Ahh the holidays. There’s just something about the holidays that screams homemade candy. And when you have two boys who are just under the age of 12 (yes, I said under) who are crazy about peanut butter, it’s a guarantee I’m making some homemade candy.
I love this recipe because it’s not only delicious, but ridiculously easy to make. You can whip these up in no time but they’ll knock any homemade candy lover’s socks off.
I mean just look at these bars. You could honestly just stop right here. But don’t. Because you have to make these.
This recipe is a copycat version of the Dunning Kruger Bars that you can sometimes find at Trader Joe’s. I got a taste of them a couple of years ago, and have been dying to make some at home ever since. I decided to just go for it, and I’m so glad I did. The peanut butter bars are soft, chewy, and just plain addicting. And you’re going to be SO impressed with the recipe. It’s simple, easy, and you just can’t go wrong.
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 cups butterscotch chips
- 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
- 1/2 cup butterscotch chips (additional for topping)
- 1/2 cup peanuts (additional for topping)
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease and flour a 9x13 pan.
- Cream butter and sugars together in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and mix until well combined.
- Add flour, baking soda and salt and mix until well combined.
- Add chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and peanut butter chips and mix until well combined.
- Spread dough into prepared pan.
- In a small bowl, mix 1/2 cup butterscotch chips and peanuts. Sprinkle over the top of the dough.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top is set and golden brown.
- Cool completely before cutting into bars.