Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bars

In my last post I promised you a treat and here it is, Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars – delicious straight from the fridge -I dare you to only eat one!

Cookie Dough
180g dark brown sugar
125g butter
1 egg
200g plain flour
20g malted drink powder (Ovaltine)
50g cocoa powder
3/4tsp salt
2/4tsp bicarbonate of soda

Peanut Butter Filling
250g icing sugar
4 tbsp peanut butter (crunchy or smooth whichever you prefer)
25g butter
100g marshmallows

200g milk chocolate

Preheat the oven to 180c/160c Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4
Begin by making the cookie dough base. Its really easy…let’s see…

Chuck all your ingredients in a bowl and mix really well with an electric mixer.

Ta da lovely cookie dough mixture.  If you feel like it you can give up at this point and just make cookies instead – shape them into small balls and place on a baking tray, pop them in a medium oven for about ten minutes.
If you’ve not given in and are sticking with me find yourself a baking pan approx 20 x 30cm.  Line it with greaseproof paper and tip the cookie mix in. (There’s a lot of chucking and tipping in this post – stick with it the kamakazee approach works!)

Spread it out evenly(ish) in the base of the pan using the back of a spoon.

Ok so mine isn’t that even – I did say even(ish)!
Pop it in the oven for 12-15 minutes until puffy and cooked through.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

Meanwhile you can get on with making the peanut butter layer.

Cream together the butter and peanut butter.

Pop the marshmallows into a bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds.  The marshmallows should be all melty and look something like this

Add the gooey marshmallow to the peanut mixture and beat well. Now add in the icing sugar and enough water to make a spreadable consistency.
This will probably be about 4-6tbps.

Now spread this layer over the top of the cookie mixture and put it into the fridge to chill.

Melt the milk chocolate and pour over the chilled cookie/peanut combo.

Spread it evenly across the top for a flat finish or wiggle a fork across the top like I have (because as already proved I don’t do even).

Return to the fridge to chill.  Cut into squares and serve.

Best served straight out of the fridge!

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bars 
Ruth Clemens BakerRuth Clemens, Baker ExtraordinaireContestant on BBC2’s The Great British Bake Off

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