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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Salt River Bars

Since the first time I tasted one of these at Liberty Market in Gilbert, Arizona, I dream about them. Like, once a week. They are my all-time favorite desert, hands down! So when my mom came across a recipe online, I was thrilled to try it! 

The first time I made them, I followed this recipe. I wanted tons, so I made the recipe for a 9 x 13 pan instead of the 8 x 8. They were so good! But I knew I could make some minor changes to make them taste a little bit more like the ones at Liberty Market

So, here's what I did:


1 box of Club crackers
1 1/2 cups butter (3 sticks)
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 jar of real peanut butter
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Course sea salt


Line your 9 x 13 pan with aluminum foil so that the edges hang over the side. This will make it easy to lift the bars out of the pan when they are finished. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.

Layer the pan with Club crackers. Sprinkle 1/3 of the butterscotch chips on top, then drizzle peanut butter over the crackers. My peanut butter was really liquidy (is that a word?) so it was easy to drizzle, but you may need to heat yours up first. I wanted just a hint of peanut butter so I didn't add much, but you can add as much as you like.

Over medium high heat, melt butter and brown sugar together, stirring constantly, to form a caramel. It took me a little over 4 minutes, just like the original recipe says. You'll notice the mixture become smooth and begin to bubble when it's ready.

Pour 1/3 of the caramel over the crackers, butterscotch and peanut butter. This melts the butterscotch chips and peanut butter so you can spread them all out evenly if you want. I'm neurotic, so I did. 

Add another layer of crackers, then butterscotch, peanut butter and caramel, and then repeat one more time. Top the last layer with crackers. Aaaand I just realized I forgot to add the top layer of crackers. Whoops!

Melt your chocolate chips, pour them on top, and spread. The first time I made these I thought there was too much chocolate. I know, that's crazy! I was trying to replicate my beloved SRB's from Liberty Market, so I wanted just a little bit less. Also, the second time around I didn't scrimp on the chocolate chips. I bought the expensive ones, and it made a big difference. Sprinkle sea salt on top and pop in the fridge!

The original recipe says to take the bars out of the fridge after 20 mins to lightly cut through the bars to make it easier to cut through once they're fully cooled. I tried that the first time and the layers were still too melty, so I just waited to cut them until the end.

I made mine after dinner and left them in the fridge over night, but I'm sure they'd be ready after just a few hours. Tooootally up to you.

They aren't exactly like the ones at Liberty Market, but they're pretty darn close and who cares! They're so delicious. I brought them to a Super Bowl party and everyone raved about them! I left with an empty plate, so I guess everyone must have loved them. These will definitely be my go-to party dessert from now on!

Be sure to save the crumbs! I left mine on the counter for a few minutes, and when I came back to the kitchen, the foil was practically clean! My family is just as obsessed with these as I am.

Let me know what you think!


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