Rowena G's Recipes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars with Hot Fudge Sauce

Recipe by
3 hours
Prep: 1 hour 30 minutes | Cook: 1 hour | Servings: 8 - 10 people

For chocolate layer

  • Vegetable oil for greasing pan
  • 7 oz fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), chopped
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 cup salted dry-roasted peanuts (4 oz)

For peanut butter layer

  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (not “natural”)
  • 3/4 cup icing sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chilled double cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence


For hot fudge sauce

  • 1/3 cup double cream
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup (or a simple sugar syrup)
  • 3 tablespoons soft brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons  unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 oz fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  1. Make chocolate layer:
    Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F /180ºC. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with foil, allowing 2 inches of foil to hang over 2 opposite ends of pan, and lightly brush foil (except overhang) with oil.
  2. Melt chocolate with butter, sugar, and salt in a double boiler or a large metal bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, whisking occasionally, until smooth. Remove top of double boiler or bowl from heat and whisk in eggs and vanilla, then stir in peanuts.
  3. Pour batter into baking pan and bake until set and edges are slightly puffed, about 15 minutes. Transfer cake in pan to a rack to cool completely.
  4. Make peanut butter layer:
    Beat cream cheese, peanut butter, icing sugar, and salt in a bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until combined well, about 4 minutes.
  5. Beat cream with vanilla in a bowl with cleaned beaters at medium-high speed until it just holds stiff peaks, then gently fold into peanut butter mixture until just combined.
  6. Spread mixture evenly on top of chocolate layer and freeze, pan covered with foil, until firm, about 2 hours.
  7. Make hot fudge sauce:
    Bring cream, syrup, sugar, cocoa, salt, and chocolate to a boil in a 1-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring until chocolate is melted. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently, until thickened, about 3 minutes, then remove from heat. Stir in vanilla until incorporated. Cool sauce to warm.
  8. To serve:
    Carefully lift cake from pan by grasping overhang. Trim 1/4 inch from edges of cake and discard, then cut into 8 bars. Peel off foil and serve bars with sauce.

Cooks’ notes: Hot fudge sauce can be made 1 week ahead and cooled completely, then chilled in an airtight container or jar. Reheat before using. Leftover bars can be frozen, individually wrapped in plastic wrap, up to 4 days.

Alice made these for her 18th birthday party. Like frozen Snickers bars but better. Well worth the effort and the huge amount of calories !!!

Gourmet Magazine 2004


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