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.

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Reese’s Peanut Butter White Chocolate Bark

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: serves 10-12
  • Category: Candy
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

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


Ingredients

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure 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

Instructions

  1. Line a 9×13 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.

Notes

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

Keywords: peanut butter white chocolate bark

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

70 Comments

  1. I’m not a huge fan of white chocolate, until it is combined with peanut butter – somehow that combination just works. These look awesome Sally – perfect for an October sweet tooth!

    1. white chocolate and peanut butter is seriously underrated! I may like it better than regular chocolate! 😉

  2. Hahah! ‘like a shoe with no laces’ – that’s how I feel about PB and chocolate too! White chocolate is surely the way to go! Your bark looks gorgeous, Sally!

    1. it’s so true, isn’t it?? 😀

  3. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says:

    Oh my word!!! I want to hug you for this recipe…I think it might be one of my all time favorites!!! Lazy day candy bars = awesomesauce!!!!! I love that thick layer of peanut butter in the white chocolate. I never make bark because I have always thought it was way too sweet. But this…this will be happening in my house. Reeses bark here I come:-)

    1. Thanks Jocelyn! I typically don’t go for bark either because it’s way too rich, but the salty peanut butter tides is all down. I’m glad you like it!

  4. Oh my gosh, I LOVE white chocolate and I feel like there aren’t enough recipes out there that use it! This bark is so gorgeous and looks really fancy…despite its ease of assembly! 😉

    1. that’s what I was going for! a beautiful, decadent dessert I could enjoy and share with my reders AND a recipe that took little effort. 😀

  5. Right there: my two favourite ingredients in the world! Can’t wait to try this!

  6. This looks so delicious! I’m not sure I could ever get enough peanut butter in my life 🙂

    1. you and me alike Joanne. 😉

  7. Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection says:

    A peanut butter layer inside the bark?! If someone was going to come up with this brilliant idea, it would be you. High five!

    1. you always give me a confidence boost in my recipes Elaine! thanks girl.

  8. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says:

    I LOVE WHITE CHOCOLATE! Ahhhh in my opinion it’s better than regular choc and peanut butter together.

    1. I 100% secretly AGREE with you Erin.

  9. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel says:

    Holy moly, Sally. This bark is incredible!! You’re so right–bark is both thoughtless and thoughtful, as it’s completely EASY to do yet so unique and special that it’s one-of-a-kind. And I’m SO glad you decided to fill your bark with a creamy pb layer inside. REALLY?! So very Sally 🙂 & I love you used white chocolate, because between you and me, white is my fave kind of chocolate.

    1. thoughtless AND thoughtful – LOVE IT! I’m making bark for my coworkers during Xmas. I’m going to have so much baking going on for the blog that it will be nice to give an easy treat to my coworkers 🙂 Thanks Hayley!

  10. Hi Sally,

    I just discovered your blog a couple of weeks ago and my stomach and I are totally hooked. I have a pinboard on Pinterest called: “Food I lust After” and half the pins are now your recipes! You and I seem to have the same weaknesses, so I pin one of your recipes about every day.

    Never liked white chocolate much, but I am going to try this recipe because it looks WONDERFUL! You could win me over to white chocolate –after all, it IS chocolate, and that’s ALWAYS a good thing!

    1. Hi Val! That is so wonderful to hear, thank you so much for the kind words and all the pins! How lovely. It makes my day. You’ll love white chocolate in this recipe -it’s hard not to!

  11. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes says:

    Ahhhh this is just fabulous. Thanks for the tip on melting the white chocolate chips – I attempted this once and it was an epic fail. White chocolate chips don’t seem to wanna melt!

    1. I’ve had a ton of trouble with white chocolate chips melting – the shortening works wonders every time!

  12. Averie @ Averie Cooks says:

    I haven’t had Reese’s Pieces in far too long. Maybe since last Halloween? They are the type of candy I just don’t buy b/c I can mindlessly eat a bag in record time! I have fond memories of eating them in my lecture classes in college to try to stay awake and pass the time. Math class comes to mind 🙂

    Love all the white choc and PB and good stuff in this bark, Sally!

  13. Love that bark!! Question, Do you think it would work as well with Crunchy Peanut butter? I think nuts would be really good combo. Thank you for sharing. I’m making your pretzels hugs for halloween. Dina

    1. Definitely Dina! Give crunchy peanut butter a try. I might top my next bark with honey roasted peanuts! You gave me inspiration.

