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Megans Cookin: Honey Roasted Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate Ganache Recipe

Friday, October 16, 2009

Honey Roasted Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate Ganache Recipe

It’s that time!

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12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies!

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And the 3rd cookie in this series is a real winner! A honey roasted peanut butter filling on top of a chocolate crust and covered in a sinfully rich chocolate ganache.

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Honey Roasted Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate Ganache

From Better Homes and Gardens Magazine Christmas Cookies

(Printable Recipe)

  • 1 Devil’s Food Cake Mix
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup honey roasted peanut butter
  • 2 TSP vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 TBSP whipping cream or milk
  • 3/4 cups honey roasted peanuts, chopped
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • 1 12 oz pkg Semi-sweet chocolate chips

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom only of 15x10x1 inch pan with cooking spray or shortening. (For easier cutting, line pan with foil, then grease foil on bottom only of pan.) Set aside.
  2. In an extra large bowl, combine dry cake mix, 1/3 cup butter, and egg.  Beat with an electric beater on low speed for 1 –2 minutes or until mixture is combined. Press mixture into bottom of prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 12 minutes.  Cool completely.
  3. In a large bowl, (I used same bowl, didn't even wash it!) combine 3/4 cup butter, peanut butter, and vanilla. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Beat in 2 TBSP whip cream. Stir in the chopped peanuts. Spread mixture evenly over the cooled crust. Place uncut bars in the refrigerator while you prepare the ganache.
  4. In small saucepan, bring 1/2 cup whipping cream just to boiling over medium high heat. Remove from heat and add chocolate chips. Do not stir. Let stand for 5 minutes. Stir until smooth.  Cool 15 minutes; spread over filling. Refrigerate 1-2 hours or until set. Cut into bars. Makes 48 bars.

Store covered in refrigerator. Let bars stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

 

More Christmas Cookies!

Nutella Swirl Cookies

Nutella Swirl Cookies with a Touch Of Orange

Cream Cheese Cinnamon Swirls

Baby Shortbread Bites with Mini Chocolate Chips and Toffee Pieces

Totally Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

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37 Comments:

Blogger April said...

YUM! I have this magazine and have this page "dog eared" to make! I'll take you word on it to make these soon!

October 16, 2009 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

This is just so cruel... especially on a Friday afternoon when I could really use a pick-me-up. :) Those look amazing!! I've made peanut butter bars with chocolate on top before but not honey roasted peanut butter and not with a chocolate crust. These must be heavenly!

October 16, 2009 at 10:49 AM  
Blogger Lynda said...

Oh my, these lookk decadent...got to have these babies! Bookmarked!

October 16, 2009 at 11:16 AM  
Anonymous Megan said...

Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my chin - I'm sitting here looking like a codfish with my mouth open. Those look fabulous.

October 16, 2009 at 12:21 PM  
Blogger stephchows said...

those things would be gone in 10 seconds flat if they were anywhere near me :)

October 16, 2009 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger teresa said...

oh how yummy! i love all the flavors.

October 16, 2009 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger BumbleVee said...

I was just remarking the other day about how close it is...and did already bake a test batch of some great White Chocolate Chunk cookies... but, think for an even more festive look.... cherries..in and on top....mmmm..... yep...time to begin the taste testing right about now....

October 16, 2009 at 1:57 PM  
Anonymous Belle & Ward said...

These are perfect - they look like they'll make great gifts. And anything peanut butter disappears just like that around here! ~ Belle

October 16, 2009 at 2:24 PM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

These look great! I especially love the chocolate ganache layer! Do you say you were mailing me one of these? ;-)

October 16, 2009 at 4:05 PM  
Blogger Coleen's Recipes said...

What a GREAT recipe. How do you keep your holiday cookies fresh for so long? Do you have some special way of wrapping and freezing? I'd love to start making cookies this early, but when I do, they aren't "at their peak" after that long in the freezer. Whats your magic?

