Thursday, May 28, 2015

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Everyone has their favorite candy bar, for me it is a Kit Kat, but for my hubby, he is all about the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. So in honor of my hubby and his love of chocolate and peanut butter, I hit the kitchen with a mission. I was going to create him a homemade treat inspired by his favorite candy and that is when I came up with Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars!! These are so simply to make with just five ingredients!

Fair warning though, these Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars are sweet! A little piece will satisfy that sweet tooth in a hurry!! I cut mine into one or two bite size pieces otherwise my hubby and the country kids would be on a sugar high for days!


Ingredients

1 1/2 cup crushed graham crackers (about a pack and a half)
1/2 cup of butter, softened
1 1/2 cup peanut butter
3 1/4 cup powdered sugar
12 oz. chocolate chips (one bag)

I use the blender attachment on my WonderMix Kitchen Mixer to get my graham crackers nice and powdery. But you can always use the tried and true method of putting the graham crackers in a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to crush them up.


Once your graham crackers are ready to go, mix them in a bowl with the butter, peanut butter, and powdered sugar. The ingredients will come together is a tacky yet crumbly type of dough.


Dump the mixture out on a large, ungreased cookie sheet with a lip. You need the lip on the cookie sheet to keep all the dough in. Now, press the mixture down HARD into the pan. You want it to compact! Pay close attention to your edges or they will crumble when you cut them later. Once you have pressed the dough down, pour the bag of chocolate chips all over the top.

Place your cookie sheet in a 350 degree oven so that your chips will soften and you can spread them over the top evenly. This should take less then 10 minutes. You don't want to leave it in too long or it will dry out your base.


Once you spread the chocolate, place the pan in the refrigerator to set up. Before the chocolate sets rock hard, take the pan out and slice the pan into bars. Like I said, I keep my pieces on the smaller side as they a sweet and no one needs a sugared up kid running around! Place the sheet back in the fridge to finish setting up. Once the chocolate is hard, you can transfer your bars to a air tight contain and return them to the fridge. I keep ours in the fridge, so that in the summer the chocolate doesn't get all hot and melty. 

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars are a great treat and would make a wonderful gift as well! Bring them to your next family dinner or package them up as Christmas treat. I promise, these bars will become a family favorite!


27 comments:

  1. Yowza, over 3 cups of powdered sugar, I'll have to pass. Looks good though...

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    1. Yeah it is a "little" heavy on the sugar LOL It is candy after all (and I don't make it all the time, trust me!)

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  2. How yum can you get? I don't mind the sugar. If you're going to go there, do it properly =D

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  3. These look so delicious! I'm a real sucker for chocolate and peanut butter...Putting these on my must-try list!

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  4. These are yummy looking! You can't go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter :) Visiting from Wednesdays Wisdom.

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    1. No, you can't go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter!

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  5. Mindy you always come up with great recipes and this is looking so good. Thanks for sharing on #wednesdayswisdom

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  6. these look so delicious and simple to make - thank you!

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  7. OMG! It seems to be delicious. I love chocolate. It is my weakness. And such an easy recipe.
    Thank you for joining #WednesdaysWisdom.

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  8. Oh my goodness, my favorite thing ever!! E.V.E.R.!! Think I need to make these this week! :)

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  9. These sound delicious and look great, thanks for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

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  10. It was nice to visit you this morning. Friendship Friday pointed me to your site when I caught a glimpse of today’s post. I couldn’t resist knowing more. Any who, I’m glad that I found you! Mmm, sounds yummy! Did you think to try using the graham crackers as a cookie base, then pour the PB mixture that doesn't have graham crackers incorporated on top, and then spread melted chocolate to the last layer? I was just wondering how this recipe would work as a layer cookie treat. What do you think? I invite you to stop by anytime to see what’s going on with Curious as a Cathy, but today you have a chance to read http://curiousasacathy.com/2015/06/meet-my-grandparents-part-iii-flashbackfriday

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    1. Recipes are always fun to play with. I say try it any way you like and see what happens!

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  11. What a great way to get the chocolate topping! No more messing with a double boiler. :) Thanks for stopping by and sharing this on Five Friday Finds!

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  12. Sounds tasty! Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop!

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  13. YUM! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

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