You KNOW how I feel about peanut butter and chocolate.
I mean, chocolate without peanut butter is like a shoe with no laces. Pennies with no faces. Sentenceswithnospaces.
It just isn’t…. right.
If you’re tired of my peanut butter and chocolate contraptions lately, you’re in for a real treat today!
A giant brick of peanut butter and WHITE chocolate.
Yay! It’s something new and different to keep you on your toes. You’re welcome.
Bark is a miraculously lazy way to create a candy bar. A blessed little treat that takes literally no effort, thought, or preparation. By throwing random doo-dads from your pantry into melted chocolate, you can create some truly unique and creative chocolate candy. That’s why bark makes such a personable gift!
Today’s “recipe” happened in about 10 minutes – all stemming from the sudden urge to throw things into a pan and… eat it.
It was a systematic use of all the miscellaneous stuff hiding in my baking stash: the bottom of a peanut butter jar, a handful of Reese’s Pieces, a leftover bag of peanut butter chips, and a 1-pound bar of white chocolate that had been staring at me for weeks.
You knowwwwww you have rando schmando candies, nuts, chocolate, etc in your pantry. Make bark.
The white chocolate layers are pretty self explanatory. Melt white chocolate. Pour into a pan.
The middle peanut butter layer is la creme de la creme. The obvious star of the show here. It is a simple combination of powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, salt, and peanut butter. It tastes identical to the the creamy yet crumbly center of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.
I layered the peanut butter in extra thick for obvious reasons.
The slightly salty peanut butter layer keeps the bark from being sickeningly sweet. When you’re eating pure chocolate with candy on top, a little salty action provides a much needed flavor balance.
The topping? Just a simple handful of crushed Reese’s Pieces and peanut butter chips.
I eat peanut butter on my peanut butter.
The little candies on top provided a nice crunch to the otherwise soft and creamy bark. Plus, it’s a way to create something completely your own. I’m going to top my bark with chopped pretzels or chocolate sprinkles (!!!) next time.
Considering how much time this “recipe” did NOT take, one bite of this bark and you’ll wonder how it’s not illegal. It’s THAT good.
It’s like a massive White Chocolate Reese’s Cup that you can make in 10 minutes. With more Reese’s on top. And with more peanut butter. And even more chocolate.
Is this real life??!
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 16 oz white melting chocolate*
- 1/2 cup chopped Reese's Pieces candies
- 1/4 cup peanut butter chips
- Line a 13x9 (or 11x7) baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, stir the peanut butter, sugar, softened butter, vanilla, and salt until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
- In another medium bowl, melt the white chocolate according to package instructions. Pour half of the melted white chocolate into prepared baking dish. Spread out evenly with a rubber spatula. Spoon peanut butter mixture over top of the white chocolate layer. Gently spread the peanut butter layer over the white chocolate, creating some swirls as needed. Top with remaining melted white chocolate. Sprinkle Reese's Pieces and peanut butter chips on top.
- Allow to cool in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes to set up. Lift parchment paper and bark out of the pan and break into pieces with a knife. Store bark in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
*If using white chocolate chips, melt with 1 teaspoon shortening so the chocolate is smooth and easy to spread.
Recipe source: sallysbakingaddiction.com
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What are your favorite “thoughtless” recipes?
I have a few treats whose recipes are so easy, I even have them memorized!
Chewy Butterfinger Cookies – short ingredient list, no dough chilling, cookies in 15 minutes flat.
Cookie Dough Truffle Pops – make eggless cookie dough, dip into chocolate, put on stick. EASY.
Super-Chunk White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies - uses my go-to standard cookie dough base recipe. A cookie dough base recipe I use for nearly dozens of different cookies.
Peanut Butter Cup Granola – impossible to mess up, I make this simple granola recipe ALL the time.
Loaded Sugar Cookie Bars - starting with pre-made sugar cookie dough, you can add ANY of your favorite candies to make a special cookie bar treat. These take less than 30 minutes!