Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark

chocolate peanut butter bark

No plain old peppermint bark here! This week I’m sharing all about my experiment making chocolate peanut butter bark!

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. There’s a million reasons why but one of my favorite reasons is the baking. The girls and I go to town on making all kinds of cookies and treats. It’s something we look forward to every year and something the girls can really get involved in. They are professional mixers and stirrers. Haha.

This year we wanted to try a different kind of cookie. We’re all slightly obsessed with all things peanut butter and chocolate so, we decided to give chocolate and peanut butter bark a go!

It was relatively easy to make and required no baking at all. We did everything out of the microwave because the only thing you need to do is melt the chocolate chips and peanut butter.

The only part that was a little tough was the peanut butter. We use natural peanut butter for everything else in my house. So, it didn’t even occur to me to use anything different but, the natural peanut butter did create it’s challenges.

For starters, the majority of natural peanut butter is a little loser than the other versions of peanut butter. So, the natural peanut butter didn’t really harden up until it was left in the fridge over night. Even after that, if it was left out of the fridge it softened up pretty quickly. Not the end of the world but just remember to keep it in the fridge until you’re going to serve it so it can stay firm.

Also, because it is natural peanut butter it does have to be refrigerated and can’t be left out on the counter. This didn’t really bother me much but is something to think about depending on how you will be serving it. If it can’t be refrigerated until you are about to serve it you can substitute natural peanut butter for any other regular version you love and then it can sit on the counter far a week or so. And if you go this route you won’t need to add any honey because regular peanut butter is typically more sweet.

Remember you can add any toppings you want! We had pretzels on hand and I love sweet and salty so it was a no brainer to me. But you can add anything from nuts to toffee. Experiment and have fun.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bark

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Chocolate peanut butter bark

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped chocolate bar or chocolate chips (milk or dark chocolate chips can be used)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup chopped pretzels (any size or shape will work)
  • You will need parchment paper/silpat mat and a flat baking sheet.
  • Notes:
    **If you are substituting regular peanut butter for natural peanut butter you can omit the honey, as regular peanut butter is sweeter then natural peanut butter.

Instructions

  • To make the bottom layer you will melt 1 1/2 cups of the chocolate mixed with the salt and coconut oil in the microwave for 30 seconds and then stir. Put back into microwave for 30 more seconds, then stir. You will repeat this process until the chocolate is completely melted.
  • Spread the chocolate onto silpat/parchment paper into the shape of a big rectangle.
  • Let sit in fridge for 30 minutes or until hard.
  • Mix together peanut butter and honey, then melt in the microwave for 30 seconds or long enough to soften it enough to be spreadable.
  • Spread peanut butter mixture over chocolate layer and then add pretzel pieces. Put back into fridge for 30 minutes to harden up.
  • To add the final topping you will melt the rest of the chocolate as we did above.
  • Once the remaining chocolate is melted you will drizzle it over the pretzel layer. Put the bark back into the fridge to harden up the final layer.
  • Once completely solid you can break or chop the bark into pieces.
  • Will last in the fridge for a week to two weeks if using natural peanut butter. If you use a regular peanut butter it will last ON the counter for a week.

Do you have a cookie or treat you always bake during the holidays? Share it in the comments below, I would love to hear about it!!

XoXo-B

 

17 Comment

  1. OMG! These look amazing! My family is baking tomorrow and this is for sure getting made. thank you so much for sharing!!!!

    1. Mombeyondmom Mombeyondmom says: Reply

      Yay!! I hope you all enjoy!!!!

  2. I LOVE the salty and sweet combo! Yummy!

    1. Mombeyondmom Mombeyondmom says: Reply

      Me too!!

  3. Morgan says: Reply

    This looks delicious!! I will definitely be making it!

    1. Mombeyondmom Mombeyondmom says: Reply

      Hope you enjoy

  4. Lisa says: Reply

    Oh my, these look delicious!! I am saving this to my “Recipes to try” file!

    1. Mombeyondmom Mombeyondmom says: Reply

      Hehe thank u

  5. this looks so good and I love that it’s so easy to make!

  6. Oh my husband would go nuts for this, chocolate and peanut butter is his favorite combo in the world! Thanks for the great recipe, can’t wait to try it 🙂

    1. Mombeyondmom Mombeyondmom says: Reply

      No problem, hope you guys enjoy it

  7. raylynne says: Reply

    I cant wait to try this recipe! Thank you for making it printable for us! Also, major props to you and your visuals. They look great!

    1. Mombeyondmom Mombeyondmom says: Reply

      Haha— it’s taken some practice to get decent, still so much to learn. thank you so much though!

  8. Peanut butter, pretzels AND chocolate. All of my favorite things! YUM

  9. Oh my goodness, this bark recipe looks so darn good! I will have to make this for my kids for the holidays! Thank you for sharing your recipe!

  10. Boy does that look delicious! Chocolate and Peanut Butter are a match made in heaven, so I’m sure this bark recipe tastes as good as it looks. This would make an excellent gift too!

  11. Lianne says: Reply

    Oh my goodness! I’m just of to the kitchen to start making these now!!
    Merry Christmas!
    Lianne @ http://www.makesbakesanddecor.com

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