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Recipe: Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars


These delicious Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars were a “Bake-Off” winner at my job about 10 years ago… at the time, I worked for a very large company and management got together and decided to have a Bake-Off with the management team baking and have the staff decide the winner… it was a blind taste test so we couldn’t play favorites… these Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars were the hands down winner… they were just like Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cups only better… if that’s even possible.

My boss was a single…“No-Bake kinda guy”…. He was all for the idea of a Bake-Off until he realized that included him….. yes… the top boss had to participate and …. to everyone’s surprise… the “No-Bake kinda guy” won. He got totally insulted when we wondered if he had paid his mother to make them… he had made them all… enough to feed all 120 of us… and then some.

What surprised us even more.. it was a no bake recipe…

He happily shared the recipe… which I lost a few years ago… I saw a recipe online about two years ago.. I knew it didn’t sound right … but I tried it anyway…and it wasn’t the right recipe… then recently I was paging through recipes and saw the picture… and I remembered the recipe… funny how you suddenly remember things when you’re not trying… not that there is much to remember.. very few ingredients… and easy to remember quantities…

TIPS

I always line a pan with non-stick foil (a fabulous invention.. Bless the person who thought of it….).. make sure the sides over hang a bit so you can simply lift out the entire pan of bars at once… and cut them on a cutting board.

I use a wire whisk to mix the graham cracker crumbs and sugar so they mix evenly.

When cutting the bars,I use a large sharp kitchen knife…. making long even cuts.

Wipe the blade in between cuts to get a clean edge on the cut bars.

This is a very easy recipe… that will be perfect for just about occasion… they’re perfect for a quick sweet for while watching the game…. and actually.. they’re really perfect for anytime.






Recipe: Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

All you need:

For the Base:

2 sticks (1 cup) butter, melted
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 cups confectioners sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter

For the Topping:

1 ½ cups semi sweet chocolate chips
¼ cup creamy peanut butter

All you need to do:

Line a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with non-stick foil.

In a large bowl, using a wire whisk, gently mix the graham cracker crumbs and sugar until well mixed.

Add the melted butter and peanut butter and mix with a spoon until well mixed.

Using a spatula, press the crumb mixture evenly in the pan.

In a medium microwaveable bowl, microwave the chocolate chips and peanut butter until the chips are melted… stir with a spoon every 15 seconds.

Spread the chocolate mixture over the peanut butter crumb base.

Refrigerate at least 1 hour before cutting.

2 comments:

Simply Creations October 8, 2011 at 8:25 AM  

H Linda,

Do you think the peanut butter/base layer might hold up for me to form into small balls & then dip into the melted chocolate/PB topping? Guess I'm thinking along the lines of the way Buckeyes are made ... Not sure if it would hold it's consistency ~~~ what do you think?

Thanks for yet another awesome recipe!

Beth

Linda October 8, 2011 at 10:15 PM  

Hi Beth... I don't know if they would hold up as balls...I don't think I'd recommend it.... i can tell you this... after refrigerating the bars they are quite stiff... but .. they soften at room temperature...and the top layer of chocolate gets soft if you handle them too much...

I hope this helps. It's an interesting idea.. and I'll keep a lookout for a suitable recipe...

Thanks for stopping by.

Linda

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