Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Peanut Butter Bars

I was a little skeptical about these bars because they were so easy to make and required no baking. But they turned out really well and were very tasty and addicting. They taste like peanut butter cups in bar form. Yum!
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Here we go...
Melt Butter
 Stir in 2 cups of crushed graham cracker crumbs
 And 2 cups of powdered sugar
 And 1 cup of creamy peanut butter
(I had crunchy peanut butter on hand, so my bars turned out, well, more crunchy)
 Mix it all together
 Press into a 9x13 dish
 Spread Chocolate on and refrigerate. 
Cut and serve. That's it!

I tried two different chocolate toppings for fun. On one half I did the chocolate topping called for in the recipe (pictured below, right half) and on the other half I melted mini peanut butter cups from Trader Joes and spread that on and then sprinkled cut up pieces of peanut butter cups on top of that. Both combinations were tasty, but the recipe topping makes it taste more like Reese's Peanut Butter cups. But really, you can't go wrong with any peanut butter/chocolate combo.

 These are great because you can make them in advance and refrigerate them until ready to serve. I cut some this morning after chilling all night and they were nice and soft and cut really easy.

Peanut Butter Bars
1 cup butter or margarine, melted
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
4 tablespoons peanut butter

In a medium bowl, mix together the butter or margarine, graham cracker crumbs, confectioners' sugar, and 1 cup peanut butter until well blended. Press evenly into the bottom of an ungreased 9x13 inch pan.
In a metal bowl over simmering water, or in the microwave, melt the chocolate chips with the peanut butter, stirring occasionally until smooth. Spread over the prepared crust. Refrigerate for at least one hour before cutting into squares.

* I refrigerated the peanut butter bar part for about 20 minutes before spreading on the melted chocolate, then popped them back into the refrigerator.


Losin' lbs. since Summer left said...

If you want to see if your baked goods can hold up traveling by mail, well.... you have my address!

Adventures of Trace and Addy said...

Summer, first of all... I MISS YOU!!! Secondly, these bars are amazing! I just made them for the second time, YUM!

Bake-A-Holic said...

Losin' lbs.- I'm sure I have a recipe or two that would ship well! I wouldn't want you to lose to much weight now.

Laura- I miss you and the kids so much! Glad you stopped by and left a note. These bars are really good and super simple to make. I gave some out to the neighbors and they all loved them too!


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