The Fresh Loaf

News & Information for Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts

Head Over Heels for Chocolate Peanut Butter Shortbread Squares Recipe

shreyjagma's picture

Head Over Heels for Chocolate Peanut Butter Shortbread Squares Recipe

Everyone wants a new and different dish for their kitchen menu and a menu consist of something sweet for sure. Now what special and different to be added with all the ingredients available is a big question. Here is chocolate peanut butter shortbread squares recipe which is simply superb and easy to cook and enjoyed with friends and family.


For shortbread

  • ½ cup softened butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of flour

For caramel

  • 25 unwrapped caramels
  • 2 tablespoon of peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon of heavy cream.

For chocolate

  • 1 ¼ cup of milk or semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoon of peanut butter
  • ½ cup of mini Reese’s pieces (optional)

Steps to be followed:

  1. Preheat the oven at 350F
  2. Take an 8x8 inch pan and line it with foil and spray it with cooking spray.
  3. For the shortbread cream the butter and sugar with the help of a hand or a mixer till it becomes fluffy.
  4. Mix the vanilla extract in it and then stir the flour. Take the prepared mixture and press it in the pan.
  5. Bake it for about 16-18 mins until it becomes golden brown from the top. Keep it aside and let it cool.
  6. For the caramel add the caramels, peanut butter and cream in a bowl and microwave it. Set the microwave on high and heat it for 40 seconds. Stir it and the again melt it for 10-20 seconds. Stir it again till it becomes smooth.
  7. Now pour the mixture on the top of the shortbread.
  8. Take a spatula and coat it with cooking spray and evenly spread the mixture on the shortbread. Chill it for 10 mins.
  9. For the chocolate topping melt chocolate chips and peanut butter together in the microwave for about 35-40 seconds. Stir it continuously till it is smooth enough.
  10. Pour the melted chocolate over the caramel and spread evenly and carefully. Top it with Reese’s pieces if required. Chill it until it becomes firm.
  11. Take the bars and warm them a little as the caramel would be hard and won’t be able to cut easily.
  12. At room temperature attained cut the bars.

Chocolate peanut butter shortbread squares are ready to be eaten but eat them at room temperature so that the caramel doesn’t hurt your teeth.