You are going to hate me for giving you this recipe. Either that, or you’ll want to erect a monument in your town square. Possibly to me. More likely to these peanut butter bars. They are amazing. In every way. Totally easy. 5 minutes into the pan, no baking easy. Sinfully delicious. I am not kidding. I want to eat the entire batch and I’m normally not really a peanut butter/chocolate girl. I know. I’m crazy. I must have been dropped on my head as a child or something. It’s a flaw. I’m sorry. Does it help that I loooooooove these?
I cannot express how exactly these taste like a Reese’s peanut butter cup. They are, in a word…perfect.
We start with some simple ingredients. Graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar and peanut butter.
Add some melted butter.
Mix it all together with a wooden spoon until it looks like this. See? Doesn’t that look like I spent an hour scooping out the insides of a couple hundred peanut butter cups?
Press it into a pan. I love offset spatulas. They are amazing.
By the way, I was feeling totally lazy tonight. Didn’t even print this recipe out. Just unplugged my netbook (isn’t it cute?) and set it on the counter. Yes. This is how I roll.
Now we’re going to melt up some chocolate and peanut butter into a gorgeous pseudo ganache. I totally did mine in the microwave cause I didn’t want to dirty a pot. Don’t eat this straight out of the bowl.
Give your spreader a wipe down and use it again to put the chocolate on top of your peanut butter layer.
Chill for an hour, then cut into squares. I like to use a pastry scraper for this. It fits so nice and neatly into a dish.
For perfectly square and even bars.
Peanut butter and chocolate perfection.
Happy dance. Happy, happy dance!
Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars
(from Let’s Dish)
1 cup butter melted
2 cups graham cracker crumbs (use the boxed kind, or grind them in a food processor. Tiny granules.)
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 cup + 4 tablespoons peanut butter
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
In a medium bowl, mix together the melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, confectioners’ sugar, and 1 cup peanut butter until well blended. Press evenly into the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 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 peanut butter layer. Refrigerate for at least one hour before cutting into squares.