Nutter Butter Bars are a simple one-bowl dessert bar recipe made with creamy or chunky peanut butter, topped with rich chocolate ganache.
Quick and Easy Nutter Butter Bars
Deliciousness and decadence. Those are the two words to describe my Nutter Butter Bars.
You could also describe them as a rich and peanutty dessert bar that’s similar to the cookie, which we all know and love and from which this recipe was inspired.
Nutter Butter Bars are made with creamy peanut butter and rolled oats, and topped with a rich chocolate ganache.
What makes these peanut butter bars different is that unlike other recipes you might find on the Internet, these are sans Nutter Butter Cookies.
My belief is why remake the wheel–or cookie–when it already is amazing.
Even so, these bars rise above the ordinary, especially when you need a dessert that must be passed around, or for those afternoons when all you want is a sweet treat to satisfy those gnawing hunger pangs.
Nutty Butter Bars
Lately, I’ve also expanded the recipe to include other nut butters, as well.
This is especially great for those folks who prefer other butters, like almond or cashew butter.
The next time you make this recipe for Nutter Butter Bars, why not try one of the “other” nut butters like almond or cashew butter. You’ll use the same amount as you would peanut butter, since they’re easily exchangeable, and regardless of which one you choose, it’ll taste great!
As you can see from the image below, I’ve made three batches made with three different nut butters. They all bake up the same and each tastes–like the nut butter that they’re made with.
Storing and Shipping Your Nutter Butter Bars
The impetus to make these Nutter Butter Bars came with the need to make something to share with my kids when they were away from home.
Whether they attended scout camp or college, these beauties have traveled the distance to bring them a little bit of homemade goodness.
If you want to send these bars in care packages, it’s best to make sure that the bars have cooled completely and the chocolate ganache frosting to set firmly before packing them up.
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One way to speed up the cooling process is to throw the frosted bars into the freezer for about 10 minutes. This way, the frosting will harden properly and the bar will also be cooled enough for shipping.
Then, when you are ready to pack your bars use non-stick parchment paper to separate the layers.
Recommended Products for This Recipe
When you ship or store these dessert bars, I recommend you choose sealed tins, cookie boxes or plastic BPA-free storage containers like those listed below:
I love this cookie box because you can to stack your bars, layer by delicious layer.
This is a perfect box for any care package or dress it up for any occasion, especially weddings, showers and birthdays.
Keep the holidays ringing with this open-view box. Love the fact that you can load this box up and it comes with a label on the top to add your own personal greeting.
Have I whet your appetite? Then it’s time to bake a batch for yourself. Happy Cooking!
And, for more delicious dessert bar recipes, be sure to check out Wisconsin Homemaker’s Recipe Section.
Nutter Butter Bars
For the Bars:
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) softened
- 2/3 cup creamy or chunky peanut butter or almond or cashew butter works well too
- 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup dark brown sugar packed
- 3 whole eggs beaten
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour sifted
- 1 cup quick-cooking oats
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
For the Chocolate Ganache:
- 12 oz heavy whipping cream
- 16 ounces Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Chips
For the Bars:
- Preheat oven for 375 degrees F.
- Use non-stick spray or butter to grease a 9 x 13 inch pan.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat together all of the ingredients in the order that they are listed.
- Mix well and spread into the baking pan.
- Place in oven and bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Let cool completely.
For the Chocolate Ganache:
In a small sauté pan, heat the whipping cream to hot but do not boil. Turn off heat and add the chocolate and stir well until smooth.
- Once the ganache has cooled somewhat, pour over the bars. Let set for approximately 1 hour.
- Cut and serve. Enjoy!