Buddy Bars are peanut butter bars with chocolate chips in the bar and chocolate chip icing smoothed over the top. They are so quick and easy to make up and very similar to my Peanut Butter Swirl Bars recipe — just a little different. They have a rich, dense peanutty texture, yet each bite explodes with softened chocolate chips. The recipe calls for creamy peanut butter, but if you prefer a crunchier taste feel free to use crunchy peanut butter instead.
These bars are great for kid’s snacks, to pass around at soccer practice or games, and for a quick treat that needs to be made in a hurry. We hosted a New Year’s Eve party a couple of years ago and one of the gal’s that came brought this delicious treat. They were a big hit with everyone. Thankfully, Lorene shared a copy of her recipe with me and now I share it with you!
If you like the combination of peanut butter and chocolate (and most people do!) plus you want a recipe that can be prepared quickly you may want to try out this Buddy Bars recipe. It’s easy and economical–and seriously, what’s not to love about chocolate and peanut butter? Yum, yum!
Buddy Bars sure are scrumptious!
Buddy Bars are quite rich with chocolate chips in the body of the bar and then chocolate icing smoothed over the top.
These are great snacks for your kids.
You can have a batch of Buddy Bars made up in no time.
Pass them around and share them!
Here’s what I did.
Soften butter. It’s really better to leave it out on your counter for a few hours but I was in a hurry and forgot to plan ahead.
Add creamy peanut butter.
Mix ingredients with an electric mixer to combine.
Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens cookies.
Add half the chocolate chips.
Stir with a wooden spoon to combine. Over-stirring with a mixer toughens baked goods.
Spray a 10×15″ jelly roll pan with cooking spray. Spread cookie batter into pan. (I’m making a double batch here otherwise you’d use a 9×13″ pan).
Bake at 350 about 30-40 minutes or until cooked through.
Immediately sprinkle remaining chocolate chips over top of the hot Buddy Bars. Allow to soften for about 5 minutes before spreading chocolate chips over top of the Buddy Bars.
Here I’m spreading the chocolate in a very thin layer over top of the Buddy Bars.
Here the chocolate has been completely spread over top of the Buddy Bars. There is JUST enough for this recipe to have a thin layer of icing on top.
Allow icing to cool thoroughly. Cut into bars. A jelly-roll pan yields 48 bars. A 9×13″ pan yields 24 bars.
Don’t these look amazing?
This crazy view was one of the best side views so you can see the texture.
Our family loves anything to do with peanut butter and chocolate! We think you’ll enjoy these delicious Buddy Bars, too!
Lots of peanut butter and chocolate in every bite – oh, my!
Here’s the recipe.
(Recipe from Lorene Ramer, when we attended Hillcrest Baptist Church, Cedar Hill, TX)
1 cup peanut butter
6 tbsp. butter, softened
1 ¼ cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens cookies)
¼ tsp. salt
2 cups milk chocolate chips, divided
Preheat oven to 350°. Beat peanut butter and butter until smooth, about 1 minute. Add sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Beat until creamy. Beat in flour and salt. Stir in 1 cup chocolate chips. Spread into 9×13” greased baking pan. Bake about 30 to 40 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Immediately sprinkle remaining chips over cookies. Let stand 5 minutes. Spread melted chips evenly over top of cookie. Cut into squares when cool. Yield: about 24.
Buddy Bars are rich, dense, and filling!
The great thing about making this recipe is you probably already have all the ingredients on hand if you bake regularly.
Buddy Bars are not only quick and easy to make — they’re economical too. Why don’t you allow yourself to try a bite? LOL.