Chocolate Cream Cheese Peanut Butter Bars


Baked chocolate base (adapted from Joy of Baking) filled with a layer of fluffy cream cheese peanut butter mixture (adapted from Betty Crocker) and finished off with a chocolate layer. Those bars are super easy to prepare and they make a great party food.

BaseTopping
  • 130 g All purpose flour
  • 50 g Unsweetened alkalized cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 90 g Unsalted butter
  • 150 g Caster sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 Egg white
  • 200 g 17% Cream cheese
  • 180 g Creamy peanut butter
  • 80 g Powdered sugar
  • 100 ml Whipping cream
  • 350 g Semi sweet chocolates, coarsely chopped
  • 50 g Butter, diced
  1. Preheat oven to 190C/375F and line a 12x8-inch rectangular baking pan with baling paper. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat the butter, sugars and vanilla extract on high speed for about one minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Beat in the egg white. Add the flour mixture and beat just until incorporated. Press mixture firmly into prepared baking pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Set on a rack to cool completely.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, peanut butter, powdered sugar and whipping cream on low until blended. Beat on high about 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
  3. Place the chopped chocolate in a heavy saucepan over very low heat, stirring constantly till the chocolate begins to melt. Immediately remove the pan from the heat and stir in diced butter until thoroughly blended and smooth.
  4. Spread 1/4 cup chocolate mixture evenly over the cooled cookie base. Place it in the freezer until the chocolate is firm, about 5 minutes. Now evenly spread cream cheese peanut butter mixture over the chocolate layer. Give the rest of chocolate mixture a quick stir and then spread evenly over top of the layer of cheese and peanut butter mixture. Cover the pan with a plastic wrap and chill overnight. Once set, use a sharp knife to cut into small squares. Serve them cool and store the rest in the fridge.

97 comments:

Torviewtoronto 22/5/11 06:13

delicious desserts looks wonderful

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Betty @ scrambled henfruit 22/5/11 06:41

These bars would not last long at my house- they look soooo good! Peanut butter and chocolate are the best. :)

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Umm Mymoonah 22/5/11 06:57

Hmm, yumm! Would love to have these yummy bars.

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Sue 22/5/11 07:09

These look amazing! The ingredient list says it all:)

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Shirley @ Kokken69 22/5/11 07:14

Wow, wow, wow.... this is the ultimate indulgence...you've just brought a little piece of heaven to us.

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Lora 22/5/11 07:37

They look all cream deliciousness! Yum!

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Lora 22/5/11 07:38

I meant "creamy". Sorry! Not awake yet...

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grace 22/5/11 08:37

i love every part of every layer of these delectable bars! well done, angie!

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noobcook 22/5/11 08:50

They are simply gorgeous and fun to eat!

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yummylittlecooks 22/5/11 09:19

chocolate + cheese + peanut butter = HEAVEN!!!Looks so delicious!!

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My Little Space 22/5/11 09:51

Oh boy, these looks seducing! I'll do anything for these. :o) Hope you're enjoyin gyour weekend.
Blessings, Kristy

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j3ss kitch3n 22/5/11 10:28

such a divine delectable sweets!

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Jeannie 22/5/11 10:38

I can feel myself putting on weight just looking at the wonderful photos:P Sinful and oh so delicious!

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Rosa's Yummy Yums 22/5/11 11:13

OMG, terrific! Those are devilishly scrumptious bars.

Cheers,

Rosa

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Ananda Rajashekar 22/5/11 11:30

i'm slowly getting into peanut butter it is amazing! would love ur bars!

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Three-Cookies 22/5/11 11:52

Looks really delicious. Cream cheese and peanut butter is a new combination for me but sounds awesome

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Treat and Trick 22/5/11 11:55

Gorgeous and tempting bars!

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megi 22/5/11 12:51

What a great combination, chocolate, peanut butter and cream cheese! The bars look delicious!

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Beth 22/5/11 13:24

I think I gained a pound with each word I read of your title. Those look amazing!

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Ali 22/5/11 13:40

Beautiful! Like a Reese's in cheesecake form. :)

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Lizzy 22/5/11 13:57

I think you've invented a winner! YUMMY bars, Angie~

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☺lani☺ 22/5/11 14:01

That's my kind of bars :), chocolate and cheese... definitely I can't resist, love it!

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Anncoo 22/5/11 14:17

Angie, I want a piece of this chocolate cheese bar now... I definitely want to make this on my family day!

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Susie Bee on Maui (Eat Little, Eat Big) 22/5/11 14:27

Peanut Butter and Chocolate-nothing could be better!
Beautiful pictures!

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Belinda @zomppa 22/5/11 14:42

Did you make these just for me?? Awww.....I want 'em!!

