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Peanut Chocolate Bars

Sue Thomas of Casa Grande, Arizona uses common pantry items to whip up these bars. Peanut butter combines with a cake mix for a tender crust. Then a rich layer of cream cheese is topped with chocolate chips and nuts before baking.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    about 2-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 cup peanut butter, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup salted peanuts

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, 2/3 cup peanut butter and egg until crumbly. Press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.
  • In another large bowl, beat cream cheese and remaining peanut butter until smooth. Gradually beat in milk and sugar. Carefully spread over crust. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and peanuts.
  • Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and center is set. Cool completely before cutting. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 208 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 191mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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