The amazing combo of chocolate and peanut butter simply never fails.
Especially on Fridays. Double especially on a Friday when your week has just been so, so. AND especially when you realize that your GIANT hood to your stove was just installed….backwards. Oh my gosh, yes. Tears happened and then I made these bars and things seemed a little more bearable, but yeah, that was so not fun.
You see, this hood to my stove is not just any hood. The hood is a freaking mammoth, and I am told that it could possibly suck me up too if I am not careful. So yeah, if you can imagine, the thing is incredibly huge and heavy. We had my carpenter hang it, and another guy actually installed it, but my carpenter (who is awesome…despite this mistake) made the mistake of hanging the hood backwards. So the lights and switches to actually turn on the hood are in the back, not the front.
I was SO close to just not saying anything because it took the whole day to put the thing up and this meant I couldn’t work (again). Honestly, the last thing I want is people back in my house and more importantly back in my kitchen. I am just so ready for this all to be over, so the hood just kind of threw me over the edge.
Well not exactly, but I was just like, “really?”. For some reason this hood has been the biggest pain in the butt. No one knows how to install it, which is really odd because it’s not like I have a range from Europe or something. It’s a pretty common range – I believe. Anyway, we finally decided to have my carpenter hang it and another more certified guy do the installation. Well yeah, now it needs to be flipped around tomorrow and I will have a dusty mess + a few more guys to deal with, yep, just another fun-filled day in the kitchen.
Ha. If I was not already insane before we started this renovation process, I surely will be by the time it’s done….if it ever gets done. At the moment, my electrician, who I have not actually seen in weeks (he has crept in a few times while I was out hiking, but was already gone by the time I returned), is currently holding a whole lot of stuff up. UGH.
So that’s kind of how my week went, one thing after the next, along with trying to figure how to cook in the middle of a dusty mess. Why I moved in so early is still beyond me, but now that my stuff is all ready here, it is just too hard to try move back. Plus, as much as I hate the mess and dealing with workers I still like just having my own space. Can’t wait till it’s REALLY all mine… and just me.
The good thing is I can cook and bake and that sort of helps with the stress. Which is obviously how these decadent and majorly THICK bars came to be. Chocolate and peanut butter is my favorite combo, and basically, I just really needed a heavy dose.
I kept things extra simple because really when you have chocolate and peanut butter together that’s all you need. No boat loads of sugar, eggs, flour and all the other stuff. Just a few basic ingredient, but mainly CHOCOLATE AND PEANUT BUTTER.
All these bars need is a large glass of milk!
5-Ingredient Tripple Decker Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars.
Line an 8x8 inch square brownie pan with parchment paper.
Place 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips and 2 tablespoon peanut butter in a small sauce pan. Heat over low heat, stirring often until melted and smooth. Alternately, you can do this in the microwave on 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted and smooth. Pour the chocolate mixture into the prepared pan and tap against the counter until the chocolate is in a smooth and even layer. Cover and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to harden.
Meanwhile, add the stick of softened butter, 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter, 2 tsps. vanilla and 1 cup powdered sugar to a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat until smooth and creamy. Taste and add more powdered sugar to your liking.
Spoon the peanut butter mixture over the chocolate layer into a smooth layer. Place back in the fridge.
Place the remaining 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips and remaining 2 tablespoons peanut butter in a small sauce pan. Heat over low heat, stirring often until melted and smooth. Again, alternately, you can do this in the microwave on 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted and smooth. Pour the chocolate mixture over the peanut butter layer, smooth the chocolate out into an even layer. Cover and place in the fridge for 1-2 hours or until ready to serve. Slice into bars and keep refrigerated.
Really? It just doesn’t getter more delicious than that. Thank God it’s Friday!