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Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bar Recipe

House Home Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bar Recipe Cactus Club Cafe

The recipe for this crispy dessert from west coast restaurant Cactus Club Cafe is a kitchen secret, but the popular chain kindly modified it slightly for this easier home version. Enjoy three layers of chocolate decadence without turning on the oven.

8 servings

Crunchy Base
1 cup milk-chocolate chips
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup corn flakes

Dark Chocolate Mousse
1 cup dark-chocolate chips
2 cups whipping (35%) cream

Milk Chocolate Caramel Glaze
1/2 cup store-bought caramel sauce
1/4 cup milk-chocolate chips
1 tbsp chopped roasted and salted peanuts


Step 1: Lightly grease a loaf pan and line with parchment paper.

Step 2: For the base, melt chocolate chips slowly over a double boiler. Stir peanut butter into melted chocolate, then fold in cornflakes. Press into loaf pan.

Step 3: For mousse, while melting chocolate chips, whip cream into soft peaks. Fold 1/3 of whipped cream into melted chocolate. Add another 1/3 and emulsify mousse, then stir in the final 1/3. (It’ll be liquid-y.) Pour over base. Set pan in freezer for 2 hours to firm up.

Step 4: For glaze, heat caramel sauce on low heat in a saucepan. When hot and liquid, remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips until they melt, then add peanuts. Pour glaze over frozen mousse. Using a small spatula, spread glaze over surface.

Step 5: Refrigerate until ready to serve. Cut into 8 bars and serve with vanilla ice cream and remaining caramel sauce.


Rob Feenie


Cactus Club Cafe

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