Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

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My cookbook Peanut Butter Comfort has 100+ recipes using peanut butter.

And I have a compilation post with The 25 Best Caramel and Salted Caramel Recipes.

Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars - Made with salted caramel PB (yes it's a thing!) Soft, chewy, gooey and so irresistible!!!

So imagine my delight when I tried the new SKIPPY Peanut Butter Spread with Salted Caramel.

It’s the perfect marriage of smooth, creamy peanut butter with salted caramel undertones. So good.

Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars - Made with salted caramel PB (yes it's a thing!) Soft, chewy, gooey and so irresistible!!!

I baked it into super soft, slightly chewy bars that I adapted from Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars. If you can’t find the new peanut butter yet in your area (here’s the store locator), that recipe calls for regular peanut butter and you could use regular peanut butter here too if necessary.

When I want an easy, fuss-free, no-mixer recipe that I know everyone will love, I call upon my trusty blondie base. With 25+ versions and counting, it never lets me down.

Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars - Made with salted caramel PB (yes it's a thing!) Soft, chewy, gooey and so irresistible!!!

It’s an easy recipe to memorize because everything is ‘one’. In the 1 bowl used, melt 1 stick of butter, stir in 1 egg, 1 cup of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon vanilla, and 1 cup flour. For this version I added 1 cup chocolate chips and the salted caramel peanut butter. The only thing that’s not ‘one’ is the amount peanut butter (1/3 cup).

Between the butter, peanut butter, and salted caramel drizzle, the bars are supremely moist, gooey, and packed with salty-and-sweet flavor.

Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars - Made with salted caramel PB (yes it's a thing!) Soft, chewy, gooey and so irresistible!!!

Chocolate is a natural pairing with either peanut butter or caramel and it’s just hits the spot in the bars.

They were a little too good and I had to promptly donate most of them to my daughter’s friends. I wish I still had their eight-year old metabolisms.

Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars - Made with salted caramel PB (yes it's a thing!) Soft, chewy, gooey and so irresistible!!!

Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars - Made with salted caramel PB (yes it's a thing!) Soft, chewy, gooey and so irresistible!!!

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Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

By Averie Sunshine
The bars are made with salted caramel peanut butter and they’re super soft, slightly chewy, easy, and you don’t need a mixer. It’s an easy recipe to memorize because everything is ‘one’. In the 1 bowl used, melt 1 stick of butter, stir in 1 egg, 1 cup of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon vanilla, and 1 cup flour. For this version I added 1 cup chocolate chips and the salted caramel peanut butter. The only thing that’s not ‘one’ is the amount peanut butter (1/3 cup). Between the butter, peanut butter, and salted caramel drizzle, the bars are supremely moist, gooey, and packed with salty-and-sweet flavor. Chocolate is a natural pairing with either peanut butter or caramel and it hits the spot.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour 3 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 1 8x8 pan, 9 to 12 generous squares
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Ingredients  

  • [1/2 cup unsalted butter, 1 stick, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • heaping cup [SKIPPY Peanut Butter Spread with Salted Caramel
  • ]1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips + 2 tablespoons, for sprinkling
  • salted caramel sauce, for drizzling (homemade or storebought)]

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  • In a large, microwave-safe bowl melt the butter, about 1 minute on high power.
  • Wait momentarily before adding the egg so you don’t scramble it. Add the egg, peanut butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and whisk until smooth.
  • Add the flour, salt, and stir until just combined, don’t overmix.
  • Stir in 1 cup chocolate chips.
  • Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.
  • Evenly sprinkle with 2 tablespoons chocolate chips, smoothing them lightly with a spatula or tapping down lightly with your fingertips.
  • Bake for about 20 to 22 minutes, or until done. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. Bars firm up as they cool. Allow bars to cool in pan for at least 1 hour before drizzling with salted caramel, slicing, and serving. Bars will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 502kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 39g, Saturated Fat: 23g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g, Cholesterol: 97mg, Sodium: 161mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 27g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this recipe yesterday. These bars are great! I try a different dessert recipe every week and this is definitely one of the better ones. It was also very easy to make. I used regular peanut butter because I could not find salted caramel peanut butter.

  2. 5 stars
    I made this recipe yesterday. These bars are great! I try a different dessert recipe every week and this is definitely one of the better ones. It was also very easy to make. I used regular peanut butter because I could not find salted caramel peanut butter.

  3. 5 stars
    Made these bars on Friday night for some friends and we all loved them!! We also made your homemade salted caramel sauce to go on top (a first for me) and my only regret is that we didn’t make enough for leftovers. 

    One thing I will say to anyone making this recipe: use a traditional PB like the recipe states. We had to use a natural peanut butter (just peanuts and salt) and it made the bars slightly oily. Just something to keep in mind if substituting ingredients! 

  4. 5 stars
    Made these bars on Friday night for some friends and we all loved them!! We also made your homemade salted caramel sauce to go on top (a first for me) and my only regret is that we didn’t make enough for leftovers. 

    One thing I will say to anyone making this recipe: use a traditional PB like the recipe states. We had to use a natural peanut butter (just peanuts and salt) and it made the bars slightly oily. Just something to keep in mind if substituting ingredients! 

  5. Seriously, Averie – you knocked it “out of the park” yet again! And, I didn’t even know they had salted caramel peanut butter! What a great idea; I’m going to have to look for it. Of course I’m pinning…