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Vimitha Anand 22/5/11 14:55

Delicious awesome and mouth watering bars... Feel like grabbing one of the screen...

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Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook 22/5/11 15:35

Angie, those bars look awesome. Doesn't get any better than PB and chocolate!

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Sweet And Crumby 22/5/11 15:52

My whole family would devour these bars. LOVE, love, love the chocolate peanut butter combination. They look so crazy good!

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Debbi Does Dinner Healthy 22/5/11 16:15

I love how these are in bar form rather than a pie. I have to make something soon to bring to someones house and these might be perfect! THanks!

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Mary 22/5/11 16:48

These really look amazingly good. Any recipe that uses both chocolate and peanut butter has a devotee in me. My family would love these bars. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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michelangelo in the kitchen 22/5/11 17:09

What a tasty treat Angie! I will surely make these for a party at home. Everybody loves this perfect chocolate and peanut butter combination! You can be sure of these disappearing in a jiffy when the they see them. Cheers!

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Lyndsey ~The Tiny Skillet~ 22/5/11 17:25

Mmmm....yes this looks like a good old fashioned, sweet, rich, creamy, yummy bar! I would love to sink my teeth into these!

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Cheah 22/5/11 17:37

These bars are real yummy and your pics are awesome, as always!

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Carolyn 22/5/11 18:06

Now THAT is my kind of food. I've saved it to my faves, will definitely be making this one.

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Kim 22/5/11 18:09

These really look yummy!

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Priya 22/5/11 18:16

Very addictive and irresistible bars,feel like grabbing some.

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Heather @girlichef 22/5/11 19:15

Mmmm...slice me off a big piece, they look and sound wonderful!

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Wilde in the Kitchen 22/5/11 19:48

These look so amazing, I love nothing more than chocolate and peanut butter!

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Jennifurla 22/5/11 20:49

I love the layers, really pretty.

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Christine's Pantry 22/5/11 20:51

Wow! These sound amazing! Love it.

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SavoringTime in the Kitchen 22/5/11 21:36

I think you've included my three favorite food groups ;) These sound fantastic!

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Kneady Sweetie 22/5/11 23:34

Oh my these look delicious! I think I could easily eat one (or 12) of these!

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Heavenly Housewife 22/5/11 23:40

What a heavenly treat, I know I would love these!
*kisses* HH

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Elisabeth 23/5/11 00:51

Angie-Cream cheese, chocolate and peanut butter?...and here I thought just the chocolate and the peanut butter are my two loves, but combine the three together, and it's "heaven." I'm totally loving this recipe, and drooling!!!

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OysterCulture 23/5/11 00:54

Peanut butter and chocolate has got to be one of my favorite combos, love that you made it a bit more subtle with the cream cheese. These look like special bars

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Raina 23/5/11 01:08

These look amazing. There are so many good things going on in them. It is hard to decide which part I would like best...all of it:)

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Brenda 23/5/11 03:06

These look fantastic! Bars are one of my favourite things to make/eat and this is such a great combination of flavours.

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Angela 23/5/11 04:04

That is, without a doubt, one o the best looking desserts I have ever seen. You just can't go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter (or Betty Crocker, for that matter).

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aipi 23/5/11 04:38

the texture looks like perfection, I wouldn't mind a few :)
US Masala

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Monet 23/5/11 05:45

OH I'm sure these would be a hit at any party! Thank you for sharing such a beautiful recipe with me. I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow. You and your sweet blog always makes me smile.

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Sharmilee! :) 23/5/11 07:20

Love those delicious layers formed...very tempting clicks

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MaryMoh 23/5/11 08:34

Wow..that looks very rich and tempting. I need to bookmark this to try. I'm sure my chocolate and cheese lover friends will love this. Love the look of the layers. Thanks very much for sharing, Angie.

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Lisa H. 23/5/11 10:00

this is my winter comfort food :D..

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Karen 23/5/11 16:47

These bars look so wonderfully decadent and indulgent. Great recipe, Angie! Love browsing through your blog when I need inspiration for the weekly dinner list. :-)

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Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets 23/5/11 18:10

My boyfriend is crazy for chocolate and PB -- he would be a happy camper if I made these. Even I'm quite tempted by this lovely combination. Wish I could get some sent over ;p

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Barbara 23/5/11 19:23

These bars look amazing. Love the peanut butter in them. I've made something similar, but never added peanut butter in middle layer. Lovely, Angie!

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A SPICY PERSPECTIVE 23/5/11 19:49

Angie you are such a trouble maker. Always tempting me...

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RavieNomNoms 23/5/11 19:51

WOW! Those are just heaven on earth!

