Monday, May 28, 2012

Secret Recipe Club: Take 5 Bars


It's that time of the month again.  Secret Recipe Club time!  This month, I had Jocelyn's blog BruCrew Life.  She claims that she has a sweet tooth and boy do I believe her!  She has recipes for brownies, cupcakes, cookies, cheesecakes, donuts, you name it.  My sweet tooth definitely went into overdrive as I explored her blog.  I finally settled on these Take 5 Bars since Take 5s are one of my favorite kinds of candy.  For my bars, I used mini Reeses instead of peanut butter chips.  Most of the mini Reeses got eaten before I even made the bars... you know, since I had to make sure they weren't poisonous.  I also thought that I had peanuts, so didn't pick any up ahead of making the bars, but I didn't end up having any.

The bars were really delicious, but so rich. I had to drink a cup of coffee and a glass of milk to finish mine!  I am definitely going to have to share these so that I don't eat them all myself.  They definitely remind me of eating a Take 5 bar... except these are way better! Thanks for the recipe Jocelyn.

Take 5 Bars

From BruCrew Life

1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup flour
1 cup mini Reeses

1 c. chopped pretzels
1 c. chocolate chips
1/2 tbsp. shortening (I used vegetable oil, and it didn't work out so well)

Preheat oven to 350* Spray a 9x13 pan with baking spray (I used an 8x8 pan, so my bars ended up a little bit thicker). Set aside. Cream the butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs, vanilla, and peanut butter and cream again. Slowly add the dry ingredients until it is all mixed in. Stir in the peanuts and peanut butter chips by hand. Spread the dough into the prepared pan and bake for 24 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. When completely cool, melt the chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave safe bowl. Stir every 30 seconds, so it doesn't burn. Lay the chopped pretzels on top of the cooled bars and spread the melted chocolate on top. Let set before cutting.

18 comments:

  1. Yum, that looks like my kind of bar!!

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  2. I just love Jocelyn's blog - it's always so fun to try out recipes from her -and this one looks rather delicious if I do say so myself.
    Great choice for Secret Recipe Club.

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  3. Oh yum! I could definitely see myself eating the whole pan of these bars! Thanks for sharing :)

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  4. These bars look awesome! Also, did you get a new design? I love it!!

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    1. Yes, it's a few weeks old now and I love it too! Thanks!

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  5. Peanut butter and chocolate is probably my favorite combination in the whole world. These are right up my alley!! What a wonderful choice for SRC!

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  6. LOL! Why yes, I do have a ginormous sweet tooth...and it seems to get bigger the more I bake:-) You did an awesome job on the Take 5 bars...I love love LOVE the peanut butter cups that you added! Awesome idea!!!

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    1. So glad I picked these Jocelyn! They are awesome.

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  7. These look delicious and perfect for a sweet tooth like me! Anything with chocolate and peanut butter immediately gets my vote :)

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  8. I've never heard of Take 5 bars....never seen them in Toronto. These looks very decadent! Great SRC pick!

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    1. Come to think of it, I don't think we have Take 5's in Canada. This baked good is a good substitute though!

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  9. First off.... Love Jocelyn... one of my favorites!

    2nd... I could live off of take 5's. Great choice!!

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  10. wow, these sound awesome! and your pic turned out just gorgeous. i could go for one right now!

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  11. Oh my goodness. These look AMAZING. I think I was taken at the Reeses peanut butter cups. ;)

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  12. WOW! Those look yummy and sweet and I think I would love them.

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  13. WOW! These look heavenly! I just love Jocelyn's blog too! Great choice!

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  14. I would like to make these in an 8x8 pan as you did...is the cooking time the same?..24 minutes?

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    1. Yes! Sorry, I should have mentioned that. I cooked mine for about 24 minutes. Just check them to see if the middle looks like it is setting up.

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