  14. amy @ fearless homemaker says:

    Would you believe that, despite eating tons of chocolate bark, i’ve never made it myself? i need to change that ASAP because it is so delicious AND it looks so easy to make. And your version? To die for!

    1. Amy, you HAVE to get on the bark bandwagon!! Just like I need to get on the slow cooker bandwagon 🙁

  15. With PB is the ONLY way to each chocolate. These look amazing!!

  16. Nicole @ Lapetitebaker says:

    What a brilliant idea! I have never made bark before. It has also seemed like a such a boring dessert to me but this reese’s peanut butter white chocolate bark is far from it.

    1. I always thought it was boring too. Not anymore!

  17. Microwave fudge! I love the sounds of that 🙂

  18. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl says:

    I LOVE to make bark, especially during the holidays, when I’m so pressed for time making/baking other things. This version looks amazing, Sally–that peanut butter layer is calling out my name! Perfection!

  19. Oh My!! Looks AMAZING! I’m so making this today!

    1. Hi Lara! I hope you enjoy it!

  20. Jen @ Savory Simple says:

    Brilliant!!

  21. Nicole @ The Marvelous Misadventures of Foodie says:

    I loove that you put Reeses Pieces on top – thats what did me in (as if chocolate + PB wasnt enough..)

  22. Erin @ Texanerin Baking says:

    I shook my head at you when I saw the first picture. These are just insanely ridiculously riduclous. Of course in a good way. I’m obsessed with white chocolate and love peanut butter so I will definitely have to make a tiny batch of this!

    1. I recently learned how much you LOVE white chocolate! I need to try your homemade version 🙂

  23. umm WOW! I don’t even have the words to describe how amazing these sound!! My sister loves reese peanut butter cups & white chocolate. Her birthday is coming up in a few weeks and I can’t wait to make these for her ! 🙂 Pinning this for later

    1. Hi Kate! How PERFECT! You are a sweet sister to make a treat for her birthday. Thanks for the pin!

  24. I can’t wait to make my next bark recipe – i used to think it was a boring dessert. Not anymore!

  25. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says:

    Oh. My. God. Sally. I loooooove this. Bark is my favorite candy to make – it’s so easy. This is perfect, and I want to face plant in that peanut butter layer.

  26. what katie's baking says:

    you’re so awesome!! white chocolate and peanut butter are seriously meant for each other. yum!!!
    your photos always blow my mind… so perfect!

    1. the photography compliment means more to me than you know, thank you so much Katie. 🙂

  27. How long can you store this?

    1. Hi Kelsey – Store bark in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.

      1. Thanks so much! Made this today and it turned out even better than I expected!

      2. Hey Kelsey! I am always so glad to hear that – I am making this bark again in a couple of weeks for a New Years party. Can’t wait!

  28. My eyes are aching from the lack of focus in the upper half of each photo. Should I really need to scroll down just to figure out just what my eyes are supposed to be focusing on? I guess the photos display technical skills that a photographer might appreciate – but to a layperson like me, it’s sort of annoying and seems gratuitous. You’re not the only offender with this, I’ve noticed an epidemic of this on food blogs – it seems to be the latest trend. The recipe may be great, but a little more cropping and focus on the actual subject would be less aggravating to the eye and this reader.

    1. Hi Shannon! Thanks for the feedback. I’m sorry you’re so upset with pictures on recipe blogs. If you aren’t fond of my photos, you don’t have to visit my website. Thanks!

    2. Wow…that is the most nit-picky, petty comment I’ve ever read on a food blog. I’ve seen some negative comments about the actual recipes, but at least it’s due to the disappointing result of someone’s efforts and expense and about the actual content of the blog. Shannon, there’s a super easy fix for this, which Sally also suggested: just stop reading the blog. I’m sure the person who has the gun to your head forcing you to damage your eyes would understand.

      Way to be professional, though, Sally. You’re far nicer than I would have been! And don’t mind Shannon’s super sensitive eyesight-your photography is great!

      1. Thanks Melinda. I try to realize that not everyone will like my photos and/or recipes. I appreciate the super sweet comment!

  29. Looks amazing…. just wondering though, how do you spread peanut butter over melted chocolate? Wouldn’t you need to cool the bottom layer first?

    1. No you do not. The very thick peanut butter layer will slightly swirl with the white chocolate at the bottom as we mentioned. Thanks Sarah!

  30. tijuana (po' man meals) says:

    thanks for re-posting these! so glad to run across this recipe. a genius idea of creating bark. so easy, so yummy!

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