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Peanut Butter Bars

Peanut Butter Bars

I forgot how good these peanut butter bars really are! I’ve been craving them for a few weeks, in a way that Reese’s Peanut Butter cups just couldn’t curb. Made with ingredients I already had on hand, these quick and easy to make treats were a big hit at an office potluck last week.

Peanut Butter Bars

Peanut butter and chocolate, oh how I love thee together! In a raving sweet tooth moment (or stress induced eating), I’ve been known to do this… Don’t judge!

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My mom used to make these peanut butter bars when I was a kid. I haven’t made them in a long time, but now that I’ve had them again, it won’t be long before I make them again. I made them for a work tailgating potluck last week and they disappeared pretty fast.

Ingredients – Bottom Layer:

  • 3/4 cup salted butter (melted)
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup peanut butter

Ingredients – Top Layer:

  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 5 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter

Directions:

  1. For bottom layer, combine butter, graham crackers crumbs, powdered sugar, and peanut butter in a medium size bowl. Spread evenly in a 9×13 pan.
  2. Refrigerate layer for 20-30 minutes.
  3. For top layer, melt chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter together in microwave safe bowl for 1-1.5 minutes. Stir every 30 seconds until fully melted and combined. Spread evenly over peanut butter layer.
  4. Refrigerate at least 20 minutes before cutting, makes 24-36 depending on how big you cut them.

I prefer serving/eating these slightly chilled. I find they set well, but on a warm day they will melt pretty quickly. At room temperature they hold up fine for a few hours. I use both milk chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate chips. You can use all of one or the other to your taste though (or what you have on hand).

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