Honey-Roasted Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate Ganache

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A chocolate cake mix crust, creamy peanut butter center, and sweet ganache topping make these dessert bars irresistible.

Honey-Roasted Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate Ganache
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
40 mins
Bake Time:
12 mins
Stand Time:
5 mins
Cool Time:
15 mins
Chill Time:
60 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 12 mins
Yield:
48 bars

Ingredients

  • 1 2-layer-size devils food cake mix

  • cup butter, melted

  • 1 egg

  • ¾ cup butter, softened

  • ¾ cup honey-roasted peanut butter

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 3 cup powdered sugar

  • 2 tablespoon whipping cream or milk

  • ¾ cup honey-roasted peanuts, chopped

  • ½ cup whipping cream

  • 1 11.5 ounce package milk chocolate pieces

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil, extending foil over the pan edges. Lightly grease foil. Set aside. In a very large bowl, combine cake mix, 1/3 cup melted butter, and egg. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 to 2 minutes or until mixture is combined. Press mixture onto bottom of the prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 12 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

  2. In a large bowl, combine 3/4 cup softened butter, peanut butter, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar and beat until combined, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat in the 2 tablespoons whipping cream. Stir in the chopped peanuts. Spread mixture evenly over the cooled crust. Place bars in the refrigerator while preparing the ganache.

  3. In a small saucepan, bring 1/2 cup whipping cream just to boiling over medium-high heat. Remove from heat. Add chocolate pieces. Do not stir. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir until smooth. Cool 15 minutes. Very gently pour ganache over bars, lightly spreading it to the edges of the bars with a spatula. Cover and chill for 1 to 2 hours or until set. Using the edges of the foil, lift the uncut bars out of the pan. Cut into bars. Makes 48 bars.

Tips

Place bars in a single layer in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. To serve, thaw bars, if frozen. Let refrigerated bars stand at room temperature 15 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

189 Calories
11g Fat
22g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 189
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 143mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 2g
Calcium 20.2mg 2%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 28mg 1%
Folate, total 8.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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