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Gramma's Peanut Butter Swirl Bars and Balls

Updated on August 3, 2012

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Gramma's Peanut Butter Swirl Bars are the family favorite and are a staple at every gathering. They are so beloved that my oldest son requested them at his wedding as the groom's cake! We did some creative baking and finally came upon a way to dress them up enough to be served alongside the bride's cake! We dipped them in almond bark! They were served in both bar and ball form, but the balls were definitely a hit! Now the dilemma will be whether to serve them in the bar form or the balls! We will soon see! Give them a try and let me know which you prefer!

Peanut Swirl Bars Dressed Up

My oldest son wanted Peanut Butter Swirl Bars for his groom's cake.  We finally came upon this wonderful alternative!  They were a hit!
My oldest son wanted Peanut Butter Swirl Bars for his groom's cake. We finally came upon this wonderful alternative! They were a hit! | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: Yields 4 dozen 2"x1" bars or 48 balls

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, smooth
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 3/4 cup sugar, granulated
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In large bowl combine peanut butter, butter, brown sugar and sugar together. Beat until creamy.
  2. Gradually beat in eggs and vanilla extract.
  3. In a small bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Blend this into the peanut butter mixture slowly making sure to smooth out lumps.
  4. Grease a 9" x 13" x 2" pan. Pour batter into pan and smooth into corners.
  5. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the surface of the peanut butter batter mixture. Place into oven and bake for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and marbleize with knife, making sure to swirl the chocolate deep and evenly throughout the mixture.
  6. Return to oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Cut into bars. Center may be slightly soft. It will continue to cook after removed from the oven.
  7. To create balls, cut into 1" squares and while still warm roll into balls. Balls can be frozen up to a week. Using almond bark, melt in microwave in 30 second increments. Roll balls in melted bark and place on waxed paper to cool. Once cool balls can be stored in plastic containers and kept refrigerated.

photo and text copyright 2012 Deborah M. Carey

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      Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

      Yum! I love ANYTHING made with peanut butter. This recipe really sounds like a must-try!

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      Debbie Carey 4 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA

      Om, you will not be disappointed!! They are delicious! I am allergic to peanuts but will take my medicine to eat these! Thanks for reading!

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      unreasonablegrace 4 years ago from Madison, AL

      These are making me drool a bit. Sound so delicious!!

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      Debbie Carey 4 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA

      unreasonablegrace, Give them a try! They are really easy and truly delicious! Thanks for reading!

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      Jean Rogers 4 years ago

      Those look phenomenal! I love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter and I know my kids will love helping with this recipe. We will definitely be making this soon!

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      Debbie Carey 4 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA

      Jean Rogers,

      I love them too! I know you will enjoy making them with the kiddos! Be sure to let me know how they turn out! Thanks for reading!

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 4 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Oh, these sound wonderful! This is next on my list.

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      Debbie Carey 4 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA

      Gramma just made some for my son. Half the pan is GONE! Thanks for reading, hope you love them as much as we do! God Bless!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Here's another one for me to try with the girls for their bake sale in school. Maybe, we could wrap them individually in colored plastic cellophane. Sounds interesting and looks good.

      Thanks for sharing; will share as well.

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      Debbie Carey 4 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA

      CrisSp,

      These are great for bake sales! If you make the balls, you can put them on a stick and make them like cake pops. Very easy to sell individually! Thanks for reading and sharing! You ROCK!

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      CarNoobz 4 years ago from USA

      PEANUT BUTTER PEANUT BUTTER PEANUT BUTTER

      I uh...like peanut butter. These look so good. Voted up

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      Debbie Carey 4 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA

      I love peanut butter too! These are a great way to get your peanut butter AND have your cake! LOL! Thanks for the vote!

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