I recently moved apartments in Hoboken and now I live pretty close to an Everlast boxing gym. Boxing is definitely not for me, but there is a stellar Strength and Conditioning class that I’ve started taking 1-2 times a week. It’s only 45 minutes long which is a perfect length of time. I’m usually dying by the 30 minute mark, so it’s good to know that we’re at least in the home stretch by then.
I bring this up because ever since these Chocolate Stout Pretzel Peanut Bars have entered my life, I feel like i need to spend even more time at the gym. These dessert bars are so addictive! Honestly, if you’re going to have a vice, it should be something like a mixture of pretzels, dark chocolate, and peanut butter. This is going to shock you, but I’m not a huge peanut butter fan. I don’t dislike it, but I don’t go crazy over it. At least not until now. I absolutely loved the peanut butter flavor in these bars. I just can’t get enough of them. And, this is why I gym.
Oh, did I mention that there is also stout beer in here? We already had so many reasons to love this dessert, and now there’s one more. Granted, there’s not a lot of beer and since these bars are baked, they’re still fine for kids to eat. The stout just adds a subtle malty flavor to bars. Friendly reminder: St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. I’m sure your family and friends would really enjoy if you decided to turn up on their doorstep with a plate full of these treats.
So yeah, you’ll be seeing me at the gym some more, as I’m pretty certain these dessert bars will be in my oven quite regularly from now on. Sorry, not sorry!
Chocolate Stout Pretzel Peanut Butter Bars
makes 9-16 bars, depending on the size of your bars
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (do not use natural peanut butter)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup white sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 cup stout beer
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup dark chocolate chips, divided
1/2 cup pretzels, slightly crushed
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8x8 baking dish with cooking spray, or line with parchment paper. Set aside.
2) Add the peanut butter and melted butter to a large bowl. Use an electric mixer to beat the two ingredients together until incorporated.
3) Pour in the brown and white sugars. Mix together again until fully combined.
4) Add in the eggs, beer, and vanilla, beating each ingredient in until mixed well.
5) Stir in the salt, flour, and 1/2 cup chocolate chips.
6) Pour the batter in the prepared pan and spread it as evenly as possible. Top the batter with the remaining chocolate chips and the pretzels.
7) Bake until the edges have set and the center is slightly wobbly, about 30 minutes.
8) Allow the bars to cool before cutting and serving.
—recipe slightly adapted from The Beeroness