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Peanut Butter Buddies Bars-At last!! Part One 
 
Jan. 30, 2012 7:04 pm 
Updated: Feb. 17, 2012 11:03 am
I did it!!  I finally made this recipe that been couped up in my head way too long!!  Try several months=one year at least..This is a very easy recipe even though with steps of recipe, don't let it fool ya!!  It's a repetitive cycle and wanted to make the recipe-reader friendly.  Even little ones can join the fun in making this lushious, deeeee lissshhhhhhiciousiness bar for every peanut butter lover out there!!  You can't go wrong with peanut butter, chocolate and crispy wafer layers!!  Now, this recipe has FOUR layers of goodness..not just three.. and THREE layers of peanut buttery goodness..not two..but wait, there's more..DOUBLE THE AMOUNT OF PEANUT BUTTER DELISHICIOUSINESS IN EACH LAYER!!  I'll bet ya you'll be saying, "It's better than store-bought!" Well, first, it is!!  Ok, the pro on this...you know what's in the bar!!  You will be glad to serve this to your kids than the artificial junk that you can't even pronounce! And of course the obvious!!  Ok onward with the recipe and steps of this wonderful recipe..

Wafer cakes you can find in international imported food stores, mainly eastern european. Croatian, Serbia, Polish, etc..  I found mine at West Side Market in Cleveland, Ohio, that caters anything imported from middle east to europe.  Some grocery stores do carry these items in the international food isles.  Donia brand comes with five thin large wafers approximately 9x13.  One side is diamond-shaped design while the other side is squared.  The diamond-shaped side is usually used facing up while the squared-side is down-flat for making confectionaries.  Other brands may be designed differently as I was told by the importer himself when I inquired about the wafer cakes.  They are exactly like the ones you will find in the popular bars that are barely sweet, light and crispy..wonder if they get them from there too??!!  They are fairly reasonable priced as well.  Be careful, they are brittle and will break if you are not careful opening the package.

Now to the recipe..

Start with putting some waxed paper on your table-take two sheets, bigger than 9x13 and over-lap them.

If you have a KitchenAid, this will be handy for mixing the peanut butter spread. If not, hand mixer will be just fine.

  • 1 Package Wafer Cakes (Donia or other imported)
  • 1 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 cups peanut butter (creamy)
  • 24 oz. chocolate almond bark (melted)

Melt your butter in microwave or stove-top.  Then add butter, powdered sugar and peanut butter to medium bowl/mixing bowl.  Since I use my KA, this is the method I used to fluff up the spread.  You will have to mix by hand mixer for 15 minutes to make it fluffy. Blend ingredients on low speed to get the ingredient blended while stopping to scrape down the bowl until all is blended.  Then turn the speed on to medium high for 10 minutes-it will be soft and fluffy.  After its done, scrape down again and your attachment of the yummie spread.

Next, open the wafer cake package.  Place the first (bottom layer) diamond-shaped side up facing you.  You want the squared-side down facing the table.  

Spread generously of the peanut butter spread from edge to edge about 1/2" inch thick evenly-remember, there's a lot of spread to fill each layer!

Next, add the next wafer cake layer diamond-shaped down facing the peanut butter spread. You do not need to press the wafer cake as you do not want it to break, just simply stack it.  The weight of the spread will take care of any air pockets in each layer.

Then repeat the cycle two more times.

The final wafer cake layer should be diamond-shaped facing up. Simply scrape and smooth sides of cake as some spread may have oozed out.  Transfer with waxed paper (easy to lift) onto cookie sheet and refrigerate for 30 minutes to set it up for easy cutting into bars.

Take the cake out and remove it from cookie sheet back onto the table with the waxed paper.

Cut lengthwise right down the middle of the cake 1x.  Then cut widthwise 12 times which will give you 24 bars. Separate bars from each other enough space for melting chocolate to be spread on each bar.

Melt your chocolate almond bark accordingly to the package directions.

Take two teaspoons (1 tsp on each end of the bar) and spread the chocolate, pushing, scraping the chocolate edge to edge spilling over onto the sides of the bar (you will be able to detect/see the diamond-shaped design) with a spoon.  Spread the sides of the bar till covered.

Let the chocolate set up and then turn each bar over and spread more chocolate on the bottom but a little less.  Let it set up again. 

If you cannot wait, go ahead, take one!  But put the bars in a sealed container, layering with waxed paper in the refrigerator for future consumption!

Now that was easy-just spreading the chocolate is a little tedious but well worth it!!


Donia Wafer Cakes
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Mixing Peanut Butter Spread ingredients
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Donia Wafer Cakes
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Squared Side of wafer cake
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Finished PB Spread
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Spreading PB spread edge to edge-first layer
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Adding second layer of wafer
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Comments
Jan. 30, 2012 8:09 pm
As soon as I find the wafers - I'm making this! Yum! :) Nice job!
 
Jan. 30, 2012 8:41 pm
Thanks Caroline-btw, I love your profile pic-so colorful!! I can't wait til you try them!!
 
DIZ♥ 
Jan. 30, 2012 8:54 pm
These look so good and so professional! I can't wait to try. Hopefully, I can find the wafers. We have a grocery store that has a fairly extensive international market, so I'm crossing my fingers they have them. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
 
Jan. 31, 2012 3:12 am
Thanks fir sharing your recipe. I love store bought ones, so, these homemade bars will be more enticing!
 
