Peanut Butter Cup S’More Bars

25 Apr

Peanut Butter Cup S'More Bars | Adventures of a Hungry Redhead
Tomorrow is my birthday, so I had a grand plan to make today’s post a birthday cake theme. I had pinned and gone through dozens of birthday cake flavored treats and thought I found the perfect one, but alas, be it the recipe or me, it was a birthday cake fail. But you know what? That’s ok, because it means I get to share these Peanut Butter Cup S’more bars with you instead, which I would gladly accept in lieu of cake… but only if cake really wasn’t an option, especially Publix marble cake with buttercream frosting. Or ice cream. Or both.

These could potentially challenge my favorite S’more Cookie Bar recipe. I didn’t think it could get much better than those, but add full size peanut butter cups? Mind blown.

Peanut Butter Cup S'More Bars | Adventures of a Hungry Redhead
I almost forgot how much I love peanut butter cups. Especially full-size ones. I think they taste different than the miniature ones and I think it’s because the peanut butter to chocolate ratio is different.

Peanut Butter Cup S'More Bars | Adventures of a Hungry Redhead
Since I made these I’ve been craving peanut butter cups and everything to do with peanut butter cups. I can’t actually go out and buy any though because I would eat them all in one sitting. So I overdo it on the peanut butter cups when I get frozen yogurt, eat every peanut butter chocolate chip granola bar in sight and maybe.. just maybe.. eat peanut butter straight from the jar sprinkled with milk chocolate chips (and not my homemade peanut butter, the sugary artificial stuff).

Yeah… that Paleo thing nosedived quick. Sorry. But I’m actually a Pagen, remember?

Peanut Butter Cup S'More Bars | Adventures of a Hungry Redhead
But back to these hunks of thick, glorious, chewy, fluffy, peanut butter, marshmallow and graham goodness. What was I saying about them? Oh yeah: make them. Make them now and hide the peanut butter when you’re done.

Peanut Butter Cup S’mores Bars
by Mel’s Sweet Life

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
16 peanut butter cups, regular size
1 1/2 cups marshmallow fluff

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line an 8×8 baking dishing with parchment paper or aluminum foil; coat lightly with cooking spray.

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and graham cracker crumbs.

In a large bowl of the bowl of stand mixer, beat butter and sugars until fluffy.  Beat in egg and vanilla until combined.  Scrape down the sides.  With the mixer on low, stir in the flour, baking powder, salt, and graham cracker crumbs until mixed.

Spread 2/3 of the dough on the bottom of the prepared baking dish.  Lightly press the peanut butter cups into the dough, then spread marshmallow fluff on top. Don’t worry about measuring 1 1/2 cups exactly. Just dollop and spread until the peanut butter cups are covered. Take balls of the remaining dough and flatten with your fingers, then lay atop the marshmallow. Piece together until the dough is gone and marshmallow is covered. Alternatively, the original recipe suggests you press the remaining dough on a non-stick surface into the shape of an 8×8 square then place the square on top of the fluff and press down lightly.

Bake for 30 minutes or until the edges just begin to brown.  Allow to cool for at least two hours to give the bars a chance to set, then remove from the pan and cut into squares with a large, sharp knife.

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One Response to “Peanut Butter Cup S’More Bars”

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