Southern Plate’s PB Bars and New Giveaway

It took one look at Christy’s picture for me to decide I had to make these. Not for me to eat, mind you, but my family does get excited when I make sweets that actually turn out good. These are absolutely foolproof and it’s like eating a big ol’ Reese Cup.

These are chocolate-peanut butter dessert bars from Southern Plate. Is there anything that woman doesn’t do that’s amazing?

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Here’s what you need:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar (I used light)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups peanut butter
  • 2- 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine all ingredients except chocolate chips. Heat until butter and peanut butter until melted, about 1-2 minutes.

Remove from microwave and stir until a soft dough forms. Spread into a 9×13 pan. Microwave the chocolate chips at 30 second intervals until melted, stirring in between. I only used 75% heat to be on the safe side. Pour over the peanut butter mixture and spread evenly to cover completely. I found that this part does take patience….if you aren’t careful you will pull some peanut butter mix up as you spread. Take your time.

Allow to cool or put in fridge until the chocolate hardens. Cut into squares and cover. In Christy’s recipe she says that you can leave them at room temperature, but when I did they got too soft so I kept mine refrigerated. I promise, you will love these.

Now to the giveaway….


It’s a cookbook – a big fat grilling cookbook.

Although it isn’t newly released I wanted to share it because I absolutely love it. If you’re a griller like me, and want basic grilling knowledge plus new and creative recipes for outdoor cooking then you will love this.


To enter, all you have to do is comment on this post telling me the most creative thing you’ve ever made using your grill.

The winning post will be chosen by me and my editor, Joanna, and will receive a copy of Weber’s Way To Grill and have their recipe featured on my blog. The contest ends Saturday, June 18th at 9:00 pm CT.

Good luck and Happy Tuesday!

~Dixie Chik~


  • Shea

    Shea Goldstein is a writer and the voice behind Dixie Chik Cooks. She's also a recipe developer and brand ambassador. She has been published in several media platforms such as Redbook, Parade, Food Blogger Magazine and more. She has been developing recipes and writing since 2009. Shea is a Southern Belle Who's Thinking About What's For Dinner While Eating Lunch

This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. Istiak

    Maybe I am late for this giveaway. But I saved this ingredient to taste this recipe and I will try next week. Thanks for such as nice post 🙂

  2. Tina

    I have made pineapple skewers on the grill – put would like to try making a pizza.

  3. Kate@Diethood

    You know that I LOVE to grill… I need to win this!! :-))

  4. I have not lived many places with a grill, but in a week I am finally moving into a new house with an amazing grill! The most unique thing I have even grilled would probably have to be grilled peach halves to top a vanilla bean ice cream. Just blanch the peaches, remove the skin, slice in half, remove the pits and grill for a couple minutes to caramelize the sugars. I know mine may not be as unique as some others, but I finally will have a grill and could REALLY use a grilling cookbook! =)

  5. Terri R

    The most creative thing I ever fixed on a grill was pizza. I know it’s probably ol’ hat for a lot of folks, but it was a first for me and it was delicious!!

  6. Sharon

    My son thought I’d lost my mind when he watched me prepare this. Then, he tasted it and was hooked.

    Two pounds of ground pork, raw. One pound of bacon, cooked and chopped into small pieces. Enough slices of raw thick-cut bacon (about 20 slices) to weave together for a ‘roll cover’

    Now, a roll needs to be constructed. In a large bowl mix raw ground pork with seasoning of preference. I use garlic powder and Tony’s Cajun seasoning. Knead the seasoning into the ground pork.

    Using parchment or wax paper (about 20″ length) lay strips of raw bacon horizontally, touching each other, from top to bottom on the paper. This usually takes about ten-twelve slices. Next you will “weave” in the vertical slices to make a weave. In and out, over and under, weave the bacon into the horizontal strips, vertically. When you’re done, you will have a woven mat of bacon.

    Next, spread your raw pork right on top of the weave until it completely covers the rectangle you created. Once the pork is uniformly distributed, spread the crumbled bacon evenly over the raw pork. You’ll now have three firm layers.

    Next, using the ends of the paper, begin slowly rolling the mat into a roll from the shorter end. Roll only the pork mat, all the way to one end, and then working from the other end, roll back the other way with the raw bacon mat.

    (Yes, I have really done this!)

    Once you’re done you have a roll that weighs about 5 pounds. I smoke it for about 4 hours on the grill. It can be used in sandwiches, to season beans or veggies, or just sliced. It is Very Very Good!

  7. Melissa

    Those do look good, but I’m sure they wouldn’t fit in with my new diet… but a grill book sure would!

    Recently in Chicago, we had 2 days of heat around 100 degrees. For about 3 days prior to it, I soaked 2 pineapples, sliced, in a mixture of cinnamon, brown sugar, and Bacardi. On one of the hot days we had, we threw the marinated pineapple on the grill for about 15 minutes. The flavor was so great! I’m not a huge drinker, but these were so sweet and knocked me on my ass within 3 slices!

    Easily one of the best items I’ve ever grilled.

  8. Flyover Foodie

    I would get major wife points for making those! I think the most creative thing I used our grill for was to grill up my homemade coconut pound cake to serve with vanilla bean ice cream. It made our guests nervous initially, but they came around quickly!

  9. Tina@flourtrader

    chocolate and peanut butter-wow it does not get any better than that. Great pic-but I wish it was real-Yum!
    As far as grilling I would say pineapple slices.

  10. Great book! Thanks for the giveaway!

    I’m not very inventive when it comes to grilling, but my latest adventure has been pizza on the grill! Mmmmm!

  11. Delta

    wow yum!!!!!! I have not been creative on the grill, but once while camping I made eggs and bacon on the grill. like i said, not very creative at all, but would love to be!

  12. Lisa

    OK…thiss recipe is now permanently imbedded in my bookmarks – making them asap..they look UNBELIEVABLE! As for the book and thing I feel I ever grilled was, chocolate – peanut butter brioche sandwiches – honestly! Best to me since I LOVE peanut butter and chocolate 🙂

  13. Rach

    Those look completely amazing! I’m going to check out Southern Plate’s blog now!

    As for the most creative thing on the grill… probably bananas!

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