The Chocolate and Peanut Butter saga continues. I saw a pie recipe over at Mandy’s Recipe Box and had to make another chocolate and peanut butter dessert. My big box of Reese’s minis is almost gone, so I should move on to more springy recipes soon … maybe.
I had half of a batch of cookie dough left over from this recipe and needed to use it up. Yes, I could have easily baked cookies, but this recipe got to me first. Mandy’s Reese’s Fudge Pie is the inspiration behind Chocolate Chip Reese’s Fudge Bars. Try saying that with your mouth full!
For The Cookie Dough Crust:
1 C Butter
½ C Brown Sugar
1-½ C White Sugar
2-½ teaspoons Vanilla Extract
2-½ C Flour
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
2 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Cream together the butter and sugars using a mixer. Add the eggs and vanilla, making sure to scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl. Add the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder and mix on low until everything is incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips.
Layer half of the cookie dough on the bottom of a prepared 9 X 9-inch baking pan, pressing down to form the bottom of the bars, bake in a 350* oven until light brown.
Reserve the remaining cookie dough to be used to make cookies later in the day.
1 (14 oz) can Sweetened Condensed Milk
3 C Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1/4 teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 (8 oz) bag Reese’s Minis – I chopped 2 C or about 28 minis
Mix all but the Reese’s Minis in a saucepan and heat over medium low, stirring until melted and smooth. Spread over the cookie dough layer. Press Reese’s Minis into the fudge.
Peanut Butter Mousse:
1 C Creamy Peanut Butter
1 C Powdered Sugar
8 oz room temperature Cream Cheese
4 oz (half of a container) Cool Whip, thawed
Mix peanut butter, cream cheese, and powdered sugar with a hand mixer until creamy. Fold in the Cool Whip. Spread over the fudge.
For a pretty garnish I used my vegetable peeler to make chocolate shavings from a Hershey’s bar.
I do have a few notes on this recipe.
1. This is a RICH dessert. In fact, the next time I make these bars I am going to use half as much fudge layer. The fudge just got to be too much.
2. I LOVE the Peanut Butter Mousse! I could eat it right out of the bowl.