October 16, 2009 at 4:58 PM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

I can't wait for Christmas...

October 16, 2009 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger 5 Star Foodie said...

Oh, YUM! Those look so incredibly delicious! Wish I could have one right now!

October 16, 2009 at 6:14 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

These look wonderful. I love ganache on anything, especially with peanut butter! I'd love to try these :D

October 16, 2009 at 6:47 PM  
Anonymous Karen said...

Those look amazing! I have to try them. Thanks for posting.

October 16, 2009 at 8:54 PM  
Blogger Patsyk said...

Those bars would be so perfect in a holiday gift basket! It's early in the AM, and I want one now!

October 17, 2009 at 5:02 AM  
Blogger Donna-FFW said...

I swear to you I have these bookmarked in this same magazine. Its good to know they meet your approval!! Ill be trying them soon!

October 17, 2009 at 5:02 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Megan, hmmm, these look yummy!I'll be making these soon, my family will love them!

October 17, 2009 at 5:09 AM  
Blogger Karine said...

These look amazing! Perfect for the sweet tooth I have :)

October 17, 2009 at 5:35 AM  
Blogger Lyndsey said...

Oh my gosh you're killing me here! I think all I have to do is look at you photos and my mouth is watering. I love the picture with the bite in it:) When did you say they would arrive at my house?

October 17, 2009 at 6:12 AM  
Blogger Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

These look excellent! So melt in your mouth delicious!

October 17, 2009 at 7:18 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Those look so good! They would certainly disappear quickly around here.

October 17, 2009 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

These really look seriously delicious. Great recipe!

October 17, 2009 at 11:01 AM  
Anonymous noble pig said...

This is serious yum.

October 17, 2009 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I'm not sure anything could be better than this. I love chocolate and peanut butter, doesn't everyone? Thanks for the great recipe.

Sue

October 17, 2009 at 2:12 PM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Nope you don't need to say more but I do need to say thank you! Thanks for the recipe!
~ingrid

October 17, 2009 at 8:25 PM  
Blogger Katy ~ said...

Have mercy! These are gorgeous!

October 18, 2009 at 5:40 AM  
Blogger Katrina said...

Mmmm. These look right up my alley! Need to mark these for Christmas cookies to make!

October 18, 2009 at 7:10 AM  
Blogger Sweet and Savory said...

These are probably everyone's dream cookie.

October 18, 2009 at 9:17 AM  
Anonymous Velva said...

Wow! Those peanut butter bars look absolutely fabulous! A definite must make for the holidays.

October 18, 2009 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger Carla said...

It's been awhile since we had a good chat! Hope you're doing well. 12 weeks of cookies, eh? I would be one very happy woman if this was at a party.

October 18, 2009 at 1:44 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

You are so right! These need no description, the photo of their lusciousness says it all.

October 18, 2009 at 6:33 PM  
Blogger RecipeGirl said...

Two things... I've never made cookies/bars w/ a cake mix base, and I've never purchased Honey Roasted Peanut Butter! Will have to try it out!

October 19, 2009 at 6:45 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Megan, those are the tastiest looking bars I've seen in a LONG time! Beautiful post!

October 19, 2009 at 7:04 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Megan, I made these the other day, and they are wonderful! I did notice that in your instructions you forgot to add the powdered sugar into the peanut butter mixture. I hope you don't mind if I share these on my blog. I had to give half of them away so we wouldn't overindulge!
Yum!

October 20, 2009 at 7:45 AM  
Anonymous Nutmeg Nanny said...

Wow these look great! Almost like a buckeye in bar form:)

October 20, 2009 at 9:12 PM  
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November 13, 2009 at 1:22 AM  
Anonymous Online Printing Company said...

Oh God. I think I just died and went to heaven. And I haven't even tasted those cookies yet! They look so heavenly! Thanks for sharing the recipe. :)

November 17, 2009 at 10:04 PM  

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