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Ciccia 23/5/11 20:45

I've got to make these for my daughter, she loves chocolate and peanut butter! You've got fabulous recipes! I'm following you from Trapani, Sicily!

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Anne 23/5/11 21:20

Wow! These look like fudge on a brownie/cake/cookie base! What a great combination all around! Just beautiful! : )

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Lauren 23/5/11 21:54

I want to know how many of these you made (from recipe) and how many you ate. They look dangerous. PB/choc- love the cream cheese addition. Hope you're well!

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Juliana 23/5/11 23:43

Wow, these bars look delicious, love it! Chocolate, peanut butter and cream cheese all together :-) Have a great week ahead Angie!

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Miriam 24/5/11 00:09

Yum, those look so incredably fabulous! I could go for a couple right now :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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Pacheco Patty 24/5/11 01:03

Your bar cookies would not last very long in my house. I like these for a box lunch or a picnic. I'll have to make sure I take a long hike to burn off the calories because I know I would eat more than one;-)

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Elyse @The Cultural Dish 24/5/11 02:29

OMG!! These have my name written all over them! Wow.. please send me some!! :)

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Megan @ Pip and Ebby 24/5/11 02:52

The first thing I said upon seeing this post was, "Oh dear." These look amazing!! YUM.

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5 Star Foodie 24/5/11 03:03

these bars look so scrumptious, always love the pb & chocolate combination!

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Victor 24/5/11 03:49

These bars look SO good. I'm not sure if I can eat more than one.

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Biren @ Roti n Rice 24/5/11 07:05

These bars are calling out to me. The triple layers look so tempting and I would love to have this with my tea.

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marla 24/5/11 13:22

Nothing can really be more fabulous than chocolate, cream cheese & PB :) Great dessert Angie!

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My dog and me 24/5/11 14:00

Wish I can be a normal people, no need to hold back... ummm... can I just have one little bite! Just for today! :-) They look so yummy!!! Hope you're keeping well Angie!

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Keep It Simple Foods 24/5/11 15:32

Holy moly! These are quite impressive!

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Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels 24/5/11 16:11

Oh my goodness these bars look incredible! I love anything with peanut butter and chocolate. :)

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Faith 24/5/11 16:28

These beautiful bars look so tempting...chocolate and peanut butter is a combination I can't pass up!

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Angie's Recipes 24/5/11 18:56

@Lauren I think there were 15 squares and I had 1/3 ;-)) Yes, pretty addictive.

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pigpigscorner 24/5/11 21:24

creamcheese PB?? OH MY, a must try!

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Maria 24/5/11 22:29

Angie, these look so moreish and scrumptious!

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The Farmers Wife 25/5/11 00:30

Yum!!! Those bars look incredible! Great recipe!

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Joanne 25/5/11 00:47

I am SO hungry right now and these are SO not helping! WANT. NEED. That's all I feel.

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cookingwithchrissy 25/5/11 03:19

Oh lordy these look incredible. I love anything with peanut butter, chocoalte and cream cheese!! Definetly saving this recipe.

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Reeni 25/5/11 03:58

I'm in love! These are heaven to me! The combo is out of this world!

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Indie.Tea 25/5/11 05:09

...and they sound SO incredible too. I bet they're rich and comforting at the same time, delicious!

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Sook 25/5/11 06:34

Wow these bars look amazing!!

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Jenn 25/5/11 15:14

Angie, can I come live with you? I promise I will eat everything you make!! Those bars look incredible!!

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Hornsfan 25/5/11 21:59

Wow Angie these look amazing!!

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Lauren's Latest 26/5/11 16:21

Whoa. I want these for breakfast.

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woman 26/5/11 16:56

Chocolates! this is so yummy... I want to try this recipe!

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Erica 27/5/11 00:30

Those bars look wonderful! Beautiful pictures!

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briarrose 27/5/11 00:31

Wonderful treat. That mix of cream cheese and peanut butter filling looks so tasty...especially sandwiched between chocolate. I need some.

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Stevie 27/5/11 02:53

I wouldn't be brave enough to make these gorgeous bars, as I know myself and I have no self control when it comes to peanut butter and chocolate.

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Anonymous 27/5/11 05:49

I love this recipe! look delicious! gloria
http://canelakitchen.blogspot.com

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Curry and Comfort 28/5/11 12:51

These look simply incredible. I could really dig in and eat way too many of these. Great Job! : )

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Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) 31/5/11 13:51

I reall didn't thin it was possible to combine so many things I love into one recipe. Chocolate, cream cheese and peanut butter?! Gadzooks!! I can't wait to make these. I'm literally drooling at my desk.

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Shri 10/6/11 04:30

OMG...what can I say...Luscious

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