Best-Loved Chocolate Bars Recipe

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Best-Loved Chocolate Bars Recipe
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Best-Loved Chocolate Bars Recipe

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Whenever I'm invited to a potluck with family and friends, it's understood these scrumptious bars will come with me. Our grandchildren request them when they visit. Usually, I wait until they arrive, so we can make the treats together.—Paula Marchesi, Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania
MAKES:
24 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES:
24 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 package (18-1/4 ounces) chocolate cake mix
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs(about 16 squares)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter*
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons half-and-half cream
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 jar (11-3/4 ounces) hot fudge ice cream topping
  • 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup salted peanuts

Directions

In a bowl, combine the dry cake mix and cracker crumbs. Cut in peanut butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a bowl, whisk the egg and cream. Add to the crumb mixture just until moistened. Set aside 3/4 cup for topping. Press the remaining crumb mixture into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.
In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add fudge topping; mix well. Spread over the crust. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, peanuts and reserved crumb mixture. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack. Cover; refrigerate at least 4 hours. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers.
*Editor's note:Reduced-fat or generic brands of peanut butter are not recommended for this recipe. Yield: 2 dozen.
Editor's Note: Reduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.
Originally published as Best-Loved Chocolate Bars in Country Woman July/August 2004, p31

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 326 calories, 17g fat (7g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 268mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

  • 1 package (18-1/4 ounces) chocolate cake mix
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs(about 16 squares)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter*
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons half-and-half cream
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 jar (11-3/4 ounces) hot fudge ice cream topping
  • 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  1. In a bowl, combine the dry cake mix and cracker crumbs. Cut in peanut butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a bowl, whisk the egg and cream. Add to the crumb mixture just until moistened. Set aside 3/4 cup for topping. Press the remaining crumb mixture into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add fudge topping; mix well. Spread over the crust. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, peanuts and reserved crumb mixture. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack. Cover; refrigerate at least 4 hours. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers.
  3. *Editor's note:Reduced-fat or generic brands of peanut butter are not recommended for this recipe. Yield: 2 dozen.
Editor's Note: Reduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.
Originally published as Best-Loved Chocolate Bars in Country Woman July/August 2004, p31

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HeatherHH User ID: 1550099 112869
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2012

"These were okay, but none of us (myself and 6 children) were really that impressed with them. There are a ton of other desserts, including easy ones, that we'd rather have."

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Domino712 User ID: 5577041 86040
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2010

"I made this recipe for a crowd based on the reviews and boy did I make a mistake. They were very dry and had no appeal. Very disappointed. I had to double the recipe to feed more but followed it to a tee so maybe that had something to do with it not sure. I couldn't give the leftovers away. Will not make them again."

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sanddeb6 User ID: 4685405 55586
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2010

"I add 1/4 c. peanut better to the hot fudge"

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JFenrick User ID: 1441711 59454
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2009

"I made these for my 8th grade class and they gobbled them up. I loved the white chocolate chip tip."

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JennyTaylor User ID: 2874618 55560
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2008

"What a rich and yummy bar! I used white chocolate chips instead of the peanuts to make them even more chocolatey!"

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