I owe these delicious looking bars Peanut Butter Candy Bar Bars a lot, other than the 5 pounds I think I have gained from eating them. I credit them and my friend Liz, to encouraging me to start this blog! Let me explain. One day I’m sitting in my room with Liz, on the computer while simultaneously watching TV, avoiding doing homework, and/or going to class. Liz is an avid user of Stumbleupon.com and one day she “stumbled” upon Tastespotting. She quickly alerted me because I love making and eating food. It was love at first sight. I quickly became addicted to Tastespotting and other food porn sites like it.
I had never seen a food blog before this, it was like a whole new world had been opened up to me. A world of me sitting at my computer pretty much drooling over delicious looking recipes and pictures. A world where I would spend all my extra money on baking supplies just to be able to try these recipes for myself. I discovered the recipe for these bars on Bake or Break and knew I needed to make them ASAP. As you may have guessed, I have a huge sweet tooth and my three favorite foods are peanut butter, chocolate, and cheese. Well this recipe has 2 of those things and candy so it makes up for the lack of cheese. After I tried these bars something changed. It’s not as if this is hard recipe to make or anything but I started to think about food blogs and baking and how to spend my free time and then suddenly it hit me: I should start a food blog. Two problems: I despised writing and I didn’t think I could do this all on my own. Problems solved–I have actually started to enjoy writing…I won’t be writing any novels or anything but I don’t dread it anymore, and I happened to have a wonderful best friend who loves food as much as I do.
A short phone conversation later, Ariel and I were ecstatic to be starting a blog, after midterms were over (see mom and dad school does come first!). Oh and there was also the issue of coming up with a name which we brainstormed about over food and studying of course. About a week later, we had Nosh and Tell up and running just in time for Ariel’s birthday with this post. Now, almost 4 months later, we have about 70 posts, a website in the works, a facebook fan page, learned how to tweet, and so much support from friends, family and foodies everywhere that we are overwhelmed with gratitude! We knew we had the dedication, chops, and love for food to do this right, but we didn’t dare to hope for as much success as we have had. It is truly humbling. So thank you thank you thank you from the bottom of our hearts and food filled tummies to everyone who is reading this, who has commented, and given us some advice along the way–you don’t know how much we appreciate it! As usual I am off on a tangent, back to the bars.
Like I said, something changed after these bars, they started this blog! Which is why it’s weird that I’m just getting around to posting them. They are amazing. They have Butterfingers, Reese’s, chocolate chips, peanut butter, and a Nutter Butter crust. Dangerous and addicting. Sometimes you just have to know how to walk away from the pan…I, unfortunately, am bad at this and have consumed many of these bars. I fondly call them candy bar bars for short because they are pretty much a candy bar. They are gooey with the nutty taste from the peanut butter cut by the sweetness of the candy and chocolate chips. The Nutter Butter crust is fantastic and adds a great flavor to these bars. Not to mention that while they are baking your kitchen will be filled with the aroma of caramelizing Butterfingers and peanut butter cookies. I love them so much I even made a cheesecake out of them! They are just incredible. I cannot say enough about them. Everyone who eats them always ends up eating at least three, they will haunt you, I would recommend finding friends to pawn these off on unless you inhale the the pan straight out of the oven which is also possible. These are a perfect gift for anyone (unless they’re allergic to nuts) because they are rich and decadent enough to impress, but easy to make. If you are to bake one thing from Nosh and Tell…it should be these bars. They did start a blog!
Peanut Butter Candy Bar Bars
Adapted from Bake or Break
Makes about 28 bars
1 16 oz package of Nutter Butter cookies, crushed or ground in food processor
1/2 cup butter* (1 stick) melted
14 oz sweetened condensed milk*
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter*
1 tbsp vanilla
7 & 1/2 oz peanut butter cups, about 8 normal size peanut butter cups, coarsely chopped
4 oz Butterfinger candy bars, about 7 small/fun size candy bars, coarsely chopped
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (I also add about 1/4 cup peanut butter chips)
1/2 cup honey-roasted peanuts (optional, I do not add these)
*Healthy Swaps: use light butter, fat free sweetened condensed milk, and reduced fat peanut butter or Smart Balance Peanut Butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13 x 9 pan with aluminum foil allowing it to extend over edges of pan. Greasy/spray foil.
Combine crushed cookies and butter. Press mixture into bottom of prepared pan. Bake for 6-8 minutes.
Combine condensed milk, peanut butter, and vanilla, stirring until smooth. Set aside.
Sprinkle chopped candy bars, chocolate chips, and peanuts if using over crust. Drizzle condensed milk mixture over toppings in an even layer.
Bake for 25-27 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool in pan on wire rack. Using foil, lift out of pan. Peel foil away, and cut into bars.