Gluten free and delicious Peanut Butter Bars topped with all the sweet Samoa cookie fixings!
You guys… In Britney’s words, “Oops, I did it again!”
Get this. I clicked “add friend” on a Facebook profile that I should NOT even be visiting, let alone befriending!! Ugh. You’ve also done that, right? RIGHT?
Gurrrrrl, you have no idea how fast I started to move, looking for an option to undo the damage. All this was happening on my phone at like midnight or so. Do you know how hard it is to focus on finding that other option when you are incredibly frantic? Sheeesh!
But, you know… I was bored. I couldn’t sleep. FB-stalking was the next best thing.
Also? Can I share with you a story about a squirrel and these Samoa Peanut Butter Bars?
K. So. I made these awesome bars, and because Antarctica decided to move into Indiana, aaaaand because I wanted the Samoa bars to cool off ASAP, I set the pan outside, on my snow covered porch. About 30 minutes later I went back to get the pan, but the pan was not where I left it.
After realizing my dumb move and praying that there was no raccoons around, I started my search, when in the corner of my eye I spotted a squirrel hugging the pan and just going at it! Her eyes were moving so fast, looking left to right, almost as if she was making sure that noone was about to come and take her prize.
I don’t know about you, but I would never try to come in between an animal and its food. Ever. I don’t care how small that animal is. Funny thing is that the squirrel left with the pan. I have no idea where the pan is, and I just hope that squirrels and chocolate get along.
Thus, lesson learned. Few days later I made the bars again, but this time I just let them cool off inside the house.
About these lovelies; inspired by my 2-Ingredient Nutella Brownies, and by all my bloggy friends’ Samoa adaptations, I created these delicious Samoa Peanut Butter Bars and ate half the pan! I really did. I am SO thankful for my treadmill!
I highly encourage you to make these over the weekend. They are not crazy sweet, but they are super delicious and also chewy! Like, in a good way.
Samoa Peanut Butter Bars
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup smooth Peanut Butter
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips , chopped, divided
- 1 (14 oz.) bag Caramel Candies, unwrapped
- 1 stick butter
- 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Line an 8x8 brownie pan with parchment paper; set aside.
- Place the eggs in your mixer's bowl and beat for 8 minutes, or until eggs have tripled in size.
- Heat Peanut Butter in the microwave for 1 minute.
- Remove and stir.
- Slowly pour a stream of the warm Peanut Butter over the eggs, beating until mixture is thoroughly combined.
- Pour batter into prepared pan.
- Sprinkle 3/4 of chopped chocolate chips on top of Peanut Butter mixture; set aside.
- Combine caramels, butter and sweetened condensed milk into a saucepan.
- Cook over medium-low heat until melted, stirring constantly; about 5 minutes.
- Use 1 cup of prepared caramel sauce and spread it over the chopped chocolate chips.
- (Store any remaining caramel sauce in the fridge and use it as a topping for ice creams, cakes, cookies, etc...)
- Sprinkle shredded coconut over caramel sauce.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with very few crumbs.
- Remove and let completely cool before cutting.
- Melt the remaining chopped chocolate chips and drizzle over the bars.
- Cut and Serve.
Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.
MORE SAMOAS-INSPIRED RECIPES:
Homemade Samoas Girl Scout Cookies from Just A Taste
Homemade Samoas Cookie Recipe from Bakers Royale
Mini Samoa Pies from Crazy for Crust
Girl Scout Cookie Samoa Shake from Dashing Dish
29 comments on “Samoa Peanut Butter Bars”
Hi Katerina, I absolutely love the way you write your blog! I get a lot of great laughs. I also love your recipes! I’m making some desserts for my Mom’s 81st birthday party tomorrow and that the Samoa Peanut Butter Bars will be a big hit, as well as the Bananas Foster Cake and the Apple Caramel shortbread bars. Obviously a.) I love to bake and b.) I couldn’t make up my mind on which = so it’s all three!
Can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with next. And by the way I will be making these all gluten free, so Ill let you know how they came out and what everyone thought as they stuff their mouths full of yumminess.
Happy New Year!
Thank you sooooo much for these amazing, kind words! Means so much to me!! XOXO ♥
Please let me know how your bake-off turns out!! 😉
Wow! Amazing! A whole layer of peanut butter sounds so delicious!
Somewhere a squirrel is staring at your empty pan, wondering how to replenish it again.
Please send over a batch…please! Someone ate all my Samoa cookies.
Well I think it was nice of you to feed the squirrels like that! (I hope squirrels and chocolate get along too!)
OMG… those look amazing! I wish I lived near you! Great site, great recipes! 🙂
check out my recent post, Hot Fudge Cake
These look (and sound!) incredible! So good!
These bars are beyond the beyond, my friend! And your photos are stunning!
Hahahha that’s one smart squirrel! I will not leave the pan behind if I found these bars outside either.
Seriously these are AMAZING!!
OMG!! These look fabulous. Can’t wait to give them a try!
OMG you are killing me with these bars! Killing me in the best way possible.
I don’t know what I love more, these bars or the squirrel story! SO so funny! That’s one lucky squirrel 🙂
My heart went pitter patter when I saw this. Seriously.
These are a knock out! Look so, so good!!!
Gorgeous bars, just what my weekend needs! TGIF!
These look so good! I love all things Samoas. Quick question – it looks like there’s a crust on the bottom. Is that just how the peanut butter/egg mixture bakes up?
Hi Lindsay! Yes, that is how the eggs and PB bake up. Pretty amazing, eh?! 😀
These look absolutely amazing! Pinned!
Katarina you are so funny. Thanks for the laugh and the recipe cant wait to make them.
Sorry that I laughed at your loss, but that was so funny oh wow?? That squirrel is a genius – I wish it had been me who stole the pan, because I’d love to eat them all.
They look mouth-watering ahhhh.
I hope you enjoy your weekend! x
OMG! I’ll bet that squirrel thought it had gone to heaven! AND it came with a nice roof for the squirrel house!
Yep I want this right now.
Best story I’ve read in a LONG time! Maybe ever. I don’t have a habit of stealing but these bars…not sure I could resist the temptation! Gorgeous.
Klepto squirrels. I’m loving it. I don’t blame the little critter though. The bars look amazing.
Oh man I could eat a ton of these bars.
That is the funniest story about the squirrel! It made me lol! Our squirrels would have taken it too. Especially since it has peanut butter in it – they love peanut butter. Best to let delicious treats like this cool in the house.
OMG THEY’RE GORGEOUS!!
First the recipe itself. I love seven layer bars and anything with sweet cond milk, yes, sold. And the PB.
It looks like a layer of PB custard. Love it’s just really PB + eggs. Nice.
And your photography. STUNNING!!! pinned
A squirrel stole your pan of peanut butter bars? That’s the funniest thing I’ve ever read on a blog. 🙂
Of course the bars DO sound pretty good.