Reese’s Peanut Butter Caramel Bars { appreciation post for the worlds best taste tester}

Need something sinful and decadent?

You need these bars!  Choc full of chocolate chips, gooey caramel, peanut butter 

and chopped Reese’s Cups!

Peanut Butter Caramel Bars

My husband and I have very defined roles, much like many married couples.  He works outside the home and provides for his family, he takes care of all landscaping duties.  He is the painter, the fix it man, the chief financial planner, the sports “trainer”, and the taste tester.  I am everything else.  We are two pieces that make up the perfect whole.  Each piece is dependent upon the other.  With a few exceptions, these roles were not planned out or discussed, they just sort of emerged.  Neither my husband nor myself ever imagined  how these roles would evolve over time.  Especially my role as baker and his role as taste tester!

Reese's Peanut Butter Caramel Bars

I Am Baker thought of this fun idea, where we feature our significant other as a way to show our appreciation.  Each of us have 5 questions for our loved ones to answer the best they can.  Without further ado, my five questions:

1. What is your favorite blog?

Mr. Lulu:  Lemonsforlulu.com.  It’s the only blog I read.  But if I did read others, I’m sure that would still be my favorite.

2. What is your favorite blog prop?

Mr. Lulu:  Painted background boards.

3. What is the weirdest thing you’ve seen your spouse do for a blog post?

Mr. Lulu: Stand on chairs to take pictures.

4. If you could have your own blog, what would you call it?

Mr. Lulu: I couldn’t tell you, I just know it would have to do with golf.

5. What do you do for a living and what are your hobbies?

Mr. Lulu: I am in sales.  My hobbies are golf, basketball, exercising, and playing with the kids.

Reese's Peanut Butter Caramel Bars

We all know the phrase “behind every great man there is a great woman”?  Well I believe behind every baker, there is a great taste tester!  And boy is my husband a fabulous tester!  He’s honest and discerning, yet delicate and appreciative.  He’s a good egg.  Because I love him, I made him the richest, peanut butter bars ever.   His taste buds were working overtime on these babies!  These bars have a gooey layer of caramel in the center that spills out with each bite.  Chocolate chips and mini Reese’s peanut butter cups make these peanut butter bars decadent and delicious!   If you’ve never had peanut butter and caramel together, time to change your ways.  They are a splendid pair!  Much like Mr. Lulu and myself!

Reese's Peanut Butter Caramel Bars

Thank you Mr. Lulu.  I wouldn’t be here, doing what I love if it weren’t for your unwavering support.  Thank you for tasting a countless number of recipes without ever insulting them or spitting them out (even when they deserved it).  Thank you for all the time you spent proofreading and for all your advice.   This food blogger couldn’t ask for a better man, friend or husband!

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Caramel Peanut Butter Cups
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Peanut Butter Caramel Bars

Peanut Butter Caramel Bars

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Caramel Bars { appreciation post for the worlds best taste tester}
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅔ cup butter melted
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 12oz package mini Reese cups unwrapped and chopped
  • 11 oz or about 30 caramels
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a mixer, combine brown sugar and melted butter beating until creamy. Add vanilla. Beat in eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in peanut butter until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Carefully add flour mixture to peanut butter mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Grease a 9x13 pan. Spread half of the dough onto the prepared pan.
  4. In a microwave safe bowl, melt caramels and heavy cream at 45-second intervals until completely melted. Stir until smooth. Pour caramel onto bottom layer of bars. Top with chopped Reese cups. Drop remaining dough onto peanut butter cups, gently spreading with your fingers.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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My husband did not want me to put his face on the internet.  But he didn’t say anything about his feet!

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75 Responses

  1. Oh my, I’d love these, too! Love reading everyone’s q&a with the hubby!

  2. It’s cracking me up all the things we do for a good photo – and that our husbands notice it and think we’re nuts. Because we are! Love it.

    • My husband has just stared ignoring me when I’m in the kitchen!

  3. The picture at the end gave me a giggle ;) Thanks for introducing us to your awesome other half!

  4. Mr. Lulu… love that! That picture with the goo in the bar… um… WOW. I need these immediately!! Thanks so much for doing this… I just love getting to know you both better!!

  5. Gahhhhh Tanya– that last delicious gooey shot is amazing! WANT. I love how you define your partnership– so sweet!

  6. These look and sound absolutely incredible! I love the flavor combination! And what a cute post to feature your favorite taste tester! ;)

  7. tell mr. lulu that if he ever tires of taste testing yummies like this, i will be happy to oblige! :)

  8. Oh my gosh, cute cute cute! Even the feet! And peanut butter cups are my favorite candy, so this is going to have to be made. Oh yes.

  9. Awww! I want to meet this fabulous man behind this extra fab woman! :)

  10. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

    Whoa baby! These bars look insanely good! And great interview! Cheers for hubbies!

  11. Love it!! I think its great when we work as a perfect team with our husbands!! And these bars look amazing I know my hubs would love them!

