If you like peanut butter or peanut butter cups these one bar cookies are for you!
So I’m really trying hard to make more bars and casual cakes. We all like bars, but as I have mentioned several times, we are definitely cookie lover’s here.
Therefore, I make a lot of cookies, I mean a lot of cookies! Between the cookies for my family, special occasions, various special requests, and the Farmer’s Market (May-Oct), I make a lot of cookies!
So why not try something different. I’m going to try and make more bars and cakes, along with my usual yummy treats, favorite dinners, and various types of cookies for all seasons.
So let’s get started…
As you can see there aren’t a lot of mini peanut butter cups added to this mixture.
That’s because I only add half of the peanut butter cups to mixture right away. The other half I add by hand, after the dough is pressed into the pan.
I have added the rest of the bag by hand. Now ALL the mini peanut butter cups are added. Pressing them into the mixture right where I want them really makes a difference, don’t you think?
You don’t have to do it this way! I simply prefer to do so. 🙂
Now let’s pop the pan in the oven and see what happens.
Ahhh, here’s what you get. A nice light golden brown bar baked to perfection. Be sure not to over-bake these!
As I’ve said with brownies and many other baked treats the secret to great baked treats is NOT over-baking your baked goods.
Anytime you want to make yourself feel a little special drink your milk from a wine/champagne glass. You would be surprised how special you actually feel. The only problem is you can’t dunk your fresh-baked goodies in milk when you use a champagne/wine glass.
Enjoy my friends – this recipe is a keeper!
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Bars
1 package yellow cake mix
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 (8oz.) bag Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Minis
1 cup honey roasted peanuts, chopped (completely optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously spray a 13×9-inch baking pan.
2. In a large bowl mix the cake mix, melted butter, peanut butter, and eggs with a spoon until blended. Stir in half of the mini peanut butter cups and all of the peanuts (optional). Press into greased 9 X 13-inch pan. By hand, press the other half of the mini peanut butter cups into the mixture as you would like them placed.
* It isn’t necessary to press all or even the second half of the mini peanut butter cups into the mixture by hand. This is just a personal preference. 🙂
3. Bake 17-21 minutes or until light golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Cut into bars.
Adapted from: Stephanie Ashcraft’s Peanut Butter M&M Bars recipe from 101 More Things To Do With A Cake Mix.