These delicious popcorn bars has a chewy peanut butter cookie crust and is topped with salted caramel fudge popcorn. The perfect dessert for kids & parties
Peanut Butter Caramel Popcorn Bars
If you thought popcorn was just for the movies, then you’re going to be surprised with this funky dessert. These peanut butter caramel popcorn bars start out with a chewy peanut butter cookie crust, then it has a chocolate caramel layer, a peanut butter cream and finally topped with salted caramel fudge popcorn. Sounds good doesn’t it?
Every bite you take will transport you to paradise. Such sweetness, softness and flavor. Peanut butter, chocolate and caramel were meant to be together. It’s a 3-way marriage made in heaven. Adding delicious popcorn on top makes this recipe different and special. Something you would never expect.
If you’re hosting parties and get-togethers during the holidays, consider taking a few of these popcorn bars along. It’s the perfect 2 bite dessert that will please everybody, especially kids.
For the top I used store bought caramel popcorn! It makes life easier and they’re all delicious. Just use your favorite brand and you’re set.
So order a few bags online and you will see what I mean. I am sending a box to my sister in New York. She’s hosting a Holiday party and was looking for something original to serve as apps and dessert. Since she’s not much of a cook this will be perfect for her.
I hope you can try these delicious Peanut Butter Caramel Popcorn Bars at home. If you do, please upload a pic on Instagram and tag me @Livingsweetmoments or use the hashtag #LivingSweet. I promise to repost it.
Peanut Butter Caramel Popcorn Bars
- For Peanut Butter Cookie Crust
- 1/2 tablespoons stick of unsalted butter softened, 4
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- Pinch of salt
- 1 1/2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup of Caramel Bits
- Peanut Butter Cream
- 2 tablespoon <g class="gr_ gr_118 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_disable_anim_appear undefined Punctuation only-del replaceWithoutSep" id="118" data-gr-id="118">butter </g>softened (1/2 stick)
- 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
- 3/4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoons milk
- 2 cups of Caramel Popcorn
Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit
Line an 8x8" pan with aluminum foil and spray the foil with nonstick spray or butter
In a small bowl mix the flour, baking <g class="gr_ gr_113 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_disable_anim_appear undefined Punctuation only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="113" data-gr-id="113">soda</g> and salt. Set aside
Using the bowl of a mixer, cream the butter and sugars together for 3-4 minutes until creamy. Scrape the sides of the bowl down with a spatula
Add the egg, vanilla and peanut butter. Keep mixing on medium speed until combined
Place this entire mixture on the 8x8 pan. With a spatula press down until the dough is completely flat and covers the entire surface
Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the top starts to brown
Remove mixture from oven and immediately sprinkle the caramel bits and chocolate chips on top. Wait 1-2 minutes for the chocolate to start melting, then spread with a spatula until the chocolate covers the entire surface
Let this mixture cool completely
b]For Peanut Butter Cream
Place the peanut butter, cookie, <g class="gr_ gr_112 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_disable_anim_appear undefined Punctuation only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="112" data-gr-id="112">milk</g> and butter on a mixer bowl. Mix on medium speed until combined
Spread this mixture on top
Add the popcorn and press down gently so it sticks to the peanut butter cream
Remove from pan and cut into squares or bars