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These White Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars are a decadent snack that will remind you of the beloved peanut butter candy bar. Use cookie cutters to cut them into fun shapes to make them an extra special Halloween treat!
I am on a Halloween roll guys! Yesterday I posted these yummy Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls and today I am sharing one of my favorite Halloween treats! Of course it is loaded with peanut butter…are you catching on to the fact that I really love peanut butter?! Peanut butter makes the world go round. Stella shares in my enthusiasm for this nutty spread. Her favorite lunch is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Typical kid!
You aren’t gonna believe how easy these bars are! You will have the recipe memorized in no time at all. It is just 5 ingredients, all of which you probably have in your pantry already. Here is the super simple recipe list; powdered sugar, butter, peanut butter cookies and last but not least, peanut butter! I have recently been using Peter Pan’s new Simply Ground peanut butter. Nick is a creamy peanut butter fan while I am rather fond of the crunchy pieces so having a peanut butter that is creamy with just a little bit of crunch is the perfect compromise for us. Having used all natural peanut butters with these bars and not had successful results, I was a little skeptical of using our new favorite peanut butter but they turned out perfectly. Even though it tastes like an all natural peanut butter (no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives! Yay!), it doesn’t have that thick layer of oil on the top and doesn’t require a bunch of stirring.
I highly recommend using Vanilla Candy Coating instead of white chocolate chips in this recipe for a couple of different reasons.
- Easier to work with: Vanilla Candy Coating is made with Palm Oil instead of Cocoa Butter that is in white chocolate. Palm oil is softer at room temperature and is therefore easier to work with. If you are an experienced candy maker, go for the real chocolate. For those of us rookies, stick to the candy coating. 😉
- Cheaper: Good quality white chocolate bars can be double the cost of white chocolate candy coating.
- Color: Vanilla candy coating has more of a pure white color than white chocolate which can have a yellowish tint due to the cocoa butter.
I also made some fun little ghosts! They take a few extra steps but they are really simple. Make the peanut butter base and place in the freezer for 30-45 minutes. You want the mixture to be hard but not frozen. Using a ghost shaped cookie cutter (or any shape you’d like), cut out ghost shapes out of the peanut butter base. Return the shapes to the freezer to harden for an hour. Melt the Vanilla Candy Coating according to the package instructions. The key to success with these is being well prepared. Have everything ready before you start dipping the ghosts. I always use two forks to dip the ghosts into the candy coating and then tap the hand holding the dipped candy to get rid of any excess chocolate before laying it on parchment paper to dry.
These make great Halloween favors to give to neighbors, students or friends. I created a fun printable for you to make gifting these that much cuter!
You can find Peter Pan’s new Simply Ground peanut butter at Wal-Mart next to all the jam’s and jellies.Click here more yummy recipes using peanut butter!
- ½ Cup Butter, melted
- 1 cup Peanut Butter Cookie Crumbs (About 8-10 cookies)
- 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
- ¾ Cup Peter Pan's Simply Ground Peanut Butter
- 8 oz. Vanilla Candy Coating
- Line an 8x8 pan with foil.
- In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the melted butter, powdered sugar, and cookie crumbs. Stir in the peanut butter.
- Spread the peanut butter mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
- In a microwave safe bowl, melt the vanilla candy coating in 30 second intervals, stirring in between. Once melted, spread the white chocolate over the peanut butter mixture and refrigerate for 3-4 hours. Cut into bars and serve. Optional Ghosts: Prepare through step 3. Freeze peanut butter mixture for 45 minutes. Use a ghost cookie cutter to cut shapes out of the peanut butter. Return to the freezer for 30 minutes. Dip in melted vanilla candy coating and decorate the eyes and nose with black icing or melted chocolate.