Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

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Hey everybody. Did you know I like peanut butter? Because, I like peanut butter. You may have gotten that impression from a few other recipes I’ve done in the past, like my:

Today I have something a little different: peanut butter bars! These are a crumbly, peanut butter and graham cracker base with a chocolate ganache on top. They’re quick and easy to make (which is generally a feature of my recipes, though not always) and they’re super tasty.

There’s a bit of a story to this one. This was a treat I always had growing up. Mom would make them for us, and they didn’t last very long. One time, I remember, she made them for a potluck, and everyone was hooked. After that, she had to make them for pretty much every party or cookout, because people would always ask for them. She (and later, I) would double the recipe, and it would still be gone by the end of the night.

I’ve been making these for so long, I don’t actually really use a recipe anymore. The original recipe came from some old cookbook, but was modified over the years to make something a little more in tune with our family tastes. I’m sure it’s drifted further from the original in the time I’ve spent making it without one, too. I decided, when I made them the other night, that I should actually write down the recipe again before it gets lost.

I love peanut butter, but this isn’t a peanut butter blog, so I promise I’ll have non-PB recipes coming up! Just, you know, not this week.

Peanut Butter Bars

Simple and decadent peanut butter bars, evolved from a recipe I've been making since my childhood.
Servings 9 Bars
Prep Time 20 mins
Chill Time 1 hr

Equipment

  • Saucepan
  • Baking Dish (8×8 or 9×9)
  • Parchment Paper

Ingredients

  • 11 Tbsp Butter One stick + 3 Tbsp
  • 1 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 Cup Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Cup Chocolate Chips I used peanut butter and chocolate chips for this one.

Instructions

  • In your sauce pan, melt 1 stick of butter.
  • Add the peanut butter and melt it, stirring constantly to mix it with the butter until smooth.
  • Turn off the heat, then add the powdered sugar and graham cracker crumbs. Mix to combine.
  • Grease and line your baking dish with parchment paper (to make the bars easier to remove when they're done.)
  • Add the peanut butter mix to the baking sheet and smooth out.
  • Melt the remaining 3 Tbsp of butter in the sauce pan.
  • Add the chocolate chips and stir until they're melted and it's mixed together.
  • Pour the chocolate over the top of the peanut butter mixture and spread it evenly.
  • Chill the bars for at least 1 hour, or until cool and solid.
  • Keep them refridgerated! You can let them warm up a bit to make cutting them easier, though.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate, Dessert, Peanut Butter

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