Prep 2 hrs
Cook 1 hr
Peanut butter cup crust, peanut butter-caramel filling, and chocolate frosting--so good no one will even care you used a cake mix! *Prep time also includes the 1 hr refrigeration time.*
- 1 (18 1/4 ounce) package yellow cake mix
- 1⁄2 cup butter, softened
- 1 large egg
- 20 miniature peanut butter cups, chopped
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 (12 1/4 ounce) jar caramel topping
- 1⁄4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1⁄2 cup salted peanuts
- 1 (16 ounce) can milk chocolate frosting (or use your favorite recipe)
- 1⁄2 cup chopped salted peanuts
- MAKE THE BARS: In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry cake mix, butter, and egg; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until no longer crumbly, about 3 minutes.
- Stir in the peanut butter cups; press the mixture into a greased 9 x 13 baking pan.
- Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 18-22 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine the cornstarch, caramel topping, and peanut butter until smooth.
- Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture comes to a boil, about 25 minutes.
- Cook and stir 1-2 minutes longer; remove pan from heat and stir in the peanuts.
- Spread the mixture evenly over the warm crust; bake for 6-7 minutes longer, or until almost set.
- Cool completely on a wire rack.
- Spread evenly with the frosting; sprinkle with chopped peanuts.
- Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before cutting into bars; store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- Bring to room temperature before serving; but they're just as yummy cold!
This is OUT OF THE WORLD amazing --I think that I have even had dreams about these bars they are THAT good. I have made them several times; A lady at work told me that these were "the best" dessert that I have brought in ever (and I bake quite a bit!!!) Followed the recipe exactly -- very easy and sooooo good. I have been told that they taste somewhat like a Snickers bar -- I don't know about that, I'm just waiting for an excuse to make them again!!! Thanks for recipe, I think (my hips will never be the same!!!)
Yum! I couldn't even wait for them to cool before digging in! I didn't have any chocolate frosting so I put a milk chocolate bar on the top, popped it back in the oven for a few seconds to melt, and spread that on like frosting. Will definitely be making these again. Thanks for posting!