars were amazing; sweet, chocolatey, peanutty and so good I wanted to whip up another batch right away and devour it all.  It's easy enough, too, with no baking involved (unless you count microwaving).  In the words of Nigella Lawson: "You may think that seeing how the dough is made - just peanut butter, butter and sugar - might put you off eating them.  Sadly not."

I made them so often after that first time that Mum had to restrict me to making them only once every two months.  *Sigh*
12 days until July.

Recipe Adapted From: How to be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson
Ingredients - Base (20 cm (8 inch) square tin)

50g brown sugar
200g icing sugar
50g margarine (you can use butter, but I think it tastes better with margarine)
200g smooth (or crunchy) peanut butter

Ingredients - Topping
150g dark/milk chocolate (I use dark)
1 tablespoon margarine/butter

1. Combine the ingredients for the base.  I use my Kitchenaid with the K beater attachment.

2. Sample the dough.  If you want it more peanutty, add more peanut butter; but know that this will make the dough softer and more squidgy.

3. Line a 23cm square tin (or equivalent) with baking paper.  Press the dough evenly into the tin and refrigerate.

4. Make the topping.  Put the chocolate and butter into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until mostly melted.  Stir.

5. Pour the chocolate mixture onto the base and spread.  To get the chocolate flat, rap the tin on the tabletop and it should flatten out.

6. Refrigerate until chocolate is just set.  Occupy yourself with other tasks so you don't die of anticipation.

7. Cut the peanut butter bar into little squares with a hot knife.  If the chocolate is too hard and the base too soft - meaning that when you try to cut, the base all squidges out of shape - then turn the bar upside down and cut.

8. Eat.  Omnomnomnomnomnom.

For a bit of class, instead of having Peanut Butter Bars you can have Peanut Butter Balls.  Instead of forming the dough into a bar, roll the dough into small balls and freeze them.  Then dip in chocolate.  If desired, you can drizzle more chocolate over the top once the bottom layer is hard.

Another change you can make is to add Rice Bubbles to the dough.  This is a good thing - the crunchiness is good, and the addition of another ingredient means the volume of dough is greater.  Therefore, you can get more yum out of the same recipe!

I thoroughly recommend that you try these.  Enjoy!


  1. aimlesswandererJune 19, 2010

    Mmm, this looks good, though I rarely eat peanut butter. I think I will make this next. No cooking even.

  2. ....If only I liked Peanut Butter. They look and sound A - mazing! Wooh! XDXD

  3. These are the best! I love them.

  4. Peanut butter + chocolate = YUM!!

  5. Definitely add rice bubbles

  6. @ aimlesswanderer : doooo iiiiiiit...
    @ Edara : I can't imagine why you don't like peanut butter anymore! :(
    @ steph : Thanks!
    @ SweetOnVeg : Yes, it's one of the best sweet combos in the world, I believe. *Nodnod*
    @ Mum: Yesyes!

  7. I saw this recipe on tastespotting and I just made them. They are absolutely fantastic! Yum! And so easy too!

  8. @ Leah : Thanks, I'm glad you like them! They are truly addictive.

  9. Buckeyes in bar form..so obvious, so perfect so stupid after 40 years of making this classic confection I never thought to save time and mess by foregoing the fiddly ball-formation and dipping! Thanks!

    1. Hi there, I hope you enjoy these in bar form! I have used this recipe and dipped the balls but it's way too much effort when you can just slap it in a cake tin! :)