  12. Why do so many of the hubs think it’s odd to stand on a chair for a photo? Seems like pretty standard stuff. ;) Fab looking bars!!

    • I was thinking the same thing! It’s not weird at all!

  13. Very sweet! As are these bars…they look fabulous!

    • He says your welcome! Thanks Erin!

  14. These look just amazing! I love “Mr. Lulu’s” answer to question 1. Such a supportive husband! :)

  15. How fun to learn more about your husband! I’m loving reading these posts. What a great way to discover new blogs!

    • Thanks Rachel, I agree, this was fun.

  16. These sound to-die-for! Love everything in them. Your husband sounds like a great guy!

  17. I love this idea of interviewing your other half. These bars look so amazing! I am sure he was one happy man.

    • Thanks Emily, the whole family was happy!

  18. I wish my hubs would be my tester!!! How nice would that be?? :) These bars are TO DIE FOR.

    • Your husband has Superman will power! Thanks Dorothy!

  19. Caramel and peanut butter need to be best friends, because whenever they’re around together, magical things happen. In LOVE with these Tanya!

    • You are right, it magical things DO happen Hayley!

  20. A great post and interview, Tanya. “Mr. Lulu” gave me a chuckle while the recipe had my mouth watering. Consider this one pinned. Thank you.

  21. Ah yes a great taste tester is VERY important. These caramel bars look fantastic! it’s so fun getting to know everyone :)

  22. Oh my goodness!!! I am drooling! I have never wanted a bite of something so badly. These look amazing!

  23. Oh my goodness! These bars look fantastic! I love reeses peanut butter cups, I would devour these!

    • Our family certainly did devour these!

  24. My gosh, these bars!! There’s PB AND CARAMEL?! I want to join the taste tester!! :-D

    • The taste tester love company! Thanks Kate!

  25. Tanya – this is such a sweet post and I felt like I was reading about my husband and myself!! I love the q&a…he definitely sounds like a “good egg” and he is lucky to have such tasty things to test! :)

    • Thanks Cathy, I’ll definitely keep him!

  26. What a lucky guy to get these bars! They look sooo good. :)

    And aww at his answer about his favorite blog. So sweet!

    • That better be his answer! Ha, Thanks Erin!

  27. thebetterbaker11

    What a great post! I smiled all the way through while reading about your hubby…and how you two fit together like a puzzle. Awesome! You did a great job describing your relationship too. And these bars??? OH.MY.GOODNESS! They look to die for…I’m wild about chocolate, and caramel, and peanut butter too? OF COURSE! Thanks so much for sharing at Weekend Potluck.

  28. Tanya, these look delicious! Loved the Q&A with Mr. LuLu!! :) Thanks for sharing and pinning! Hope you had a happy weekend!

  29. I have to say, I have never thought to stand on a chair to get the right shot, must try that! And I think it’s great that Mr. Lulu is so supportive. My husband is an avid golfer {his index recently dropped to 6.something} Love these bars! Mr. Disorganized lives peanut butter and caramel, and I know he’d love these too!

  30. Well these have everything you could possible need for super-duper-deliciousness! Pinning :)

  31. Mmmm, my husband’s the taste tester on savory dishes (even when not asked) sometimes, I don’t love it so much! :) But, I do love the look of this dessert! Pinned

  32. Isn’t it amazing how many husbands think it’s weird to stand on chairs to take food photos?! :D

  33. […] balls and cupcakes for her birthday and because I have an extreme love for peanut butter and chocolate, I eagerly obliged!  Naturally after the buckeyes were made, my daughter asked if she could try […]

  34. Carol (home baker)

    The Reese’s Peanut Butter Caramel Bars are the first I’ve made from Lulu’s site. My husband is also the official taste tester in our household. He takes is role very seriously. While he is swayed easily by peanut butter, chocolate, walnuts, and oatmeal cookies, he will patiently try anything I bake, give his honest opinion, and suggest improvements or additions…lovingly. I confess that I am not a chocolate lover. In fact, chocolate does not like me…my hands break out if I work with the confection too much, i don’t enjoy to smell, taste or texture. However, I do bake, if say so myself, killer brownies and chocolate goodies. So, after I read this recipe to my husband, he enthusiastically requested I make them. The brown sugar and melted butter are a heavenly way to begin. The batter is very thick, and silky; add the chocolate chips, layer the melted caramels and chopped mini reese’s, top with remaining thick batter and it’s spectacular, even before baked. The finished brownies are very gooey and rich. At first I thought I had not baked them long enough, though the edges were browned, and toothpick came out clean (except for caramel or chocolate on it). This recipe will be added to my favorites page and made again and again.

    • You are right the batter is very thick. I was worried about them being under baked too but then they end up so soft and rich! So happy you and your husband both enjoyed these. They are certainly a favorite in my home too.

  35. My family LOVED these! Thanks for the excellent recipe, Tanya!

    • Oh good! Thank you for trying them Liz!!

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