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Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert Bars

Have you ever heard of Chocodiles? They’re a delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert Bars that are irresistible, they disappear in days. My family is always asking me to make these Chocodiles. They’ve got a buttery base that has crunchy peanut butter baked into it and then they’re topped with a chocolate Rice Krispie topping!

That’s two layers of deliciousness and a dessert that’s easy to pull together. If you’re a bonafide chocolate peanut butter fan, then this is the dessert you’re going to love!

Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert Bars Recipe! Also known as Chocodiles!

As much as I love making cookies, dessert bars are so much easier. I love that you don’t have to sit around the oven. You’re getting a huge amount of bars and they all bake at once, so you don’t have to be picky about bake times. These Crunch Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert Bars come together easily and the double layer of flavor is amazing.

Slice these and add them to a dessert tray, serve them as a dessert for an event or bring them to a potluck. I think everyone loves the combination of chocolate and peanut so much, that these are always popular with a crowd.

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How To Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert Bars

For this recipe, you’ll need a 9×13-inch baking dish. This is such a common baking dish size and I use mine all the time for desserts to casseroles. You’ll also melt the chocolate peanut butter mixture over the stove, using a small saucepan.

Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert Bars
Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert Bars or Chocodiles – whatever you call them – they’re delicious!

When To Make These Dessert Bars

I’ll make these Chocodile Dessert Bars during the holiday season, but they’re fantastic any time of the year. These are great to take on the go because they transport easily. Just keep them away from direct heat. I bring them to potlucks all the time and everyone asks me for the recipe! There’s just something everyone loves about PB & chocolate together!

How To Keep Your Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert Bars Fresh

After the chocolate has set on your Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert Bars, you’ll want to slice them. I keep mine in the refrigerator, especially during the winter months when the house is warmer. Either keep them in the baking dish or transfer the sliced bars into an airtight food storage container.

These bars will stay fresh much longer than a cookie. For best freshness, enjoy the bars within 2-3 weeks of making them! They keep so well in the fridge. Just allow the bars to thaw to room temperature for a few minutes before enjoying.

Can You Freeze This Dessert?

Yes! Freeze these dessert bars by placing them in a freezer bag. They will freeze for up to 2 months. Let the dessert bars thaw completely out on the countertop. This might take several hours. Once thawed, they’re ready to be enjoyed again!

Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert Bars

Recipe Variations

If you don’t have the time to melt the chocolate and peanut butter, over the stovetop (for the topping), then you can use a microwave. Place the chocolate chips and crunch peanut butter into a glass microwave-safe bowl. Melt the mixture in 30-second intervals, stirring in-between. Once they’re melted together, add the Rice Krispies cereal!

What You Need From The Store:

  • Butter
  • Shortening
  • Crunchy Peanut Butter
  • Light Brown Sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla Extract
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Salt
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Rice Krispies Cereal

Directions To Make Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert Bars

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In large mixing bowl, cream butter, shortening and peanut butter with brown sugar; beat in egg and vanilla.

Peanut butter batter in stand mixer

In separate bowl, combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture.

Dry ingredients for chocodiles

Press dough evenly into ungreased 13×9-inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 18 minutes or until lightly browned; let cool. In large saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate chips and peanut butter; stir in cereal.

Spreading the chocolate topping

Spread Peanut Butter Topping over baked base; chill for about 3 hours. Cut into bars.

Chocodile Dessert Bars
Yield: 3 Dozen Bars

Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert Bars

Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert Bars

These Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert Bars have a baked peanut butter bottom and then they're topped with a chocolate Rice Krispies cereal topping!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 33 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/3 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For The Peanut Butter Topping:

  • 3⁄4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups crisp rice cereal

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In large mixing bowl, cream butter, shortening and peanut butter with brown sugar; beat in egg and vanilla.

2. In separate bowl, combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Press dough evenly into ungreased 13x9-inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 18 minutes or until lightly browned.

3. In large saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate chips and peanut butter; stir in cereal.

4. Spread Peanut Butter Topping over baked base; chill until the chocolate sets (about 3 hours). Cut into bars.

Notes

  • Store leftover dessert bars in an airtight food storage container. Keep the bars away from direct heat.
  • Bars can be frozen for up to 3 months. Let the bars thaw on the coutnertop before enjoying.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 171Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 85mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 3g

**Nutrition is calculated by a third party. Actual values may vary.

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