Reese’s Peanut Butter White Chocolate Bark

Easy white chocolate bark filled with a creamy peanut butter filling.

Reese's White Chocolate Bark - creamy peanut butter filling, lots of Reese's Pieces, and so easy to make!

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.

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.

Reese's Peanut Butter White Chocolate Bark by sallysbakingaddiction.com

Today’s “recipe” happened in about 10 minutes. 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.

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 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.

 

Reese's Peanut Butter White Chocolate Bark

Easy white chocolate bark filled with a creamy peanut butter filling.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup confectioners' (powdered) sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 16 oz white baking chocolate* (such as Ghirardelli)
  • 1/2 cup chopped Reese's Pieces candies
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter chips

Directions:

  1. Line a 9x13 baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir the peanut butter, sugar, softened butter, vanilla, and salt until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 for up to 1 week.

Recipe Notes:

*If using white chocolate chips, melt with 1 teaspoon shortening so the chocolate is smooth and easy to spread.

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Reese's White Chocolate Bark - creamy peanut butter filling, lots of Reese's Pieces, and so easy to make!