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!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
• 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
- Line 9 x 13.5 ” baking pan with parchment paper
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.