Handle the Heat’s Monthly Baking Challenge

This month’s challenge recipe will be for my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Bars! All of the details and rules are detailed below.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Bars

Prizes Include

(2) TWO:
$75 Amazon Gift Cards!

How It Works

Follow these steps to participate in the challenge:

To Participate:

Make a batch of Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Bars.

How and Where to Share:

Take a photo of your bars and share before August 31st 11:59pm PT. CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR PHOTO. You can share photos from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or upload them directly from your computer, but they must be submitted here to be included.

How to Win:

Every person who submits a photo following those directions will be entered into a random giveaway to win 1 of two $75 Amazon gift cards! No purchase necessary. The winner will be selected randomly; so don’t worry about taking a perfect picture.

the details…

Your photos may be put on display to share with my entire audience – that’s hundreds of thousands of people! Winner will be notified and must reply with Amazon.com account email address to receive gift card. If there’s no response within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen.

Submit Your Entry

Past Challenge Winners

July 2018:
Melissa Costa
June 2018:
Christina Knott
May 2018:
Logan Buie
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About the Recipe

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Bars


Tip One: Don’t use an all natural peanut butter that separates easily in this recipe. I’ve used Skippy “natural” peanut butter, which doesn’t separate, with success.

Tip Two: Brown sugar is a must for this recipe! It adds moisture, extra chewiness, and that wonderful butterscotch flavor which complements the peanut butter so well. Here’s a helpful video article I wrote about how to DIY and store brown sugar.

Tip Three: I tested this recipe using an 8-inch square metal baking pan. If you use a glass or ceramic pan, you’ll likely need to increase the baking time. Just a hint: metal pans tend to make for chewier crunchier corner pieces.

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My name is Tessa and I’m the creator of Handle the Heat. I’m also a professionally trained chef and cookbook author who’s obsessed with all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. You can learn more about me here.


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