Crispy Peanut Butter Chocolate Football Bars

There is one thing I cannot resist…and that is anything with the words “chocolate” and “peanut butter” in it. A few years ago, a co-worker of mine brought a version of these into the office and I was immediately addicted! I have been making these Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars for football watching parties, Christmas holiday parties, and just about everything in between since that fateful day when I discovered the recipe.

Once again, in honor of my brother who has been our family’s “football star”, I am sharing my second Football Season appetizer…Crispy Peanut Butter Chocolate Football Bars! Enjoy!

Crispy Peanut Butter Chocolate Football Bars

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Ingredients:

•    7 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
•    2 sticks + 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
•    3.5 cups Rice Krispies
•    16 ounces Creamy Peanut Butter
•    2.5 cups Confectioner’s Sugar (more or less to taste)
•    White icing
•    Other: Parchment Paper, 9 x 13.5″ pan
Directions:

  1. Line 9 x 13.5 ” baking pan with parchment paper
  2. 3 oz semi sweet chocolate and 1 tsp butter – heat on medium heat until melted. Set aside. Add in 1 cup peanut butter and 2 cups rice krispies. Spread on into the 9″ x 13.5″ pan and pat down to make even. (Get it as thin as you can). Place it in the fridge and let cool and harden.
  3. Wash out pan and then melt 2 sticks of butter with salt. Once melted, set aside. Add in remaining peanut butter and 2.5 cups confectioner’s sugar. Mix well.
  4. Take out cooled pan and add a layer of HALF of the peanut butter mix. Add 1.5 cup rice krispies and pat into the PB layer.
  5. With remaining 4 oz chocolate, melt in microwave in a microwave safe bowl at 50% power for about 1 minute 30 seconds. Add melted chocolate to remaining peanut butter mix and mix well.
  6. Layer remaining chocolate/peanut butter mix on top. This part is the most difficult, since the rice krispies like to stick. I added large spoonfuls and then patted it down, not spreading so that there was only the chocolate on top.
  7. Once spread out, refrigerate for approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour. Once hardened, remove from fridge. Using a cookie cutter (shaped like a football!) cut out  each football shape. With white icing, make the laces. And serve!

Source: Modified from my memory (lol, I couldn’t find the recipe) and Everyday Rachel Ray magazine.

The Fresh Fridge Tip: I recommend using a cookie cutter for these, but I didn’t have luck in finding one, so I just cut them out. If you have to use a knife, I recommend cutting out a square first and then cutting in the football shape.

9 Responses to “Crispy Peanut Butter Chocolate Football Bars”

  1. deviantmonk says:

    these are amazing! :-)

  2. Michelle says:

    What a fun treat. : )

  3. Those are so cute and look yummy!!

  4. Diana says:

    These are Greg & my favorites. Love the football design.

  5. Megan says:

    Thanks everyone! I am bringing these to a work function tonight, so I am crossing my fingers that they go over well! :)

  6. Michelle R says:

    I will attempt to shape mine into footballs next time – thanks for the idea! No matter what shape, they are wicked good!

  7. Just look at how adorable these are!! I’m a chocolate+PB lover, too, and these are right up my alley!