Jan. 31, 2012 4:20 am
Smiles to DIZ and luv2cook-Thank you both!! I do hope you do find the wafers-maybe if not try amazon?? I do hope you guys get the chance of making them..and sharing is twice the fun!
 
Jan. 31, 2012 5:28 am
Nope - not available on Amazon! :(
 
Jan. 31, 2012 5:50 am
Look here: http://www.efooddepot.com/products/karolina/21826/karolina_oblatne_tort_%28wafers_sheets%29__hypen__5_dot_29oz.html
 
Susie 
Jan. 31, 2012 6:24 am
Wow! Those look amazing. I'll bet they taste even better than they look.
 
Jan. 31, 2012 9:15 am
Good searching WFDM!! And thanks too! Now can get them if not in your area!! Thanks Susie!!
 
Jan. 31, 2012 9:19 am
What weight are yours, WC? Heavy or the thin? I see various weights...200-150-70...?
 
Jan. 31, 2012 10:15 am
I like Peanut Butter Buddies Bars, but have not had any for years because if i would buy them I would eat the whole box.
 
Jan. 31, 2012 11:34 am
Glad I saved the label-Thank goodness they gave english translation of the Donia label..180g=6.3 0z.net weight-I should have posted the size and weight of the package of Donia..that would be helpful! Thx WFDM!! AND KingSparta-I know the feeling-but I have a little one and she loves the stuff..out of sight, out of mind!! Tricky for me!! LOL
 
Jan. 31, 2012 3:00 pm
OK I found them on Amazon under Tort Wafers..really good deals on them.. 
ww.amazon.com/Wafers-THICK-quick-cakes-sheets/dp/B000LQJ6JO?ie=UTF8&tag=shugar-20&link_code=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969
 
Jan. 31, 2012 3:04 pm
Also I did find Donia's website!! http://www.donia-info.com.mk/products.html
 
Jan. 31, 2012 3:52 pm
mmm, those would be gone in minutes if my husband and I got a hold of them! Cool blog.
 
Jan. 31, 2012 5:21 pm
Great recipe, I will have to adapt it as believe it or not I don't like peanut butter. Wonderful blog, thank you!
 
Jan. 31, 2012 6:00 pm
LOL@Lissa-I agree!! Sure why not apple.strudel-try caramel!! or cream frosting, any nut butter will do!! Possibilities are endless!!
 
Jan. 31, 2012 6:01 pm
BTW Lissa and apple.strudel-thanks for the compliament of blog ; )
 
KGora 
Jan. 31, 2012 7:01 pm
These sound scrumptious!
 
Feb. 1, 2012 3:00 am
; ) KGora
 
Feb. 10, 2012 8:32 pm
These look amazing (lifelong lover of Buddy Bars here!) and you're so clever to have thought up the recipe! If I ever find those wafers, I will definitely give this recipe a try. I do have to admit though that I doubt these are any less bad for you or less full of weird ingredients than regular Buddy Bars. Almond bark, regular peanut butter (like Jif), and probably those wafers have all sorts of weird stuff in them.
 
Feb. 17, 2012 11:03 am
Thanks TBC!! Certainly these are wholesome since they don't have additives, perservatives and other junk they do add to those bars in stores. My daughter still swears that these are better than store-bought since they are more chocolately and peanut buttery-I lather on up the stuff-and more layers too!! I have passed them out to her V-day party at school and kids gobbled them up-even parents who were attending-I am Head Room Parent, they were really impressed that I originated the recipe and a lot more healthier treat!
 
 
 
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I am a single mother of a terrific 9-year old little girl who is a finicky eater. I love to cook, bake, etc. but I am always dieting, so I don't make my favorite foods unless its special occasions. I am known for my famous decadent pastries, baked goods, especially CHOCOLATE!!! Any recipe I can do unless I don't have the tools. I love to collect antiques even old cookie molds that I use for my baking as well as a vintage clothing collector. I am a martha stewart at home, love to create and be artistic. I have lately been creative with recipes trying to create healthy, diet dishes that are tastey and not going on the waist with much success that also don't mess with my blood sugar and getting rave reviews from people in the local gym I attend.
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Anything my late Mother used to make for us kids (well, almost..still don't like liver!. I wish I had her cookbook but it was lost in a move years ago. I love making all slovak dishes my mother used to make and do it just from my head from watching her over the years in the kitchen. I hope I pass this to my daughter as well.
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Growing up in a european home, the tradition is in the kitchen, if you want to learn how to cook is to sit and watch. This was told to me by my mother as she was told to by her grandmother the same for generations. That's how they become such great cooks that no one could match.
My cooking triumphs
Anytime I make bakery for special occasion, the satisfaction is the smiles on their faces. I have a reputation to keep up for my sweets!! For one function I attend, they always expect me to bring a rich, decadent chocolate dessert which every year is different from the last!!! I have a saying, "Homemade is Bettermade!" when people rave my goodies over any commercial goods. = ) in which gives me my motivation to even be better!
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I have had plenty and still do..when it comes to creativity or sometimes, have to re-do cake since I am a perfectionist..but that's how we learn, learn from our mistakes.
 
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