Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Chubby Hubby Bars

Have any of you ever had Ben & Jerry's Chubby Hubby ice cream?  Oh boy, that stuff is good y'all.  They don't call it Chubby Hubby for nuthin.  It's vanilla ice cream with chocolate and peanut butter and pretzels.  It is creamy and sweet with a hint of saltiness from the pretzels.  If you like that combination of flavors then you are sure to love these bars.  They are basically chocolate chip cookie bars with peanut butter and pretzels added.  I took a few samples into work to see what the gang there thought and it got a big thumbs up across the board  so I knew this would be a great one to share with y'all.
Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. table salt
3/4 cups unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), room temperature
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
2 large eggs
1/3 cup chunky peanut butter (optional)
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups, semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
 1 1/2 cups chopped pretzels, divided
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F degrees
Spray a 9x13 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray (I like the kind that has flour in it.)
Put your pretzels in a sealable bag, and chop them up (roughly). I just pound mine with a rolling pin.  You don't want them to be pulverized because you want folks to really be able to see and taste the pretzels in the bars. 
 In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. 
Give it all a good stir with a fork or a whisk.
 Using a mixer, beat together butter, light brown sugar and white sugar at medium speed. 
Mix until combined and fluffy. 
 Now add in eggs, vanilla and peanut butter (if using).
 On low speed, slowly add in your flour mixture just until it is incorporated into the batter.
Overmixing your batter can result in a tougher bar.
 Now add in 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1 cup chopped pretzels.
 Stir this mixture up with a spoon, batter will be very stiff.
Or you can turn your mixer back on the lowest setting until it is combined, just don't overmix it.
 Spread batter into baking pan. This stuff is pretty thick so just do your best to spread it out evenly.
 In a small bowl, mix together your remaining toppings, 1/2 cup chopped pretzels, 1/4 cup chocolate chips  and 1/2 cup peanut butter chips.
 Sprinkle mixture over top of batter.
Bake for about 30-35 minutes until golden brown.
Cool completely before cutting into squares.
Enjoy!

27 comments :

Mama J said...

Ohhhhh.... this looks like my kind of dessert!

The Mom Chef said...

They definitely look delicious. This is the kind of dessert that might last a half day in our house. Hubby would eat them for meals, not just as a snack!

JODI said...

I need to make these!!!!

Anita at Hungry Couple said...

These look yummy! And I can relate to The Mom Chef...mine would eat these as meals, too! :)

Maureen said...

I would love to have one of these. I hate it when I see something that makes me drool and I know I can't get the ingredients here. I *could* get them shipped though. :)

Marilyn said...

Oh my gosh!
I'll be pinning this for SURE!
I love your recipes and your blog!

Julie said...

Seriously yummy! Those would make a chubbier me :)

Kiri W. said...

I love everything about this, save the pretzels. Mmmm, that would make for a chubby hubby!

RavieNomNoms said...

Oh man I am sure that these are soooo addicting!

Steph said...

Whoa mama!! This is devine! Would it be bad if I topped it with Chubby Hubby ice cream too! LOL!!

Anonymous said...

Where does the other 1/4c of peanut butter chips go?

The Country Cook said...

Anonymous, thank you for catching that. It should say 1/2 cup, not 1/4 cup. :)

The Better Baker said...

Myohmy! You sure know how to make my mouth water! No doubt, this is a marvelous and delicious recipe. Love the whole idea of sweet/salty together. Gonna have to make them soon. Thanks Brandie.

Sandra in NM* said...

These look so good that I'm going to try them in the next day or so even though I'm stuck on bed rest for three weeks. (Sshhhh) I've seen this recipe on another blog as well but theirs had caramel in it and no peanut butter. Debating on whether to put the caramels in or not....probably not since I didn't have the hubs pick any up at the store just now. LOL Thanks for your great recipes as always!!!
Sandra in NM

Annie Oakley's Kitchen said...

These look so good! They also reminds me of those Take 5 candy bars. They are my favorite!

www.you-made-that.com said...

Looks really tasty, I love the sweet and salty factor. Congrats on the top 9 :)

Becky said...

Brandie,
These bars are amazing with all of my favorite flavors, chocolate and PB. Then you went and added pretzels, and they are over the top.

Congrats on the Top 9 today!

susan259 said...

yum!!!

bakingbad said...

Going to make these for our next get together! Thanks so much Brandie!

Sandra in NM* said...

Just took them out of the oven...they smell so good. Are they worth a mouth burn to not wait until they've cooled to taste? LOL

The Country Cook said...

Sandra..LOLz. You sound like me! Hope you like them!

melanie said...

MMMMM...mi vant now!!! I just found you blog and I so proud to say we share the same sweet tooth... Ive got plans, now! Thanks....

Daisy@Nevertoosweet said...

YUM :) Hahaha I love the name Chubby Hubby hehe its definitely got all the ingredients my boyfriend would love hehe and i love your chubby hubby bars :)

Congrats for being top 9 and sharing this great recipe!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recipe! My hubby was just wanting me to make some dessert eith pretzeld. Usefu
Tip....use an old cereal bag for crushing the pretzels. Cereal bags are much sturdier than ziplock bags and take a rolling pin beating much better!

Paula R. said...

Just got done putting a pan in the oven. If they taste as good as the batter...yumm-o!! My hubby will love these tomorrow for Valentine's Day! Thanks for all your wonderful, down home recipes!! I usually have the ingredients and can try things immediately! Love that, Brandi! Thanks.

Paula R. said...

Just finished popping a pan into the oven. Can't wait to try them...the batter is wonderful!! My hubby will definitely enjoy these tomorrow!! Thanks for such good, down home recipes. Love them!

Anonymous said...

I made these last weekend. Very tasty and a big hit at our party!