My family just returned from a trip to Ireland. My sister, who is an amazing cook – especially when it comes to desserts, fell in love with some Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Bars she had in Ireland, and came home to figure out the recipe. This is what she came up with:
CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CARAMEL BARS
1 cup organic or regular creamy peanut butter, divided
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups graham cracker crumbs(or twelve 2 1/2 x 5 inch crackers)
½ a jar of Caramel ice cream topping.
½ package Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST:
2 cups crushed graham cracker crumbs (twelve 2 1/2 x 5 inch crackers)
1/4 c. sugar
3/4 stick butter
Melt butter. Blend in crumbs and sugar. Press into 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees about 10 to 12 minutes. Cool before adding peanut butter caramel mix.
FILLING AND TOPPING:
- Melt peanut butter and caramel in medium, saucepan over lowest possible heat, stirring constantly, until smooth. Spread over graham cracker crust in pan. Let cool before adding chocolate topping.
- Melt chocolate chips in and spread over peanut butter filling evenly.
- Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until chocolate is firm, cut into bars.
Note: add more peanut butter or caramel to your taste. The caramel topping sweetens the peanut butter but if you want more peanut butter taste, add another ¼ cup to the recipe.