Chocolate Raspberry Peanut Butter Bars

Chocolate Raspberry Peanut Butter Bars

I’m excited to tell you that our family experienced a first this weekend.   We went camping!!  Now I have mentioned in a previous post that I do NOT do the outdoors.  But I’m happy to report that I tried it and it was a blast!!!

I did go camping several times in my twenties.  It was different.  We used old tents and ratty sleeping bags that held zero warmth.  We slept on the hard ground and peed in the woods.  At the risk of sounding like a total diva, I DO NOT PEE IN THE WOODS.  There I said it and I’m not ashamed.

This time, our family friends convinced us to go with them.  They assured us this would be fun and much more comfortable than we’ve previously experienced.   By golly it was!   Not only did we have a nice, spacious tent, but we slept atop queen air mattresses, and inside ultra cushy and warm sleeping bags.  We had a stove top to cook on and real working and clean (very important) bathrooms just a short walk down the road!  Now this was my kind of camping!!!  I got the feel of the great outdoors but with all the comforts of home!!!  We even had our internet hot spot to keep up on blogging and football!

No, we weren’t really roughing it.   But that wasn’t necessarily our goal.  Our goal was to hike with the kids, eat campfire tacos and make s’mores.  Our goal was to stay up late listening to the noises in the woods, talk by fire light and to get away from all the stresses of our very  busy lives.  It really says something when you can sleep on an air mattress, in a tent, in the woods and walk away feel refreshed!  I’m so grateful our friends extended the invitation!

Brought along some peanut butter bars for some sustenance.  Sure, gorp WOULD’VE been better, but not nearly as much fun or as tasty.  These bars are really more than just peanut butter bars.  You really get a double shot of peanut butter with these babies!  The base is a peanut butter cookie, the filling is like peanut butter frosting, it’s that sweet and smooth.  The top layer is chocolate with raspberry preserves mixed in!  Peanut butter and jelly is now dessert!  Which is way better in my opinion!

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I made these too:

 Buckeye Cookie Bites 

Peanut Butter Caramel Bars

I found these yummies on Pinterest!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Pie Bars                              Laura’s Sweet Spot

 Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes                           The Girl Who Ate Everything

 

I’ll be linking this recipe up to these fabulous sites as well as to: Jam Hands

The DIY Dreamer and

Chocolate Raspberry Peanut Butter Bars

Author: Lemons for Lulu
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Serves: 24
Your favorite sandwich is now a dessert! This three layer bar has a peanut butter cookie, peanut butter filling and chocolate with raspberry preserves!
Ingredients
  • Cookie Base
  • 1 (1 lb, 1.5 oz) peanut butter cookie mix
  • 3 T oil
  • 2 T water
  • 1 Egg
  • For the filling:
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 t milk
  • For the chocolate
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 T Raspberry preserves
Instructions
  1. The the base
  2. Heat oven to 350. Spray a 9×13 pan, set aside. In a bowl, combine cookie ingredients until a soft dough forms. Carefully spread dough onto prepared pan. Bake 15 minutes. Let cool completely before proceeding to filling.
  3. For the filling
  4. Beat all filling ingredients until smooth. Add more milk if filling is too stiff. Spread filling onto cooled cookie crust. Top with chocolate
  5. For the chocolate
  6. Melt butter and chocolate in a microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds. Stir until smooth, repeating heating process if necessary. When chocolate is mostly melted, stir in preserves stirring until completely melted and smooth. Let cool for 10 minutes before spreading on top of the filling. Refrigerate

recipe adapted from Betty Crocker

31 Responses

  1. Chocolate and raspberry together are one of my FAAAAVE combos! And I agree with you: I do NOT pee in the woods. Or camp. After trying it once (hated it), twice (hated it), a third time (okay, it wasn’t too bad minus the constant fear of murderers and bears), and fourth time (HATED. IT.) I’d say my odds of loving camping aren’t good. However, there was that third time, so if I venture for a fifth, I think bringing these bars along would enhance my odds of loving it again :)

    • Yes, the bears and the murderers!! That totally crossed my mind too! Alas, I survived! The bars saved my I’m sure!

  2. That sounds like camping I could tolerate…..glad you had fun! The bars sound wonderful – I’m pinning them for sure!

    • Thanks for the pin!!! The bars made capping more fun thats for sure! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. These are AWESOME
    Chocolate + raspberry + PB = heavenly taste!:)

  4. YUM!!!!!!! I’ll take a whole pan please!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  5. Oh yummy, they look so great, I want to go out and get the stuff to make some now!

  6. I’ve never tried PB and raspberry together, but it sounds delicious.

    • Thank you! I hope you try them! Thanks for checking them out!

  7. Three of my favorite things…chocolate, raspberries & PB! I just pinned your recipe. I saw your share at JAQS link party! Thanks for a great recipe share!

    • Thanks for pinning, I hope you try them! Thanks so much for visiting!

  8. Those look especially yummy and delicious….come on hand them around! :0D
    I have to say I don’t go camping – ever – shudder!!

    • I wish you were to pass them too!!! Thanks for visiting!

  9. anything chocolate and raspberry has my vote! It’s awesome that you even went camping although you don’t like the outdoors. We took our 2 year old camping for the first time and she loved it. Seeing how much fun she had made it a little more worth it! Thanks for the recipe, I look forward to seeing more.

    • I thought they went well together! Thanks for visiting!

  10. I agree with Carissa. Put raspberries with chocolate and I’m sure to love it, whatever it is you’re making. Adding peanut butter, though, takes it to another level completely. I bet they disappeared within minutes of being brought out.

    • Chocolate and raspberry are truly a match made in heaven!!! They did extremely fast!

  11. Sara

    How much raspberry preserves do you mix in with chocolate? I dont see it listed

    • Oop! Fixed it! Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  12. These sound great! Pinned them :) I’m with you on not peeing in the woods – I have a house full of boys so I am obligated to do the camping thing once in awhile lol. Just wanted to thank you for linking up last week and let you know the party is live now! I can’t wait to see what you share this week at All my Bloggy Friends!

    • Thanks Jamie! Yeah, boys have no trouble peeing in the woods do they! Thanks for the party!

  13. Love raspberry anything. Add chocolate and pb, you’ve made my day!!! Yum! Thanks for sharing at Foodtastic Friday!

    • I’m happy I made some one’s day!!!! Thanks Becky!

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