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December 15th, 2010 · Print Print

So, I’ve now thoroughly documented my chocolate and peanut butter obsession.  But last weekend, in my quest for the perfect holiday baking treats, I decided to go a little bit further.

If you haven’t seen it already, this Nutella recipe is one of the most popular on this whole site, and I’m pretty sure that the key to an incredible recipe is to take something simple and easy and add Nutella.  So when I was thinking about ways to update a classic peanut butter bar recipe, Nutella was the obvious choice.

And yowzers, were these good.  Between Chad and me, we ate the entire batch in about seventy two hours (um, I wish I were exaggerating).  Usually peanut butter bars taste like a homemade peanut butter cup, but these were even better — a deeper, more intense flavor that’s perfect for any holiday party you’d like to bring a special treat to in the next few weeks!

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Nutella and Peanut Butter Bar Recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 cup butter, softened
12 sheets of graham crackers (one package), crumbled in a food processor
2 cups confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup Nutella, divided into 1/4 cup and 3/4 cups

DIRECTIONS

Mix together the butter, graham cracker crumbs, confectioners sugar, vanilla and peanut butter until blended and smooth.  Pour the mixture into a 9″by9″ square pan with a removable bottom (or line a standard pan with parchment paper).  Refrigerate for 1 hour, or until firm.

In a metal bowl over simmering water, melt the chocolate chips and 1/4 cup of Nutella, stirring until smooth.  Spread over the prepared crust, and refrigerate for another hour, until firm.  Spread the additional 3/4 cup of Nutella over the chocolate layer, and refrigerate again.  When the bars are firm, cut into squares. 

Makes about 16 bars.


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Tags: desserts · food



25 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic // Dec 15, 2010 at 9:23 am

    I love nutella and peanut butter together! This is a great recipe and will definitely be going on my to-do list for the holidays!

  • 2 Sara @travelsinheels // Dec 15, 2010 at 9:58 am

    This look amazing!  I love anything peanut butter!

    xo,
    Sara
    travelsinheels.blogspot.com

  • 3 Katherine // Dec 15, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I will have to make these. WOW.

  • 4 Jo // Dec 15, 2010 at 10:27 am

    These look amazing and I’m so going to make them – BUT I live in the UK and we don’t have Graham Crackers – I believe they are what we call digestive biscuits (correct me if I’m wrong!) – so I can sub these but wasn’t sure of the quantity – what is the weight of 12 sheets of graham crackers (one package)?

  • 5 Joanne // Dec 15, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Ummm yeah.  So if you weren’t already married.  We’d so be betrothed.  These are mind blowing.

  • 6 closet fashionista // Dec 15, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Mmm those sound good!! :D
    http://aclosetfashionista.blogspot.com/

  • 7 julie @ rosy + tart // Dec 15, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Ooooooh dear. These look painfully incredible. I’ll be making these tonight – literally. :)

  • 8 Laura // Dec 15, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Oh my goodness I am obsessed with nutella and peanut butter so this is a must try!! Thanks for sharing.

  • 9 Kristen // Dec 15, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    oh yum. you have to make these for me :)

  • 10 Cara // Dec 16, 2010 at 8:06 am

    I LOVE Nutella, thank you so much for the recipe!  I fell in love with it on a study abroad trip to Europe-I think I ate 2 or 3 jars on the trip (I was only there for a month), so I’m sure that’s why my clothes were snug when I got back;)

  • 11 Karissa Ferguson // Dec 16, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Nutella is my fave! Def making these :) Thanks for sharing!

  • 12 The Baking Connoissuer // Dec 16, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    These look SO good! Seriously! Yum!

  • 13 New York Expat in Tokyo // Dec 17, 2010 at 2:05 am

    Well done you.. it looks tres cool, and delish… oh gosh, I could .. well, just give me a shovel and let me dig in!

  • 14 Jo // Dec 22, 2010 at 6:53 am

    I have seen a 5kg jar of Nutella in France – phenomenal.  It was produced at a party!

  • 15 Jenifer Mercer // Dec 23, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    I LOVE Nutella, thank you so much for the recipe! I fell in love with it on a study abroad trip to Europe-I think I ate 2 or 3 jars on the trip (I was only there for a month), so I’m sure that’s why my clothes were snug when I got back;)

  • 16 tanya // Jan 14, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    mmmmmmmmmmm thankx alot it looks yummmyyyy

  • 17 Mike // Jan 24, 2011 at 5:49 am

    Delicious!  I love Nutella, but for extra peanut punch, I tried it with Smitten Kitchen’s “Peanutella” (http://smittenkitchen.com/2011/01/chocolate-peanut-spread-peanutella/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+smittenkitchen+%28smitten+kitchen%29)

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  • 25 Philip // Aug 19, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Thanks for the great recipe. May I ask if you used salted or unsalted butter?

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